How to Draw a City using 1-Point Perspective: A Bird’s Eye View

How to Draw a City using 1-Point Perspective: A Bird’s Eye View


Hello and welcome to my new video, How to Draw a City using 1-Point Perspective, seen from above, from a bird’s eye point
of view, the first step in this drawing is to
draw two parallel lines across your page, the buildings are going to be above and
below these two lines and then there are going to be some roads in the middle, next I need to draw a rectangle, which
will be the top of one of the tall buildings, and all the rectangles that we draw
need to be parallel with the sides of the paper, next I will draw a dot somewhere near the center of the page and that will be my Vanishing Point, now I need to find the corners of the
rectangle and draw lines towards the vanishing point so I’ve got three lines from the edges
of the rectangle going right to the vanishing point and stopping there next I’ll repeat this process higher up,
for another top of a building again I read the lines from the edge of this rectangle
towards the vanishing point in the center of the page now, to draw a city I will need to repeat this quite a lot, so I’ve got
lots of buildings, it depends where you play some how big
they’re going to be, so this one here is quite a large rectangle for this drawing,
but the foreshortening at the front facade of the building will be quite
tight so these lines come in but I don’t you
think too much I just draw them to the point, then this
time there won’t really be there because it’s parallel to the vanishing point so what I do is so just draw a little
rectangle coming off the main building then that’d be like a second a lower
down building and then that will have a line going to the vanishing point next, I’ll draw another square or rectangle over here, so it’s quite important, I think, at this stage to make sure that they work
just the way we want, later on you can add a lot more
buildings in between the spaces of the first ones but just get the first ones
working around the vanishing point would be really useful so I’ll do another one over back here, and
sometimes if they’re away from the vanishing point, if I’d like, I can draw
the lines going all the way to the vanishing point and they’ll look that
tall buildings so I want so range of heights within
this so I don’t have to draw the line actually to the vanishing point, but I can just read it towards the vanishing point and stop the pencil line before it actually gets
there, for this drawing I’m using a 4B pencil and some cartridge paper so now I think we are getting some illusion of looking down on
some buildings next I need to find the base of the
buildings, now these will be parallel to the top of the buildings, the top
rectangle that we drew first and you just read that line cross, this
is quite straightforward for the first buildings, because they
stop at the two parallel lines that we drew at the beginning and therefore the
basis of these buildings will be coming off days two parallel lines now I use an erasor to rub out some of
these lines going straight to the vanishing point, just so that we can see what we got a little bit more and so they look a bit more like buildings rather
than just and lots of line shooting way to the vanishing point so I repeat the process speed up the
film a little bit now so you’ve got another building here it’s
going to be quite tall, I will put in the base as we go along I can read it to the vanishing point but also
I can read off the other lines that have already got in the drawing to make an
estimate of where they go and then down here up another one and this will be
behind the earlier building that I’ve already drawn, so I’m going to stop the
line about there, because otherwise there wouldn’t be any space that the
ground wouldn’t be there, so you just need to look really and see, what’s positioning makes sense for the
building to stop, so they’ll stop and the ground is sort of flat, it
doesn’t vary too much so rub out the base of that one so you
can see where it stops right now, I will do a few more buildings over on this side and start to really build up a city now of lots and lots of different buildings so you can see sometimes when they
overlap it will make the tall building look like it’s coming forward if there’s
a lower building to the side of it, which is behind it, so it’s sort of
to the building’s behind push the buildings in front forwards, to create more illusion of
space and looking down now all of the rectangles, as I said
before, are parallel to the sides of the page and also parallel to each other, so
they’re all at right angles to each other at all stages, in an older City
obviously there’ll be lots of different sorts of buildings at different angles,
but just for straightforward simple 1-Point Perspective you’ve got all the
parallel lines going to the one vanishing point in the center just to make it straight forward and
also probably to make a more dramatic image at the end it’s amazing how many buildings you can
actually squeeze in and some of them they just become small parts of a
building because the hidden by the buildings in front of them so the process has become faster this
stage, so you can actually just place a few rectangles all in one go and then read the lines cross to the
vanishing point so it is probably quite a good idea just to think about the scale of the
building’s now, so I want to make these buildings that very large, so as I place
them in, I’m starting to think about how I will then add some context of scale so
having to put some cars into the road that I will placed down on the center of this
picture later on and that will give us some scale and also I’ll be able to give it some
scale by placing some lines for the windows but in the meantime I just continue doing these
buildings getting a variety of different shapes
and heights to fill the city up that I’ve got for this video I keep the drawing, the page, still, but probably wasn’t filming it I would turn the page around so I could just get the angle more easily because it’s a
drawing which should probably work sort of on its side and upside down just as much as it does this way and
sometimes straight lines are easier to draw if you can turn the page to the angle
which is more appropriate for you and obviously could use ruler, I just find
it a bit slow to use a ruler and also if you use ruler and you get something
slightly wrong it shows up a lot more whereas if you’re
just drawing it freehand it has a more sort of organic quality and in
their buildings but it just has a more oganic quality, so I
decided to put some things on top of the buildings they got a lot of flat roofs
here which at the top of the buildings and we’re looking down like a bird’s eye
view so just jumping forward hear a little bit I saved a bit of time and added all the
edge buildings now I’m putting some of the floors of the building then starting
with the lines very close when they’re near the vanishing point
and as they come towards the roof of the building they become further away and
then I’ll put some of the details on the top of the buildings and doesn’t really matter too much what
they are water storage or coolers or service things or swimming pools
whatever you can just add little things to them I think some of the lines darker to give
the more contrast to the picture make it look a little bit more dramatic so I just keep going with this again and
again and created a view of the city looking down I eraised the vanishing point now because
I don’t need it it’s sort of goes away and now
I’m going to add some roads now I’ve left a big gap with the
original two parallel lines so that’s too big for one road so I’ve been going
to put a road system in and they can go between the buildings so I’ve rubbed out the
two parallel lines which was the first to lines I drew and now just making up some road system and these are going to
be at right angles to each other or curves and all similar scale to whatever
first width of road you do so it’s more readable there’s no real perspective in the roads
it’s a bit like just a normal map I think if I do this a little bit more I
might want to add not just vehicles but add some tone to it because the white
center road system that I’ve got quite bright and it’s coming forward so if i
make it darker in a short while that will create a more depth to the
picture so just adding and a few cars maybe a traffic jam here or there just sort of dotting them around they’re
not really cars they are just little marks to represent cars because of the
scale you don’t need draw and anything too
much so jumping ahead a little bit I’ve been
added a lot more cars and now I’m making the bases just outside the buildings, I
can making these bases a bit darker with the 4B pencil And now I have added some shading and darker areas to the road system so you can see which roads over-lap the other roads, so basically I think
that’s it for this drawing I hope you liked this drawing and give
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100 thoughts on “How to Draw a City using 1-Point Perspective: A Bird’s Eye View

  1. super amazing astonishing fabulous fantastic great creative awesome wonderful breadth taking………….★★★★★ ty bro

  2. THANKS ! I am doing homework tonight and my option to draw is either high crop (up shot) and Birds eye view or low crop and worms eye view

  3. Thank you so much for this video . U have done a great job. I found it very useful .plz upload more n more videos as I want to learn from you

  4. It is really lucid. It is really wonderful to discover that we can draw such complex images using this technique.

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