Using perspective will make your drawings look more realistic by making objects recede into space. It looks hard, but if you follow these directions you can do it!

But first, here's some 2-point perspective vocabulary that will come in handy:

  • The vanishing point is the point on the horizon where parallel lines meet and disappear.

  • The vantage point is where the viewer enters the picture. In our drawing, the viewer is looking down at the books.

We'll use three sheets of paper. Our finished drawing will be on the center sheet. The other two sheets will help us draw important guidelines.

The reason for using the extra sheets of paper is to allow our vanishing points to be farther apart, which will reduce distortion. A good explanation of why this is so can be found by Googling "cone of vision."

Follow the directions below to draw some books using 2-point perspective, and you'll have a chance to see your artwork published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on Sept. 1, 2018. Details for submission are below. Happy drawing! We'll post another art lesson next week.

How to submit your artwork

Children are invited to send or email copies of their work to us at the address or the email below. Phone pictures are fine. One drawing weekly will be selected for publication on Sept. 1 and the selected artists will receive a prize.

Be sure to include your name, age, mailing address, and email or phone number.

Send to:
Arts Editor Becky Batcha
Philadelphia Inquirer
801 Market St.
Phila., PA 19107