A Step-by-Step Guide On How To Draw A City Street
The most amazing thing about an architectural drawing of a city street is that you can draw it with specific geometrical patterns and mathematical aspects. Once you’ve managed to draw a perfect basic model, you can add your own personal touch.
How Do You Draw A City Street From 1-Point Perspective?
The most popular method of drawing a city street is 1-point perspective, which is also the most efficient and beautiful. Here is a tutorial that will help you draw a complex city street scene more easily.
Step 1: Draw the Vanishing Point
A vanishing point is a point on an image plane where two parallel lines in a two-dimensional projection plane and three-dimensional space meet; it is an important term primarily used in perspective drawing, and it is also known as an irection point because parallel lines drawn in the same vector have the same vanishing point.
Step 2: Draw the Basic Building Structure
If you want to draw a city street from one-point perspective, you must draw your first line only perpendicularly; this line is decisive and determines how the rest of your drawing will look. See my post on the Artists Basic Equipment List for more information.
Step 3: Color Code Your Lines
Color-code different types of lines, such as vertical lines in yellow and lines that represent the height of the building in yellow; also, give your vanishing point a distinct color so that you always know where it is and have a reference for it.
Step 4: Start Drawing other Buildings
To make the picture look good, you must draw three types of lines: a vertical line for the building’s height, a horizontal line for its width, and a line that goes towards the vanishing point. The lengths and positions of all the lines must be in synchronization.
Here is a step-wise guide to drawing buildings
Draw a line that represents a building’s front edge and connect it to your reference line to indicate thickness. To give the building thickness, draw perpendicular lines of equal length at both ends of the vertical line and then join them with a vertical line.
Step 5: Keep repeating the process
The number of buildings you want to draw is largely determined by the size of your canvas or page, so keep repeating the process until you’re close to the vanishing point.
Step 6: Start Drawing the other side of the Street
Start drawing the opposite side of the street, starting with a vertical line and then moving on to the other buildings. Before you begin, keep in mind that if you have drawn the other side wider and on the left side of the paper, this side should be a little narrower, as the right side is the viewer’s side.
Step 7: Merging the ends of both the sides of the street
Because the viewer will only see the width of the buildings from his or her side, the end of the left side of the street should be drawn with diagonal lines, one from the top and one from the bottom of the building. The more narrow side of the street, the right side, should be ended by a building overlapping the vanishing point.
Step 8: Draw the Additional Features
With both sides of the street meeting at the vanishing point, you’ve completed the basic body of your drawing; now all you have to do is add some additional features to bring the picture to life. What kinds of things can you draw here? Doors and windows, as well as other decorative and colorful items. When drawing the windows and doors, keep in mind the side of the street you’re drawing from.
Step 9: Adding the Minute Details
To make the street look more appealing, add small zig-zag lines on the front side of the buildings. The lines should be drawn parallel to the lines going towards the vanishing point. You can make the windows stand out by adding semi-circular roofs to them. Buildings can be modified with triangular or rectangular shaped roofs drawn with proper line work.
Step 10: Giving the Finishing Touches
Now that your masterpiece is complete, you can either add a finishing touch by sketching it, painting it, or coloring it with vibrant colors, depending on the type of impact you want the drawing to have on its audience. And that concludes our steps to drawing a perfect city street portrait using one point perspective.
When Is A Drawing Considered One-point perspective?
One-point perspective is used to draw railways, streets, long corridors, and housing complexes because it has only one vanishing point.
A drawing is said to be two-point perspective if it has two vanishing points that are always on the horizon line. Objects and scenes drawn from one-point perspective can also be drawn from a two-point perspective. Examples of two-point perspective images include a corner view of a house and roads shrinking beyond the viewer’s sight.
Three-point perspective has three vanishing points, two of which are the same as those in two-point perspective, and the third vanishing point is for the intersection of the vertical lines that form the building’s height. If the viewpoint is from the top of the building, the third vanishing point is for the intersection of the vertical lines that form the height of the building.
How To Draw A City Street Using Two-point Perspective?
The two-point perspective is used to draw a city street primarily when you want to create an urban atmosphere; it’s also useful when the creator is trying to capture the essence of two different worlds at the same time. Drawing a city street from a two-point perspective is slightly more difficult than drawing one from a one-point perspective.
Step 1: Draw a Horizon Line
In two-point perspective, color coding is even more important because there will be an additional number of lines and points. Draw a horizon in the center of your page that is one-third of the total length of your page. Now draw two points, one at the end of the horizon line and the other at the end of the horizon line. These points will act as your vanishing points.
Step 2: Create a Two-Point Perspective
Draw a vertical line perpendicular to the horizon line in the middle of the horizon line, about one-third of the length of the horizon line, but not too close to the vanishing points. To create a perspective, draw lines connecting each vanishing point to both ends of the vertical line.
Step 3: Create more corners and vanishing lines
To add two more corners, draw two lines in the middle of the two vanishing lines, one on the right side and one on the left side. The lines should be at a perfect right angle to the horizon line and drawn perfectly straight. To add more vanishing lines, join the lines to the vanishing points as you did before.
Step 4: Build your box
After you’ve drawn enough vanishing lines, draw a vertical line connecting the two points where a pair of lower and upper vanishing lines from two opposite vanishing points meet; do not try to make the line straight unless it’s naturally straight; tilted lines should not be drawn. You can create a perfect box by drawing several such lines and erasing the unnecessary ones.
Step 5: Give the finishing touches
You’ve completed the drawing’s foundation; now all you have to do is draw buildings on both sides of the box, all of which should be parallel or perpendicular to the box’s lines. You can then add all of the other fun elements to the drawing, just like we did in the one perspective tutorial.
How To Draw A City Street Using Three-point Perspective?
Three-point perspective is primarily used to draw a city street when the creator needs to depict a bird’s eye view of the city, but it can also be used in doodling or on posters. Let’s go over the basics of drawing a three-point perspective and then how to draw a city street from it:
Step 1: Draw the Vanishing Points
Starting with a horizon line with two vanishing points at each end, draw a triangle with the horizon line, and the third node of the triangle will compensate for the third vanishing point.
Step 2: Create the Basic Structure
Draw a line anywhere inside the triangle; the line does not have to be perfectly vertical or meet a vanishing point. Now, draw lines connecting both ends of the lines with the two vanishing points on the horizon line. Draw vertically diagonal lines from those lines, directing them towards the vanishing point.
Step 3: Draw the Complex Structures
After you’ve completed the above steps and created a basic structure, erase the unnecessary lines and begin drawing the most important structure of your drawing, which should revolve around the basic structure you’ve already created. After you’ve completed the most important structure of your drawing, begin drawing the surrounding buildings.
We hope that this post has enlightened you on the many different ways and forms in which you can draw a city street. All of the methods are equally interesting and produce different results. All you have to do now is decide what scene you want to portray through your drawing and which drawing style to use based on the requirements of your scene.
How do you draw a city for kids step by step?
- Draw the ground line.
- Add roof top details and the clock tower.
- Draw the windows and chimney of the left building.
- Draw the windows and door of the next building.
- Draw the window and door for the last building.
- Finish with top windows and lamp post.
How do you draw a city scape easy?
Drawing Techniques for Cityscapes
- Choose the Right Materials.
- Understand Perspective.
- Draw from Life or a Photograph.
- Plan with a Pencil.
- Don’t Rely on Rulers.
- Bring Your Cityscape Drawing to Life with Color.