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Dining Room One-Point Perspective Drawing

Here is a series of three drawings showing the steps of a one-point perspective which is from my book Exploring Perspective Hand Drawing. Above is the finished drawing where the pattern was rendered on the floor, cabinet and chairs.  A combination of line and stippling was used to create the different values and textures.  Below is the first drawing that was started with the large rectangular shape representing the ceiling and wall lines.  A single vanishing point was added five feet up from the floor line and in the center.

The back wall is an elevation that has a scale.  The short lines on the left wall each represent a single foot.  The furniture and accessories were started with a rectangular or square flat front;  the vanishing point was used for the perspective lines; and the depth of the items was estimated.

In this drawing, the pieces were refined in their shapes and details were added. The plant and container were drawn on the cabinet top, the drawers and doors were added on the cabinet, and the chairs were defined.   The single vanishing point continues to provide the angles for the sides of these items.


  1. Aileen says:

    I thought this method of hand drawing was very useful. It helps with proportion. I also like the addition of three paintings behind the desk. I always think that it balances the room and makes it a little more interesting. Plus there are a lot of details added, but the drawing looks so clean.

  2. Ariana Burt says:

    I noticed you used scale lines that can be very helpful when used in other drawings to keep things in scale.

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  4. Sharee Gaither says:

    It was great for me to see how the dining room evolved by adding the textures. You made me want to try to do this myself! Having a vanishing point really helps to keep my perspective drawings centered. Thanks for this.

  5. Hi Prof. Stephanie,

    I like being able to see how the picture transforms throughout the process from the horizon line and vanishing points to the addition of textures. I believe seeing the process in steps really makes it easier to understand and then attempt myself.

    Franchesca Williams

    • drawinghand says:

      Glad this is helpful to see the steps to this drawing. Helena who was a student about 6 years ago made a comment to me about seeing the steps to these drawings instead of just seeing the finished one. This was very helpful to me to know. Prof. Stephanie

  6. Samantha Carnley says:

    This is a drawing that I can’t wait to get to. I have done a couple but I can’t wait to do more and get better at these. And then to progress to a two point persecutive of an entire room. Can’t wait to learn.

    Samantha C.

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