Mechanical Perspective from the Mind's Eye

 

It is important to have a solid comprehension of mechanical perspective. Keep in mind that this type of perspective is a system created to interpret and represent three-dimensional (3D) objects on a two-dimensional surface. Many artists break the rules of mechanical perspective or do not use mechanical perspective in their work at all. They either draw what they see (visual perspective) or invent perspective for more abstract ideas.


Materials: woodless graphite pencils and sticks, shading stumps for blending, 9 x 12 drawing paper. 
Drawing 1: invented landscape using one-point perspective.
Drawing 2: aerial view, three-point perspective of 3D forms creating an invented landscape.

Materials: woodless graphite pencils and sticks, shading stumps or chamois cloth for blending, 18 x 24 drawing paper. 
Drawing 3: two-point perspective from observation. Use the basic geometric forms supplied.

An invented landscape drawing using one-point perspective.