How to Draw City Buildings

The very first lesson in perspective is learning to draw depth. This is basically turning squares into cubes, and making a city skyline.
1. It’s very helpful for the students to draw on paper that has light grid lines already on it. I made my own, but you could go to Free Online Graph Paper and print your own. I recommend 1/4" squares on ll" x 17" paper or larger. Working horizontally, the students draw a horizon line and connected squares and rectangles on top of it as shown.
2. An angle line is drawn at the corner of each building as shown, taking care to make them all the same angle and length.
3. The angle lines are connected. Building details are added, and then all is traced with a black marker. Finally, colored pencils work well for coloring as they allow lots of detail work.
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