One Point Perspective Drawing – Definition, Uses, History & How To Draw

One Point Perspective has sharpened the work of art giving an in-depth realistic touch of space and depth.

In most of the masterpiece art (you name it – The Last Supper, The Tribute Money & so on), this graphical technique is used to demonstrate the reality of any drawing.

Do you want to learn more about One Point Perspective? This is the exact article to find out its history, definition, uses and how to draw them.

1-Point Perspective
A graphical illustration of a 1-Point Perspective

What is One Point Perspective? Definition & Uses

When a picture contains just one vanishing point on the horizon, then a picture is said to be One Point Perspective drawing.

Typically, these types of viewpoint are used to illustrate the picture of lobbies, railroad tracks, roads and even buildings or city. Speaking of the spectator, he/she will be legitimately confronting the ideal creation directly to the end of the VP.

The parallel lines that converge at the vanishing point either carries an object or a graphical presentation which then correspond straightforwardly to the viewer’s eyes.

Similarly, when an image is parallel to two axes of a rectilinear scene then there must be the existence of One-Point Perspective.

In the event that one axis is corresponding with the image plane, at that point all components are either corresponding to the image plane vertically/horizontally or perpendicularly.

Every component parallel to the image plane is drawn as equal lines while elements perpendicular unites at a solitary point.

The definition might be a little confusing, so let me thoroughly try to clear you what actually it means looking at some drawings.

One Point Perspective Drawing: How To ‘Visualize’

These drawing with one-point perspective will definitely help you understand on how to picture an object, road, city, buildings, or even a room.


A 3D graphical image of room.

With the same approach of perspective, interiors or three-dimensional rooms can be created using a vanishing point that lies in an imaginary horizon line.


A 3D graphical image of Building

A structured approach is maintained while surfacing the illusion of space while creating a building.


City in One Point Perspective

If you look closely to the imaginary line then you might be able to notice that the lines are moving away, to get in contact with each other as they get more distant.

Railway Track

One thing that’s interesting is having an illusion of parallel lines meeting at the vanishing point which indeed is not true.

Railway tracks joining the vanishing points

As you all know, parallel lines never intersect with each other, the perspective creates an illusion in your eye which in fact is the salient feature of any one-point perspective art.

Now let’s jump in how this work came into existence looking at a brief history. Then I’ll show you how to draw with one-point perspective.


The great artists of Gothic, Byzantine, and Medieval periods created beautiful drawings; however, it lacked the illusion of depth and space.

Little attempts were made to sketch realistically before the 14th Century. Possibly, there was no proper execution to create a 3D world in art at that time. But then magic happened!

According to OPT-ART, the Italian masters Duccio (c. 1255-1260 – c. 1318-1319) Giotto (c. 1267 – 1337) is credited for introducing perspective drawings who first began exploring the idea of depth and volume using great rich skills of shadowing in their art.

One Point Perspective drawing for Church of Santo Spirito in Florence
Perspective drawing of Santo Spirito Church in Florence (1415)

Be that as it may, Renaissance artist Filippo Brunelleschi is accredited for the development of 1-point perspective which indeed played a huge role in creating some of the masterpieces.

Well, if you’re wondering about ‘when was one point perspective discovered’, then you might’ve already guessed between 14th to 17th century as Filippo was a renaissance artist.

Born in Florence, Italy, Filippo (1377-1446) the father of Renaissance architecture first created a perfect drawing with One Point Perspective in 1415. The masterpiece pictures from the gate of Florence church Santo Spirito.

Masaccio, The Tribute Money in the Brancacci Chapel
Perspective Drawing of Masaccio

Then, the painter of early Renaissance, Masaccio (1401-1428) contributed to making one of his greatest art named The Tribute Money.

‘The Last Supper’ – by Leonardo Da Vinci

Is the Last Supper one point perspective?
Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest artwork The Last Supper’s secret 

Now why I’m introducing this picture here is because Da Vinci used one-point perspective, to illustrate ‘The Last Supper’.

Did you notice how all lines in this painting converge into a vanishing point? If you didn’t this might give you a clue.

The Last Supper One Point Perspective
The Last Supper One Point Perspective Drawing

Here, all the lines are converging into the eyes of Christ. This emphasizes the importance of Jesus and how his knowledge, wisdom and path is the centre where everything should start.

Drawing With One Point Perspective: How To Draw

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to draw a simple building-like-box. It is based on a graphical technique in a simple drawing sheet.

Step 1: Draw a straight horizon line and mark a vanishing point. Make sure everything is lightly drawn so that you don’t mess it.

How many points of perspective are there?
Here’s Step 1

Step 2: Picture the type of building you want to draw and determine the size of a building. If you want it huge then you should create a bigger size depending on your paper.

When was perspective first used in art?
Here’s Step 2

Step 3: From the corner of your structure, draw straight lines towards the vanishing point.

How was drawing in renaissance period
Here’s Step 3

Step 4: Create an additional box inside as I did. If you want the width of your building to be larger then adjoin these lines towards the corner.

Otherwise, make sure to draw it close to the other structure if you want your building to be skinny.

Perspective's Drawings
Here’s Step 4

Step 5: Erase the additional artwork.

Step-by-step guide on 1 Point Perspective How To Draw
Step 5

“Kudos-hermanos!” You learned a fine thing today.

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