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form construction

in 2 point perspective

by JuliannaKunstler.com

form construction
Recreate the following form using checkerboard and posts techniques


planning your steps

drawing planning

There are two parts to this project:

Build the base

Build the top box

project steps

STEP 1: Base construction

1. Start with drawing a horizon line and placing 2 vanishing points. You are going to start with the base first. What is the closest part of the base? - the front edge!
2. Draw a vertical 1" line.

vanishing points

3. Connect the line with both vanishing points:

receding lines

4. Use the "posts" technique to divide the sides of the base. Work on one side at a time.
Remember? Place a second vertical line in between the receding lines:


5. Draw two diagonal to find the center. Connect the center with the vanishing point.

post method

6. Place the third vertical line:
Draw a "help" line from the bottom of the first, through the center of the second. Stop when you get to the top receding line.


7. Draw the third vertical line from the intersection of the top receding line and "help" line.


8. Continue the steps ( ... from the bottom of the second line, through the center of the third... find the forth...... etc....)
A total of 10 lines!

posts in perspective

9. Repeat the steps on the left side of the base. Start with a line:

form base

10. Then follow the same steps to find the center line:

2 point perspective

11. Draw the "help" line from the bottom of the first, through the center of the second.... etc....


12. Ten lines total on the left side:


13. Connect the top points of the vertical lines to a vanishing point:



base grid

14. Erase the lines that are not part of the base.

final grid

STEP 2: Box construction

15. Now it's time to place the box on top of base:

box in perspective

16. Mark the perimeter of the box on the base's grid:


17. Once you define the area for the box - draw the closest element of the box - the front edge. Make it about 3" long.

box in perspective

18. Connect the top point with both vanishing points:

receding lines

19. Place the right and left edges of the box:


20. Connect the right and left edges with vanishing points:


21. Where they intersect - is the back edge of the box:

2 point perspective

22. Erase everything inside the box (lines that you won't see):

erasing lines

23. Mark every 1/2 inch on the front edge of the box:


24. Connect each mark with both vanishing points

side grids

25. You can erase all receding lines outside the box:

remove receding lines

26. Use the "checkerboard" technique to draw a grid on both sides of the box.
Start with drawing diagonal lines:

checkerboard method

27. Draw a vertical line through every point of intersection:

side grids

28. It should look like this:


29. Connect the top points of the grid with vanishing points:

top grid

STEP 3: Finishing touches

30. Shade the shape using different values to create a 3-D effect: