How to Draw 1-Point Perspective: The British Museum Building

In this video learn How to Draw 1-Point Perspective: The British Museum Building. Enjoy this video and master the fundamentals of Perspective Drawing with regular practice. Use the Drawing and Sketching supplies given below.

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This 1-Point Perspective drawing is a drawing of the interior of The British Museum in London.

Here is The British Museum website:

For this drawing I use a 2B pencil, a black pen and a grey pen.


How to Draw in 1-Point Perspective: Draw a Building: Draw The British Museum Step by Step: Circle Line Art School: Episode 228

The first step is to draw a horizontal line slightly higher than halfway up your page,

next draw a across in the middle of this line,

this will be the vanishing point for this one point perspective drawing,

from this vanishing point, draw two diagonal lines to the left and then two diagonal lines to the right,

and now in between both of the diagonal lines on the right we need two vertical lines and then two vertical lines on the left hand side as
well again between the two diagonal lines,

now on the right we can draw a triangle above this rectangle that we’ve got in 1- point perspective, the middle of the triangle needs to be a little bit towards the centre vanishing point, so it’s not in the exact centre, but it’s a bit towards the left,

and then we can make this the side of a building, by drawing a series of columns and windows in between columns,

now the British Museum has a circular building in its core, which once was the British Library Reading Room,

to draw this circular building in 1-point perspective we can extend these two vertical lines on either side of our drawing,

and now draw an ellipse, which is just a circle seen on its side on the top and the bottom of these two vertical lines, so we’ve got a sort of drum like shape in the middle of our drawing,

I find it best to draw the full ellipse, even though we’ll only be using the front part of each of the ellipses for our drawing,

next we can draw another facade of a building on the left, this time the centre of the triangle of this building will be towards the right, but again towards the vanishing point which is in the centre of the page,
for the bottom of the columns, we can make a small curve to show that they are three dimensional cylinders,

next, if we draw a line from the vanishing point to the far right base of
the ellipse and then another line, from the vanishing point again, to the far left base of the ellipse and then a horizontal line at the back of the ellipse and then another horizontal line at the front of the ellipse, we’ve sort of made a square which goes around the ellipse, a circle at the base of our drawing, now for this square in one point perspective, if we draw two diagonal lines, point to point, from the diagonals, where these two diagonals meet, that will be the centre of our ellipse, and that’s very useful for this drawing because from this centre point of the ellipse we can work out where the stairs go either side of the cylinder, now all of the stairs go from lines that start at the centre of the ellipse or directly above the centre of the ellipse, as the stairs rise, so their starting point will rise as the stairs rise, but it will always be
in the centre of the ellipse, the stairs have staggered in blocks with flat areas in between each of the rises, as the stairs go left and right, as they rise, we will need to draw the curved retaining wall that holds the stairs in place.

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