How to Draw One Point Perspective: Draw The Paris Opera House

How to Draw One Point Perspective: Draw The Paris Opera House

Hi, Tom here with this week’s Circle Line Art School drawing challenge, how to draw the interior of the Paris Opera House,
basically it’s how to draw, one way of drawing, a complex looking interior using
one-point perspective in a simple step-by-step way, so the best way to
start is to start at the beginning with the basic structure for this drawing and
for this drawing we can use one-point perspective because we’re looking
straight ahead at an interior space, you could think of it a bit like looking
into a simple box straight ahead at the bottom of the box, the first step is to draw a horizontal
line, which is the line that shows the height of the eye of the viewer of the
image and it’s also the line which parallel lines will meet on this line
at a single point on this horizon line and this point where they meet is the
vanishing point and that will be in the center of the line because we’re looking
straight ahead, before we mark where this vanishing point is we can draw the back
wall of the interior of the basic box shape of the interior,
make sure the horizon line crosses through towards the base of this
rectangle of the back of the box which should be in the middle of your page the rectangle should be in the middle of
your page, next draw a cross in the center of your
horizon line to mark the single vanishing point which shows the
direction in which we’re looking into this sort of box like shape and we are
need one vanishing point and that means it’s one point perspective, because
there’s only one, because we’re looking straight ahead and from this cross, this
vanishing point, we can draw four lines and each of the lines needs to touch one
of the corners of the rectangle and then the line just keeps going as it were, in this way we have made an image
hopefully which looks like we’re looking into a basic box in one-point
perspective, now we can divide the back wall of this
box as it were with some structure of columns and floor heights that we will
need and some semi circles at the top these structural shapes are just flat
shapes at the moment, they don’t have any illusion of depth, we can add that later, so we can just draw some vertical and
then some horizontal lines at back and at the top we can divide this space
into three semicircles, which will be useful later on, when you are ready to add the depth of
these structures at the back, we need to use the vanishing point for all of the
lines, all the diagonal lines, which show how these shapes recede away from us, once you have some of these receding
lines that look that they’re all going sort of deeper away from us
than the back of the box, they are sort of further back than the back of the box shape, we can then choose how far back they go and just use vertical and
horizontal lines to show how far back they go, to show how far they recede, so
we don’t want them receding too far, so it’s sort of a shallow space at the back
of the box, so in this way the drawing starts to look complicated, but in actual
fact it’s really quite basic, but hopefully the lines are roughly in the
right place! next up we can draw some vertical lines
on the left and the right and a few more lines coming from the vanishing point
going left and going right and then draw two lines, one either side
on the left and on the right, going down at an angle, sort of towards the horizon
line in the middle and these two lines are for the sides of the stairs, now we can draw these stairs coming
forward to us as well as they sort of join up, so they start on the left and
right and then they join up and then come forward, and as these stairs come forward they’ll
get wider, because they’re getting nearer, getting bigger, because obviously things
look bigger when they’re near us and look further away as they recede towards
the horizon line towards the vanishing point, at this stage we have some of the basic
structure in place for this drawing, we have the back wall drawn in, with some
depth to it and we have the side walls which have some basic structural lines on them
and then we have this sort of extravagant stairs, sort of blocked in, so
it’s time to add a bit of detail on top of this sort of structure, but much of
the detail in this drawing is in fact quite simple shapes which are just
repeated, because I’m not going to draw all the actual tiny little details, I’m going to simplify the details, repeat them and by repeating them it
will look hopefully like there’s a lot more detail than there really is,
now it would be nice to add some people in this drawing, so it’s not just an
empty hallway in an opera house, we just need to draw some simple
sketches of people that they’re quite small sketches and that will make the
interior of the Opera House look a lot bigger, if the people are quite small and
if the people that you draw a quick sketches, like quite
a loose drawing that would probably be better than putting in too much detail
because if you put too much detail they might look a bit, they need to look
different to the building, so if they’re a bit looser in style, that will probably
help, as you draw the people, just these simple
sketches of people, they’ll obviously get smaller as they go
further back into the box into the Opera House space, so they’ll get really small
by the time they’re at the top of the stairs and in the boxes at the very back
and the back wall, there’ll be some people even smaller there
for my drawing, I think I want to add lots of people so there is an impression
of a crowds rather than any real detail, I think it’s easier to draw lots of
people than just one or two, because if you draw one or two people then they
might get too much focus on them, whereas if you just sketch in lots of people
it’s sort of easier to make it seem like a crowd! I’m using a 4b pencil for this drawing
so it’s a soft pencil that gets nice and dark, I’ll definitely add some shading to make
the drawing look more dramatic, an interior of the Paris Opera House in the
evening, so sort of lights coming from different
sources, but not from the Sun, coming from lamps and lights which are
off the image, I hope you like this video in this
drawing challenge maybe have a go at doing a drawing
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23 thoughts on “How to Draw One Point Perspective: Draw The Paris Opera House”

  1. Could you please draw the Roman coliseum? It would be incredibly instructive to see how to best draw receding arches.

  2. Thank you for sharing this Tom. A perfect start to my Saturday evening. Love the way you broke it down, gives me a chance to get going, I still have to use set squares as my free-hand is not perfect.

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