Drawing a Room in One-Point Perspective


Perspective is a fundamental principle in art and is applied to many types of artwork. In this lesson we will learn how to draw a room interior in one-point perspective. Drawing in perspective may seem awkward at first but you will get more comfortable with it with practice. Before drawing our rooms, we will review some basic drawing principles and terminology.


  • horizon line
  • vanishing point
  • eye level
  • guideline
  • cube
  • cylinder
  • sphere
  • ellipse
  • vertical line and horizontal line

What you need

  • Sketchpad
  • pencil
  • eraser
    Room interior drawing in one-point perspective by Richard Lee

    Room interior drawing in one-point perspective by Richard Lee

    What you do

    1. We will first review some basic terms for perspective drawing: horizon line, vanishing point, eye level, guideline, cube, cylinder, sphere, ellipse, ground, sky, vertical line and horizontal line.
    2. Draw a cube in one-point perspective, then draw the same cube in different distances. ie near, far and floating. *Remember to sketch your construction lines lightly and later darken the lines of your subject.
    3. After drawing the cubes, draw other basic shapes in perspective such as cylinders and spheres. 
    4. If you have mastered drawing these forms, try drawing more complex objects such as a car, chair or cup.
    5. Finally draw your room interior.  You may draw a room from your imagination or use photo reference. You may also draw our studio classroom. 
    Drawing in one point perspective overview

    Drawing in one point perspective overview