# How to Draw a Building in 2-Point Perspective: Step by Steps

Hi, Tom here in this week's Circle Line Art School video I'll show you one way to
draw a building in two point perspective step by step,
when drawing perspective we need to draw a horizontal line for the horizon which
represents the farthest distance that we can see, next for two-point perspective
we need to draw two vanishing points as far apart as possible from each other
and on the horizon line, these vanishing points will be the points where parallel
lines look that they meet, if they were to recede from us, the next step in this
drawing is to draw a short vertical line above the horizon line in the middle,
near the middle, of your page, this will be the corner of the first building, the
first building block, next draw the sides of this top part of the building, draw
two lines to the right vanishing point and two lines to the left vanishing
point for the right-hand side and the left-hand side of the cuboid, now we can
draw two vertical lines between these two diagonal lines going to the
vanishing points on either side,
next for the underneath of this cuboid, as we're looking up at it, we can draw a
diagonal line from the bottom right vertical line to the vanishing point on
the left and then another line from the bottom left vertical line to the
vanishing point on the right, now we have a cuboid, a box shape that we're looking
up at, next we can repeat this process of drawing a cuboid in two point
perspective, but with a new vertical line, a new corner line of the cuboid and
this time to the left, slightly to the left, of the first vertical line that we drew,
again use the two vanishing points to find the side angles of this building
block, which is smaller than the first block, first building block that we drew
at the top, this new cuboid has the horizon line
going through it, which means that we're looking up at it at the top part of the
cuboid the block, but we're looking down at it at the bottom part of the cuboid,
because anything below the horizon line was looking down at, anything on the
horizon line we're looking straight out, so above the horizon I'm looking up,
below the horizon line we're looking down and if we're looking straight to
the horizon line our eyes are looking straight ahead,
now we can repeat a new block again starting this time with a vertical line
to the right of our first vertical line that we drew in this drawing,
for this building to make the bottom block much bigger than
the top block, so it's not top-heavy
so choose to draw the vertical lines to show where the edge of this
block happen on the left and the right, I'll choose these lines far away from us,
so that they are near the vanishing points that will make a bigger cuboid,
next we could draw a rectangle in perspective on the top cuboid using
our vanishing point on the left,
and then by using the vanishing point on the right we can give it a little bit of
depth as well, so it makes it look like an insert,
you could add more 3d structures to your building using the same process, the same
two point perspective, so that they work, so that they look 3d,
make sure that all the vertical lines that you add stay vertical to each other
and all of the diagonal lines, as long as they're parallel shapes, need to go
either to the left or the right vanishing point, depending if they're
going towards the left or towards the right,
so for example the sides of a cuboid that are going away from us,
they will go towards the vanishing point, because they are parallel, the sides of a
cuboid are parallel and they'll be going to the left, if they are going in that direction,
they'll be going to the left vanishing point and if they're going to the right
direction they'll be going to the right vanishing point
and then if we have several cuboids all together, if all of the cuboids are
parallel to each other, we just use the two vanishing points, next in the
foreground we can add some steps, draw a line from the right vanishing point all
the way across to the left, then where it crosses the baseline of the base cuboid
draw a vertical line on the left hand surface of the base cuboid, now we can
draw another vertical line nearby, we can use the left vanishing point to mark
out the angle of the steps and then one more line from the right vanishing point
to make a rectangular base for our steps in two-point perspective in the
foreground we can now draw another line halfway up the two vertical lines that
we've just drawn this time going towards the left vanishing point
and then we can draw a new diagonal line to show the angle of the steps, just
choose the angle that you wish we could extend this new diagonally up through
the surface of the base of the cuboid if you want
and then draw another rectangle at the top surface of this cuboid in two-point
perspective, once you have that in place or something similar, so that you've got
a shape to place the steps and a diagonal on which to draw them, just
divide the sloping line, this diagonal line into a series of evenly spaced
steps and all of these lines will be going away from us in two point
perspective, they're only going in one direction, so we're going to use the
left-hand vanishing point for all of them,
when the steps are in place we can add the rises of the steps, the vertical
lines of the steps and that creates a sort of zigzag shape on the edges of
steps and then you should have some simple
steps going up to our building,
now these diagonal lines won't be going to left, they'll be going towards the
right vanishing point because they're going in that direction,
I think I'll extend some of the lines at the corners in this drawing, so it looks