Free Art For All - One Point Perspective with Renaissance Artist Leonardo

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Leonardo da Vinci #Renaissance Man , 1452-1519, was the son of Messer Piero Fruisino De Antonio and a peasant woman Caterina.  Leonardo was basically home schooled and was not sent away to study until he became an apprentice to a painter, Andrea Del Verracchio in Florence.   Gazing Through Glass revious videos that demonstrated how to do one point perspective:  A view from above    A view from below Playing with Perspective  Find 1 Point Perspective  In these previous videos I used a blank piece of paper in which we controlled the vanishing point and the horizon line. This video will use graph paper in an effort to help us stay on the same ‘plane’.


  1. Pencil
  2. Kneadable eraser
  3. Ruler
  4. Graph paper 1/4:1” ratio.  I printed mine from


  1. In the tutorial I give counted coordinates of where to mark so that we are starting at the same spot on the paper.  That being said we will start the picture with drawing the wall directly behind the table.  We are leaving enough space to draw the ceiling and the floor.
  2. DaVinci’s vanishing point was the nose of Jesus.  For that reason, we use the middle of the head of Jesus and place an X to mark this spot. All lines radiate out from this point.  The first lines drawn are the ceiling lines followed by the floor lines.  
  3. At this point we have a bare room.  We continue putting in the side walls, back wall and ceiling all while using the vanishing point to maintain the perspective.
  4. We draw the table and talk about the significance of using an equilateral triangle in the space of Jesus.  
  5. I end the instruction after having drawn Jesus.  However, you are encouraged to finish the picture to the best of your ability.  Watch the sped up video of me finishing the picture for further instruction.

Leonardo kept journals of his thoughts, sketches, ideas and plans.  He used mathematics to perfect the one point perspective.  He could create 3D paintings and murals that astounded the public. Many of his paintings and projects remained unfinished.  It is interesting to note that those unfinished works of art are valued and viewed in museums all over the world.