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# How do you draw 3-D shapes?

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Shapes in three dimensions require spatial thinking and a knowledge of perspective, as well as an idea of lighting. By determining the shape to draw and the angle it's being viewed from, the artist or illustrator can draw 3-D shapes more easily.

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1. Set the vanishing point or points of perspective

The vanishing point is an imaginary point toward which all lines in 3-D space converge. It is located in the center of the horizon from the viewer's perspective. It's best to lightly mark the vanishing point on the paper.

2. Draw the flat plane of the shape in the foreground

For example, you're drawing the basic frame of a building, it might be a rectangle. Draw lightly; many lines are later erased or traced over in the process of drawing, so light lines prevent the art from looking too cluttered.

3. Draw lines from the vertices of the shape to the appropriate vanishing point

Use a ruler to keep the lines straight, especially in architectural design.

4. Draw the background part of the shape

After doing this, connect the lines. Determine where the light source is, and shade accordingly. For example, a light source from above puts undersides of shapes in the shade.

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Spatial perspective refers to the geographical concept of where things happen on Earth in space and in different places, according to National Geographic. The spatial perspective focuses on the location of humans as it relates to interaction. This aspect of geography studies physical locations to determine how people live on the surface of the Earth.

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Some tips for drawing a house include studying the intended object, creating concise perspective, proportion and dimension, creating tone and texture with light, shade and color and adding or deleting details, including aspects of the artist's emotion and interpretation, notes StudentArtGuide. Follow guidelines for an observational or realistic drawing by translating a real object whenever possible and making it unique by adding character and details.

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A one-point perspective is a type of perspective drawing in which all the lines in the drawing converge at one specific point, called the vanishing point. The one-point perspective is used to provide a sense of depth to a drawing, as images in the foreground are bigger and appear to be closer than the smaller images in the background.