The age group I work with loves to use their names for projects.
So here is our One Point Perspective Name project…
Before beginning this project we started with a basic introduction to perspective. We practiced using a ruler to make a straight line and completed our intro project with the typical “floating shapes.”
Now we take it a step further with much more complicated shapes, our names. You may want to simplify or add another project before tackling this one if working with younger kids or a large class size.
(I should also say that I’ve made a policy to never post names or faces of my school-aged students on-line. So its a bit tough to give you photos on this project so these will be from my example.)
We started off with a horizon line with a vanishing point (remember one point perspective=one vanishing point).
I had the students put in reference lines for the bottom and top of where they want their name to go. Because I work with a variety of ages and abilities, I gave my more advanced students the option of putting their names at an angle instead of parallel to the horizon line as everyone else was doing.
Block letter names were added on the lines. Larger letters work better. Some of my students haven’t done text studies, so if they have a problem making block letters I have them try to write the letter normally then outline it. Notice the light lines on the “A” above.
Starting with the closest letter take the corners back to the vanishing point. Once they get a hang of it the converging lines don’t need to be taken the whole way back to the vanishing point as long as they keep using their good ruler skills. It will save them some eraser marks and make for a bit neater of a project.
Then we added the back of the letters by sliding them down the converging lines to where we wanted them to end. Straight lines will stay parallel and curved lines will keep the same curve.
When that is finished, heavily outline the lines you want to keep and erase all other reference lines.
We used colored pencils to make the front, or face, of the letters a solid color. With the depth of the letters, we chose a light source and colored the values accordingly.
They did well with this sometimes tough project and were all proud of accomplishing the challenge.
Next up in the Perspective Series… Interior Room- One Point Perspective
How do you practice one point perspective?