How to draw ellipses in perspective in 7 steps | TIP 158

 

Hey, today I would like to share with you some TIPS about How to draw ellipses in perspective. It will be a great start for later on drawing things such as glasses, bottles, bowl, wheels… basically cylinders and offset.

If you need,  feel free to watch How to draw a cube with 2-point perspective, video first. It will be your first step of the sketching tutorial.

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Below are the the different steps in picture.

Step 1 |  Draw a box with 2-point perspective

How to draw ellipses in perspective - The design sketchbook

 

Step 2 | Divide the front face in 4 equal parts and find the center.

How to draw ellipses in perspective - The design sketchbook 1

 

Step 3 | Draw the Minor axis going through the Vanishing point and the center.

How to draw ellipses in perspective - The design sketchbook 2

 

Step 4 | Find the middle of each edge of the square

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Step 5 | Trace your ellipse !

Joining the 4 dots + Using the Minor axis as a Symmetry axis

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Step 6 | Optional | Check that the Major axis is Perpendicular to the Minor axis

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Step 7 | Check that both axis are Symmetry axis of the ellipse !

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GOOD TO KNOW:

The Minor axis is the shortest distance of the ellipse.

The Major axis is the longest distance of the ellipse.

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Take a pen, explore multiple angles of cubes and enjoy !

Hope it was helpful.

See you !

Cheers,
Chou-Tac

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Chou-Tac

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.

12 Comments

  • Julia

    Reply Reply July 22, 2016

    Thank you!
    In fine I understood how to draw the minor axis. But it doesn’t work with ellipses in the rectangle. How to draw those? Just with four points in the middle of every side?

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply July 22, 2016

      Hello Julia,

      this tutorial works for circle inside a square only. 🙂

  • rooben

    Reply Reply January 27, 2016

    Hi Chou-Tac,
    Thanks for the tips…Any chance in having a quick explanation of using eye level perspective to draw complex objects

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply January 27, 2016

      Hello Rooben,

      In few words, you have to SIMPLIFY complex objects in multiple simple one. To do that, you need to ignore the details, colours, logos… Think” “structure”.

      For example, if you create a new way to ride a bike, draw the “architecture” of the bike. Focus on how it works, how people will ride it. Then only you will spend more time on the shape and details of the bike. It’s convenient start drawing a side view so you can get the proportion. Later your challenge will be “transposing” this side view in perspective.

      There is multiple ways to start a project, but this one is pretty efficient.

      About the eye level, it’s all the same as what you can find in the Designer Starter Kit for a cube.

      • rooben

        Reply Reply January 27, 2016

        Thanks Chou-Tac,i will apply this methodology and try to avoid getting distracted by details.

  • Luke

    Reply Reply January 27, 2016

    Good stuff Chou-Tac!

    I feel it’s worth adding that we usually draw ellipses to present CIRCLES in perspective. As a result, the bounding box needs to be a SQUARE in perspective. If accuracy is important, you may need to use a few more steps and construction techniques in your sketch. Personally I need more practice with this, but I’m down on the theory involved.

    Cheers – Luke

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply January 27, 2016

      Hey Luke, you are right it’s worth mentioning the Circle. Thanks !

  • Nick Bourantanis

    Reply Reply January 26, 2016

    Hi Chou-Tac,

    Great tip! By drawing the cube in perspective first you eliminate the guesswork as to how open the bottom ellipse should be compared to the top.

    thank you and keep it up,

    cheers,
    Nick

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply January 27, 2016

      My pleasure Nick !

      I agree, it’ all about eliminating the guesswork.

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