How to draw multiple cylinders in perspective | Part A

Let’s look at how to draw cylinders in perspective. For this Part A, we will get interested in the top surface of a tube – which is actually “a cylinder within a cylinder”. You can see similar case for a camera lense for example.


Below are the steps in picture ! 🙂

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A e

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A g

Both circles share the same center, such as this camera lens for example.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A h

In perspective, both ellipses share the same symmetry axis – also called the Minor axis. The minor axis is the shortest distance of the ellipse.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A i

Each ellipse has its respective major axis. The Major axis is the other symmetry axis of the ellipse and also the longest distance.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A j

Minor axis and Major axis are ALWAYS perpendicular each other. No matter what. 🙂

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A k

The common beginner mistake is to draw both ellipses aligned.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A l

Make sure you watched this previous lesson video about How to draw ellipses in perspective.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A m

Rule: A circle fit in a square + A circle in perspective become an ellipse.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A n

From the front view: Both Major and Minor axis (blue lines) join in the middle.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A o

But in perspective, the MAJOR axis does NOT cross the center.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A p

Remember, in perspective both ellipses are not aligned through the Major axis.

How to draw multiple cylinders- design sketching Part A q

Click here to watch the Part B (Coming soon), and get ready to draw multiple cylinders!

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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.

3 Comments

  • rene

    Reply Reply April 14, 2016

    Very useful tip, Chou Tac. Thanks for the explanation. I will keep this in mind.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hello Rene ! 😀

      Glad it helps. Have you watched the Part B as well ?

      See yah!

      Cheers,
      Chou-Tac

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