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 f
Get started with the Designer Starter Kit (Including basic perspective tutorials)
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!

By Chou-Tac

Hello! I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : ) Chou-Tac

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