[One-point perspective application]How to draw a winding road

I am Ari, a Concept Artists.

In this article, we explain “How to draw a curved path using a one-point perspective”.

By learning this method, you will be able to draw an Environment Art with a winding path.

The equipment and apps used in this article are iPad and Procreate; please try Adobe Photoshop, CLIP STUDIO PAINT, and other apps as well, as you can also draw by applying the concept.

If you are unsure which illustration app to use, please refer to this page. Here is a summary of recommended apps.

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The video provides detailed explanations. If you want to check it out thoroughly, please click here.


How to draw a curved path

Drawing eye level and vanishing point

Draw “eye level” and “vanishing point (VP),” which is the height of the eyes.

The one-point perspective is shown on the right, but this time we will draw a curved path along the perspective as shown on the left.

Draw a single road as a foundation

We will draw a single path that will serve as the foundation.

Draw the second vanishing point.

Draw a vanishing point (VP2) that converges at the end of the bend, and connect it to the place where you want to bend. (In this case, draw the bend to the right.)

If you want to bend further back, add a vanishing point and draw it in the same way.

If you want to bend in a different direction on the far side, you can also draw it by setting a vanishing point (VP3) in this way.

One tip: When drawing the perspective of a turning path, set this point not in a straight line, but slightly in front of the direction of the turn to draw a natural-looking turning path.

Drawing a turning path using the perspective lines as a guide.

Draw the curved path with reference to the perspective lines.


Bend path practice

Set the drawing guide

Turn on the “Action” button (the spanner symbol in the upper left corner) and tap “Edit Drawing Guide”.

Set the eye level and vanishing point in the drawing guide. (In this case, we will draw an Environment Art that bends back once.)

To learn more about the drawing guide, please watch this video.

Drawing a single path as a foundation

We will draw a single road that will serve as the foundation of the illustration.

Draw a turning path

Set the corners of the bend and extend each of them to the vanishing point.

Erase unnecessary lines

Erase unnecessary lines to complete the jagged path.

Smooth out the corners and you have completed the curved path! The further back you go, the thinner the lines will be to create a greater sense of perspective.

Notes on drawing buildings

Buildings in front of the red line should converge to the straight center vanishing point.

Buildings along a street should be drawn to converge at the same vanishing point as the street. Be careful to draw the buildings converging to the same vanishing point as the road.

Completion of the Environment Art of the curved road!

The Environment Art of the curving road is complete!

You can use this method not only for alleys but also for canals and distant roads, so try applying it to a variety of illustrations.


Detailed Explanation Video

In the video, we explain in detail while making the drawing. If you want to check it out thoroughly, please click here.


This time, “How to draw a winding road with 1-point perspective”.

When drawing a cityscape, there are times when you need to draw not only straight streets but also winding streets.

In such cases, remembering how to use the vanishing point, even if only vaguely, will help you draw the street naturally.

Thank you for watching until the end.

See you again in my next post!