How to Draw Cylinders in Perspective Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to properly draw cylinders in perspective step by step. It also shows how this knowledge can be applied when drawing more complex objects.

Cylinder perspective drawing step by step
Cylinder perspective drawing step by step

Step 1 – Draw a Rectangular Prism (3d Rectangle) in Perspective

Rectangular prism perspective drawing
Rectangular prism perspective drawing

To draw a cylinder in perspective first draw a prism that is as tall as you would like the cylinder to be. Make sure to draw it as if though it’s transparent so you can see all of its structural lines.

Step 2 – Draw the Cylinder Inside the Prism

Cylinder perspective drawing
Cylinder perspective drawing

Inside the prism draw a line from two of the corner to the corner across from it making an “X” shape. Do this for both the top and bottom plane.

The point at which the lines overlap will be the proper in perspective middle of the top and bottom plane of the shape. Draw a vertical line though each of the two intersections.

Based on this line draw two halves of an in perspective circle (oval shape).

Step 3 – Connect Top & Bottom of Cylinder

Cylinder top bottom perspective drawing
Cylinder top bottom perspective drawing

Erase/remove all of the guide lines excluding the center lines though the top and bottom perspective circles. Connect the top and bottom shapes with vertical lines drawn from the end points of the horizontal lines inside the top and bottom shapes.

After doing this you should have an in perspective cylinder.

Top vs Bottom Comparison

Cylinder perspective drawing top vs bottom
Cylinder perspective drawing top vs bottom

In the above example you can see how the top and bottom planes of an cylinder differ due to perspective.

Two Point Perspective Cylinder

Cylinder two point perspective drawing
Cylinder two point perspective drawing

Drawing two point perspective cylinders is basically the same as one point. Simply draw a two point perspective rectangular prism and then follow the same steps previously mentioned.

How to Apply Perspective Cylinders When Drawing

Cup perspective drawing
Cup perspective drawing

In the cup drawing above you can see how knowing how to draw cylinders in perspective can be applied to drawing real objects such as a cup.

Conclusion

Knowing how to draw cylinder in perspective is very useful for drawing a wide variety of objects. You may not always need to perfectly structure every cylindrical shape you draw using perspective lines but it is very helpful to have a good understanding of how perspective drawing applies to cylinders.