Names in Perspective

Created by My Art to Inspire Contributor: Jeanne


paper, pencils (colored as well), ruler; black "Sharpie" pen


Step 1: Lightly draw a base line at the bottom of your paper.

Step 2: Draw the NAME in capital (block or bubble) letters on the base line, fairly large (2" tall).

Step 3: (Optional) If time, go over each letter with a black Sharpie permanent ink pen. Wait a while and then erase all pencil lines.

Step 4: Draw one small dot somewhere above and off-center from the name. That is the “vanishing point”.

Step 5: Using a good ruler (wood with a metal edge is best,) lightly draw pencil lines from the tops and sides of each block letter, going behind the next letter if necessary, straight to the dot each time.

Step 6: Color the letters and their sides as you choose. It comes out prettiest if each letter is a different color and its sides are similar hues. (In the photo I colorized the six letters in my name in the colors of the rainbow: ROYGBIV).

Reference Information:

My high school art teacher, Carl Goodwin, taught this lesson first to my fifth graders in the 90's in Idaho.