2 Point Castle

Drawing a castle in two point perspective video

This video could probably be a lot better, but it has all the major points that I want to touch on with students. There are other newer videos, but they are even less correct in their idea of castle construction than this one. I will make my own changes as we go along to try and enhance the drawing experience. I loosely use the video as a basis of what we will do together in class. 

In the last few years, I have not used this video at all. I teach this now in person in class through 'Follow Me' style instruction. I am leaving this up for people who may have absentee issues and need something to follow. At the bottom of this page are some of the more recent castles from my demonstrations.

If you have looked at the video then you know I made some alterations. The towers on my castle stand out from the walls, which is how it should be if you have ever seen any real castles!

Corner lines are all vertical lines, all lines on the right go to the right vanishing point except for the 'thickness' of the towers which go to the left vanishing point. The opposite is true on the left side.

Battlements are created by dividing the wall by an even number of lines. 10 lines are used in this example on the left side and 8 lines are used on the right side. As long as the number is even it will work, and every student may have a different number of battlements.

Day 2 begins with a projection of day one. We continue the battlement treatment with the towers and adding thickness lines. You can see I made two departures from the video here. I added the cone line roofs and I made the battlements stick out at the top. The drawbridge is centered on the wall, which involves a trick that I will have to teach you using an "x" to finder the center of a diminishing wall.

Day 3, We will add windows, a brick pattern, wood pattern to the drawbridge and chains. We will start adding a bit of value by shading in the windows.

Day 4, this is all of the work for day 4 without the projected castle obscuring it. We add mountains, hills, roads, grass, a moat, village and the sun.

Here is the projected finish. I cannot add real value using a white board, but students are expected to add value to their work.

Student Example

Susanna Campos created this example in 2017, since that time I have made a lot of changes in the project. What I like about this example is the value added in the background and the attention to detail inside the doorway of the castle. 

Fairy Tale Castle

copyright 2023 Scotty Wilhelm

Ruined Castle in the Jagged Hilltop

copyright 2023 Scotty Wilhelm

Castle Corinth in the Walled City

copyright 2023 Scotty Wilhelm

Base Construction

This was done using measurements with each class, this is why the 'bones' of these drawings are all similar. The instructor made up this constuction without refereces.

Harlee Messenger's Castle

Copyright 2023 Harless Messenger

Brady Fox's Castle

Copyright 2023 Brady Fox