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How to Draw a 3D City: Line Paper Anamorphic Drawing

Draw some rectangles within a larger rectangle. Draw a plus sign on the bottom left outside of that large rectangle—this is your vanishing point—then draw lines from the corners of those smaller rectangles to that point, stopping along the outer rectangle. With windows, some strategic shading, pen lines that simulate ruled paper, and lots of practice, this 3D city can begin to look like it’s rising from its flat surface.

Circle Line Art School shares how to create this Line Paper Anamorphic Drawing in the tutorial video above. Cut the paper as shown to strengthen the illusion.

3D anamorphic city - how to start
anamorphic 3D city
Next: How to draw a cubetacular hole in your paper, how to make amazing anamorphic illusions, how to draw a levitating cube, and the mathematics of sidewalk illusions.

Bonus: A time-lapse ink drawing of New York City’s skyline.