Conical Perspective

Conical Perspective

Mode of representation in which an object is drawn as it would appear from a specific point of view. Therefore, it is a conical projection of the object on a projection plane.

Synonym of central projection.

In a conical projection, the set of projection lines or vanishing lines converge at the same point O called the centre of projection. The projection lines form a cone, hence the term “conical projection“.

Conical perspective differs from axonometric projection in that the vanishing lines converge at one, two or three vanishing points and form pencils of lines, whereas in an axonometric projection, the vanishing lines are parallel and form pencils of parallel lines.


One-point perspectives, two-point perspectives or three-point perspectives, are examples of conical projections.

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