Why hello there and happy weekend! I’ve got a bit of a drawing tutorial for you today, I hope you’re going to try it! I’ve found that my 3-layer-tutorials have become popular, since you can choose whether to start with the simplest, try one that’s going to push you a little, or go for it with a crazier one! In the tutorial I’ll show you how to sketch out the perspective first, then color it with water based markers.

At the end of this post there’s info about the giveaway – please only enter if you’d actually use the markers…they’re gently used and I’d love them to go to a home that’ll put them to paper! 🙂

This whole lantern idea was borne of a drawing idea I had – I’ve been wanting to play with my new graphite pencils, and give them a real test to stand up to! They didn’t pass it, necessarily; they’re “matte” pencils which means the glare will be kept to a minimum – but I didn’t like that I couldn’t get a really great dark from them very fast, so switched to charcoal. Which….reflects. So I had to find a spot in the studio with no light glaring on it, thus the strange place I shot the photo!

But after nestling my marshmallow-toasting mice inside, I realized this is a project few would replicate, and as I had some big challenges, it wasn’t good for teaching. So instead, you get one of my easy/medium/challenging perspective lessons! Which might be far more helpful to everyone. LOL!

Tutorial: Drawing Lanterns in 3 different perspectives

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

1. Easy / 1 point perspective

Looking directly at a lantern, not from higher or lower, and at a particular distance, you might not see the posts (poles?) of the lantern that are in the back. But if you raise the perspective slightly, and give it a little distance, the vanishing point can be in the center above the lantern – and that way you can see INTO the bottom of the lantern. It would affect the top (cap? lid?) of the lantern, but not enough to stress out if you’ve got a rounded top like this one!

2. Tougher / two point perspective

Two point perspective has two vanishing points, one on the left, one on the right. If you’re making something up as I am in today’s post, you can put those points anywhere – just put them ON the horizon. Here I chose the top left and top right corner of the boxes I drew. But sometimes (see next lantern) it’s totally off the page. Sometimes in the next room!

Each corner, though, has an edge that’ll join with the vanishing point, and those lines determine the interior bottom of the lantern. If the top has a fancy shape there are all kinds of rules that’ll apply – but use the rounded one I showed. Then you only need to worry about getting the “roofline” to join up with a VP.

3. Hardest / from below

The horizon line moves BELOW an object when it’s above your head. And in this case, the right hand side VP is off the page! And yes, I did tweak the bottom section after the video, I didn’t feel like posting the mushy one, LOL!

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And now, that giveaway!

The folks at Sketchmarker sent me a full(ish) set of their Aqua water-based markers, the Animal set, so now I can let someone else get some use from this set! I’m short three colors, but none are in the Animals set. 🙂 

How do you qualify?

  1. Go tap the like button on YT for this video, and leave a comment there if you have a sec. The algorithm needs a kick in the rear end and your engagement makes a huge difference!
  2. Join Artventure. I’m excited about the new community and would love for you to be part of it! It’s FREE, and you don’t have to get the app, you can just access it via the web. And starting in January, I’ve got a plan for fun activities and prizes, so you’ll want to be part of it all.
  3. Leave a comment telling me you’ve done the above, AND what YOU would like to learn to draw in 2023!

The winner will ONLY be announced here on the blog on Christmas Eve. So you might want to subscribe to my blog via email, which you can do below….just sayin’. 



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    1. Denise Bryant

      Done and done!
      I’d like to learn to create simple background scenes, and also shading stamped images.

    2. Nanette

      Done and Done!! Love being a part of Artventure + getting to know new people (aka: wonderful artists). I hope to learn how to actually draw this coming new year. Something to look forward to!

    3. rkokes

      I liked the video, and joined Artventure! I would like to get better at drawing more in 3D-I just need to practice, and watch more of your videos! 🙂

    4. Win

      My goal for 2023 is to finish the 30-day sketching class and get back into daily art practice as the last 3 months have not provided me with the opportunity to do that.

    5. Karen Parker

      “Liked” the YT video and left a comment; already part of Artventure (Loving it as I learn how to use it). Next year I’d love to learn more about sketching to add variety to cardmaking.

    6. Deb Mertin

      So fun to be part of the Artventure group and love all you aren doing to build community. These markers look amazing and I have wanted to venture more into water colouring using this kind of technique. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    7. Gina McDonald

      Hi Sandy, I look forward to all of your posts. You always explain processes so well that I’m encouraged to try things I might not otherwise try! I love old farmhouses and barns and I watched you drawing the scary houses, so I’m trying to draw a beach house that’s in a picture on my wall using the tips about perspective. I’m always trying new techniques and practicing in my sketchbook!

    8. Nicole Ulander

      Hi Sandy!
      I’m a former High School Art teacher, and loved teaching drawing and painting. I have really enjoyed crafts in my free time, and am just excited that something like this exists! I’m always open to learning new things, I am hoping to get better at scene building with copic, zigs, watercolor…you name it!

    9. Patricia

      I have completed the required tasks. Thank you Sandy for the opportunity to win! I am interested in expanding my drawing skills and learning more. You are an absolute inspiration and I’m grateful for how you share your expertise. Thank you!

    10. Andre M.

      Both tasks completed. I’d love to learn to draw elements for scenes, thanks for all that you shared online to encourage and motivate budding artists.

    11. Marybeth

      First – your struggles are SO valuable to see! It helps to know that they are (often) recoverable or useful as launching points to take a work in another direction. Second, the perspective stuff always eluded me because I never knew you could just “make it up.” Third… those mice remind me of the “tenants” we had in our outdoor ceramic snow man last year. He has cutouts in his body and we put a flame less candle inside him (there is a fist sized opening in his back. We found two squirrels curled up inside him sleeping. Not really warm, but out of the worst of the elements. Just adorable. I am off to the YouTube to comment and like!

      • Sandy Allnock

        Awww did you get pics of those cuddled up squirrels!?!?!? MUST SEE!! 🙂

        And making up perspective is when you’re making up the object from your head. If you’re looking AT an object then nature has “set” the vanishing points for you. But it’s valuable to try the same object but move the VPs up and down to see what it does to the angles…then when you see it in real life, you can make more sense of it. 🙂

    12. June from Minnesota

      I just signed up to ArtVenture– I was hesitant to do so before, because I only make handmade cards, but your latest venture into pyrography was AMAZING!
      I would love to see you paint on black or dark paper with metallic water colors. I think that look is so dramatic.
      Thank you for a chance to win some Sketchmarker Aquas!

      • Sandy Allnock

        Lots of those in Artventure “only” make cards – but that doesn’t make anyone any LESS of an artist! There’s plenty for us all to grow in no matter what level we think we’re at 🙂

    13. Karen Zemko

      I am now going to look in street lights and see if there are any mice in there! So love you fun teaching. TFS

      • Sandy Allnock

        If you find any, TAKE PICTURES! 🙂 And interview them about whether they saw this video….LOL

    14. Jeanne Rice

      Loved watching the video. I’m so bad at drawing with perspective and you make it look easy. Thanks for the tips. I need to try this. The card is cute and love the mice roasting their marshmallows. I’m already a member of Artventure but left a comment there too.

      • Jeanne Rice

        I forgot to say that I liked the YouTube video, already a member of Artventure and my 2023 goals are to try this perspective drawing and finish the watercolor class.

    15. Debbie Lambert

      I’ve completed all the tasks. I would like to learn how to draw realistic birds and butterflies

    16. Marialuisa Sorrentino

      All action completed. I’m really curious about the Artventure project too.
      It would be nice to learn how to draw architecture too, never done it and I’m curious about it. Also cute animals and any project with fountain pen.

    17. Alexe Guillemette

      I have completed the tasks
      You are teaching so well! I would like to improve my skills in watercoloring and drawing proportionnally

    18. Brenda Jennings

      Thanks for all you do Sandy! I had already joined Artventue (trying to keep up with you) and I commented on your video. My goal for this year is to get going again!!! We moved from NV to NM this year. We moved to an apartment, house hunted, and finally moved into our home in Sept. The workmen left at the end of Sept. so we are finally getting settled. I was ready for some of my art classes when we rescued 2 goldendoodle puppies, Lily and Ruby, about 2 weeks ago. They’re about 3 months old and keeping us VERY busy. So again…my goal is to get back to art DAILY in the new year. I would love to win the markers because I don’t have any!!! I use my stamp pads for some watercolor “marker” art if needed but usually I convert the the idea to paints or Copics. I have quite a few Art Impressions stamps so watercolor markers would be wonderful. Thanks again for sharing your goodies with us. 😉

    19. Tanya Watanabe

      And I think I’ve completed the two missions. As for what I’d like to learn, I loved the travel journal class you taught and I’ve been wanting to learn more ways to use these aqua pens (especially with ink details). I would love to take classes with this medium!

    20. Melanie

      I just joined Artventure (and liked the YT video :)). This year I would love to develop my own style, or I guess another way to say that would be to be able to create instead of only following tutorials. I love your tutorials, but my creative soul wants to come up with my own sense of artistry.

    21. Chem

      I completed all of the tasks.
      I am brand new to watercolors my main interests will be in painting horses

    22. Jamie Vance

      I’ve done all that’s required to enter the giveaway and thank you for doing this and for putting out so many wonderful instructional videos. I’ve just recently discovered your channel and you have inspired me to get back to drawing and painting after taking a recess from designing gardens. You had asked what we would like to learn to draw for the coming year and I’d love to learn more on drawing things from nature like trees, flowers even insects.

    23. Linda Attrill

      I’ve done everything to participate in the giveaway. In 2023 I want to learn to draw birds, both abstract and realistic looking ones. But also cartoonish/cutified animals in general.

      I just want to say that I’m so happy I found your youtube channel. I’ve previously done digital art and over the years been sick and kind of lost my interest/motivation to do it. Lately I’ve found interest in art again but focus more on traditional art, though I need to learn a lot since I’ve never really drawn or painted before. You’ve helped alot through your Youtube channel and I’ve been so inspired and learned so much already.

    24. Jaye Joyce

      Hi Sandy. I joined the community a few weeks ago, and liked/commented on video. Watercolor markers are a medium I haven’t tried yet. Might be fun! I purchased several of your classes and just look forward to improving my skill set over the coming year.

    25. francesco

      Hi Sandy
      tmks for this opportunity
      You are a great person as your drawing

    26. Lisa

      Alway fun to watch your videos! Appreciate all the time and effort you put into all of them!

    27. Darlene Renshaw-Busch

      I appreciate that you give people a chance to win a giveaway. I would love to be included and good luck to everyone that enters. Thank you and Merry Christmas

    28. Mary

      Another fun tutorial! I would love to try those markers – haven’t used any watercolor markers yet; they do look interesting! Thank you for so many wonderful videos and information shared.

    29. Gail loyola

      Hello, I liked your YT Video and joined Artventure. I just want to get better I don’t think I want to learn anything new. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    30. Sarah Longshore

      I would !ove to draw more like you. I love the way you make putting in backgrounds look so easy. And I’ve been drawing for years. Your channel inspires me to try different things.

      • Sarah Longshore

        Done the above

    31. Bob Wendt

      Great video! Great lesson. Thank you

    32. phyllis wendt

      I love your wonderful techniques. You are so talented. Taks completed and I would definitely love to have the markers.

    33. Caryn C.

      I went ahead and signed up on the website. I already had the app, but I wasn’t sure how to transfer it to the site (if it can be transferred). Anywho, I completely everything else, so I hope it’s ok for entry.

      I would love to learn how to draw botanicals with watercolor and/or colored pencils.

    34. Melvin Nieves

      I love all your videos. I don’t miss it. I would like to learn how to draw with the fountain pen.

    35. patti

      I liked the video and am already an Artventure member. I’d like to learn to draw a thatch roofed cottage. Or really anything with zillions of lines that look right.

      • Jill Losher

        Once again thank you for a great instructional video. I have learned so much from you both in your videos and your classes. You always help me expand my creativity. I have done the above.

    36. Naomi Burke

      I’d like to learn how to draw, especially my pugs. I write short stories about their adventures, and I really want to illustrate them.

      I’m already an Artventure member. I also subscribe to your YT channel. I always “like” the videos I watch, but this time I also added a comment to help boost that algorithm.

      I like the card you made with the little alien fella. They’re adorable!

    37. Alina Zimmer

      I started to follow you as you got me interested in Copic markers of which I now have every one of them! Thank you for inspiring me with all your great videos on how to’s and your amazing talent. I love the lanterns and I’m eager to taking one of your classes.

      • Karen Suarez

        I love learning more about perspective and enjoyed the lanterns tutorial. The charcoal/graphite lantern with adorable little mice is amazing – something I’ve never worked with.

        Goodness, everything I have learned from you thus far, only spurs me to want to learn more – about all of the mediums, as well as perspective and sketching.

        Already an Artventure member and thrilled to be part of your tribe. Thanks for also sharing your talents with us.

    38. Ilene Goldman

      Hopefully, I’ve completed all the tasks. I am a fused glass artist and I just started to learn watercolor. I’ve fallen in love with this medium. I’d like to learn how to do loose painting. It’s not as easy as it looks – LOL!

    39. Linda

      Ha! Left my comment on YT. I did join and I would love to learn to draw faces in 2023. They are my biggest hurdle. The markers look wonderfully juicy and vibrant.

    40. Sherry W

      I did the things. I think I’d like to try ink and wash of street scenes and food things to go along with the travel sketches. I like the journaling type of drawing and painting I see.

      • Marcia Kwiatkowski

        Love your insight and instructions. Would like to see ink and wash any subject I follow onnaYT and have been enjoying the community on Artventure

    41. Noreen Fontana

      I completed the requested tasks, I hope! I just started really using watercolors in August and I am in love! I’m trying to paint every day, such peace! I’d love to paint more buildings in 2023, but need more work on perspective. Your recent videos have helped me so much.

    42. Meghan Kennihan

      Thank you Sandy! I completed both tasks for the giveaway and I am already a subscriber! I would love more tutorials on doing hair and folds with copic markers! Thanks for the chance!

    43. ColleenB.~TX.

      Wonderful posts. I might give them a try but 1st I have to be able to draw a straight line with a ruler. 🙂 My daughter, now she is the artist in the family.
      Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

    44. Christine Osen

      Thank you for greate post. This was very helpfull. Love to try it out

      • Christine Osen

        I forgot to say I have follow every 3 step. Waiting for joining the new community. Thanks for chance to win the marker ♥️

    45. Ginny K

      I completed the tasks. I would love to learn to water color animals and nature. Thanks for the chance to win the markers. Loved this video on perspective and I love lanterns too! Ginny K.

    46. Shari Czerwinski

      I completed the tasks 🙂 I am interested in learning to draw birds. Feathers are interesting and beautiful! Thanks so much for the chance to win a little holiday goodies. Merry Christmas!

    47. Chantal

      Love the one with the alien!
      Great perspective hints

      Thank you

    48. Patti Faurote

      Sandy, first of all, I LOVE all of your videos. You are a great artist and a fabulous teacher. I attempted to leave a comment under your YT video, but for some reason, my YT screen isn’t allowing me to do that. This problem started today. So, I thought I would,instead, leave my “fan mail” for you hear on your blog. I gain a lot from all of your videos, especially those on perspective. I would really like to see more of those. Thanks for your generosity and “Merry Christmas”!

    49. Duana J Gummo

      I completed the tasks. I would like to try the markers they look like fun.

      • Tânia Maria Manieri

        Sandy, I just want to thank you for the valueble lessons you share with us. I wish I could learn how to drawn anything I see, as if I was a photografic camera. Not in realism, but in proportion and emotion (I dont know if you got me )
        Anyways, love from Brazil ❤️

    50. Kathy Garrett

      Thank you Sandy! I submitted your requests for the giveaway and I hope to gather painting skills for my Bible Journaling!
      Merry Christmas!

      • Katrina Thennis

        I completed both tasks. I would like to improve my nature journaling skills in the next year.


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