City in One-point Perspective

Urban October is an initiative organized by UN-Habitat which discusses the challenges and opportunities that occur because of the fast changes in our cities and towns.

Part of Urban October is:

  1. World Habitat Day, which is celebrated starting the 5th of October, and will discuss Housing For All: A Better Urban Future. Everyone has the basic right to adequate shelter.
  2. World Cities Day, at the end of the month on the 31st of October, that advocates better cities and life, with the sub-theme: Valuing our communities and cities. This year is focused on sustainable urban development.

Watch Paper City, a stop-motion video made of animated photo stills portraying today’s urban challenges and possible solutions using a paper and cardboard mock city.


  1. Draw the horizon line in the middle of your page.
  2. In the middle of the horizon line, make a point or mark. This is called the vanishing point. It will be your reference for the angled lines that you draw.
  3. Follow the instructions in the video tutorial to draw different shapes, forms and details of the buildings in your cityscape.
  4. Once you are done with your drawing, you can outline it and then color it in.
Outline each building using a different color to make it easier for you to differentiate between the different structures.
Color in using the watercolor pencils and use fine liner black pen to outline the details on your drawing.

Materials you will use from this box:

  • A3 size Watercolor paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Ruler 30cm
  • Watercolor Pencils Set
  • 2no.s Paint brushes
  • Fine Liner Drawing Pen (black)


Published by Farah Nasrawi

A multi-hyphenate designer, an artist, a teacher