An ellipse is a circle in perspective. The viewing angle is referred to as the degree of the ellipse. Think of the degree as how “open” the ellipse appears when sketched. A perfect circle is viewed at 90 degrees. Anything less than 90 degrees is an ellipse. Understanding the mechanics of drawing an ellipse is not difficult, however, mastering the technique can prove to be challenging.


An ellipse has two axes, the major axis and the minor axis. The minor axis divides the ellipse into two equal halves across the narrowest dimension. The major axis divides the ellipse across the longest dimension. THe major and minor axes are ALWAYS at 90 degrees or perpendicular to each other at the center of the ellipse.