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Paris, France – a city lauded as one of romance, wine, and food, sought out by expatriate writers and artist from America and throughout the world. Although Paris is home to a number of historic structures, none capture the mystique of the city better than le tour Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was not originally intended to be a permanent fixture. It was built for the Paris Exhibition of the 1889 World’s Fair. The metal lattice structure was set to be demolished in 1909, but was instead re-purposed as a large radio antenna.
Today, its value is measured by the tourism it generates. The Eiffel Tower holds the title of being the most visited monument in the entire world. It is also the most imitated structure, with life size and smaller versions of the Eiffel Tower gracing tourist attractions throughout the world.
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Bring to life the “City of Light” and the “City of Love” with your very own drawing of the Eiffel Tower. All you will need is a writing instrument – such as a pen, pencil, or marker – a piece of paper, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
Note that in each step, new lines added are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps fade to black. You may wish to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines.
Did you know that the last time the Eiffel Tower was painted, the paint alone weighed as much as ten elephants? That’s a lot of paint! You won’t need nearly so much as you use paints, markers, crayons, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing The Eiffel Tower
Begin by drawing a long, straight, vertical line. This line forms the central support of your tower.
Draw two narrow, horizontal rectangles perpendicular to the original line. The upper rectangle should be shorter than the lower.
Draw a straight, horizontal line perpendicular to the original line. This will serve as a guide line as you continue to draw your tower. At the top of the line, draw a small square. Then, draw a pentagon on top of it. From the top of the pentagon, extend the straight, vertical line.
Erase the guide lines from within the shapes.
Enclose a long, narrow rectangle beneath the larger rectangle using straight lines. Erase guide lines as necessary.
Draw a long, curved line from the upper rectangle to the small square. Then, draw a shorter curved line from the rectangle to the vertical line.
Repeat this process on the opposite side to form a mirror image.
Erase the guide line from between the curved lines.
Draw a set of curved lines connecting the upper and lower rectangles.
Repeat on the opposite side to form a mirror image.
Draw two sets of curved lines extending from the lower rectangle to the horizontal line. You should now be able to discern the basic shape of the Eiffel Tower.
Erase the guide lines from the center and the base of the tower.
Begin giving detail the the structure by drawing lines in an “X” pattern between the curved lines. This pattern represents the metal grid that supports the tower.
Repeat this patterning on the opposite side to form a mirror image.
Repeat the “X” patterning throughout the middle section of the tower. Then, draw a line down the center of the “X” pattern.
Draw the “X” pattern on the lower legs of the tower, including the central line.
Connect the legs of the tower using a curved line.
Draw additional curved lines above and parallel to the first. Then, cross these with numerous slightly curved, vertical lines.
Draw lines of various thicknesses across the upper rectangle. Do the same on the lower rectangle. Then, cross these lines with short, straight, perpendicular lines.
Color the Eiffel Tower.
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