How to Draw 3D Shapes

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Learn how to draw a great looking 3D Shapes with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect 3D Shapes.

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Complete 3D Shapes drawing
Complete 3D Shapes drawing

Would you like to learn how to draw 3D shapes? Now you can, thanks to this easy, step-by-step shape drawing guide.

Drawing 3D shapes is really cool. The pictures you draw are flat, made on a sheet of paper. But instead of looking two-dimensional, your use of lines and shading make them look real, with thickness and volume.

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This guide demonstrates how to draw three such shapes - a cube (made from squares), a triangular prism (made from triangles and a square), and a cylinder (made from circles and a rectangle.

If you can't get enough of drawing three-dimensional shapes, check out this sphere drawing guide. Or, you can learn how to draw 3D buildings or even make a pyramid drawing using your 3D shapes.

Did you know? 3D modeling is an important skill that can be used in science, animation, engineering, and many other careers. You can begin learning how even now!

For more easy and fun guides, see the How to Draw a Cartoon School Bus or Easy Globe Drawing tutorials.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing 3D Shapes

How to Draw a Great Looking 3D Shapes for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the 3D shapes outline by using four straight lines to enclose a square. all the sides of a square are the same length. This square will become the front face of a cube.

Easy 3D Shapes Drawing - Step 2

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. From each of the corners of the square, extend a diagonal straight line. These outline the edges of the top, bottom, and sides.

Easy 3D Shapes Drawing - Step 3

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Enclose another square using four lines. The corners of the square should meet the ends of the lines drawn in the previous step. Your cube is now complete.

Easy 3D Shapes Drawing - Step 4

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Next, draw a triangle. Use three straight lines. This triangle will become one face of a triangular prism or pyramid shape.

Easy 3D Shapes Drawing - Step 5

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. From the bottom corners of the triangle, extend straight lines. This outlines the bottom of the sides and the base of the pyramid shape.

Easy 3D Shapes Drawing - Step 6

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw another triangle, connecting the top of the original triangle to the loose ends of the straight line drawn in the previous step. This completes the three-dimensional triangular prism.

Easy 3D Shapes Drawing - Step 7

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Draw a circle. This will become the end of a cylinder.

Add More Details to Your 3D Shapes Picture - Step 8

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. From the top and bottom of the circle, extend straight lines. These will become the sides of the cylinder's rectangular shaft.

Complete the Outline of Your 3D Shapes Drawing - Step 9

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Draw another circle with its top and bottom touching the lines drawn in the previous step. The edge of this circle can overlap the edge of the previous circle. This completes the cylinder.

Color Your 3D Shapes Drawing

3D Shapes step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Your 3D shapes outlines are now complete. You can use different shades of the same color to indicate light and shadows falling on the different faces.

Also, notice how we've thickened some of the lines in our example drawing so that they appear closer to the viewer while the remaining lines seem to be viewed through each translucent crystal.

Want to draw even more crystals? Check out this crystal drawing guide and this heart-shaped crystal drawing guide.

For more great back to school drawing tutorials, see the collection of Cute Back to School Drawing Ideas..

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