How to Draw 3D Stairs

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Stairs go by many names. Depending on where you are from, you may refer to them as a stairwell, a staircase, a stairway, or a flight of stairs. Whatever their name, their purpose is the same – to help bridge a vertical distance by breaking the height into small, manageable steps.

Stairs were created long ago, and examples of ancient stairways still exist. For example, stairways in Persepolis, Iran, built circa 550 B.C. are still in use. That makes them over 2,500 years old.

Some staircases are famous due to their beauty, such as those in the Vatican Museum in Rome.

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Others can be recognized as popular culture icons in film. One such staircase was featured in the film Titanic (1997), based on the actual staircase of the ship. A replica of this staircase can be tread at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA.

Another staircase that has been seen in many films leads to Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., USA. This landmark has been seen in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), episodes of Star Trek, and many others.

Modern technology has added interesting twists to ordinary stairs. The escalator is a familiar sight in shopping malls, offering vertical movement without effort.

Some cities, such as Stockholm, Sweden and Milan, Italy, have installations of “piano stairs” interactive works of art in which each step plays a musical note when stepped upon.

Would you like to draw a three-dimensional staircase? This easy, step-by-step 3D drawing guide is designed to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a pen, or a marker, as well as a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ 3D Stairs

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 1

1. Begin by outlining the sides of the stairs. Connect six straight lines to form an irregular shape. It should resemble the shape of an open book.

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 2

2. Mirror the irregular shape by placing a smaller version of it within the first. Again, use six straight lines to enclose a figure like a bent rectangle or an open book.

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 3

3. Begin drawing the individual steps within the staircase. First, draw several straight lines within the smaller irregular figure. They should be parallel to the top of this shape. Then, connect the lines using short straight lines. These short lines should form a zigzag pattern.

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 4

4. Continue to draw straight parallel lines. Connect them on the end using short lines, extending the zigzag pattern.

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How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 5

5. Draw the next step on the staircase using two parallel straight lines. Connect them on the end using short lines.

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 6

6. Draw another step, again using straight parallel lines. Continue the zigzag pattern to connect them using short lines.

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 7

7. Draw additional parallel lines until the steps have reached the bottom of the staircase. Connect them on the ends using short lines.

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 8

8. Now it is time to shade your staircase to give it a three-dimensional appearance. Shade the wall to the left of the steps.

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How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 9

9. Shade the fronts of the steps. Extend narrowly spaced lines of differing lengths from the right side of the stairs to indicate shadows. Indicate the right angle on the corner of each wall by drawing a short straight line.

How to Draw 3D Stairs: Step 10

Color your three-dimensional stairs.

Where do your stairs lead? Do they lead to a famous monument, such as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.? Or will they take you somewhere more familiar, such as your local library or school? With your pencil in hand, the choice is yours.

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