How to Draw a Pyramid

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A pyramid is "a monumental structure" with triangular sides. In ancient Egypt, the pyramids were used as burial places for royalty.

The Pyramids of Giza are the largest and most famous of Egypt's pyramids. The ruins are located on a rocky plateau west of the Nile River. They were considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Pyramid was built about 481 feet (147 meters) tall and 755 feet (230 meters) wide at its base - "possibly the most colossal single building ever erected on the planet."

Pyramids were not limited to Egypt, however. They have also been discovered in such diverse regions as Sudan, Ethiopia, Greece, Italy, Indian, Thailand, Mexico, and South America. Not all pyramids look like the classic Egyptian variety. Many were step pyramids, a series of platforms rising like steps to form the triangular shape.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon pyramid? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Anubis, Sphinx, and Mummy.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Pyramid

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a large equilateral triangle - a triangle in which all the sides are the same length. This will form the front of the pyramid.

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 2

2. Use two straight lines to enclose another triangle alongside the first. This gives the pyramid a three-dimensional appearance.

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 3

3. Use a long curved line to enclose a circle partially hidden by the pyramid. This indicates the sun, low on the horizon. Draw curved lines around the sun to signify the intense desert heat.

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 4

4. Begin drawing straight lines across the top of the pyramid. This indicates the layers of stone.

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How to Draw Pyramid: Step 5

5. Continue to draw straight, horizontal lines across the face of the pyramid. Then, draw vertical lines between the horizontal lines, outlining the huge stone blocks. Notice that the vertical lines are offset from one another, row by row.

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 6

6. Draw straight, diagonal lines across the side triangle. They should match up with the horizontal lines on the pyramid's face. Draw straight lines between them.

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 7

7. Continue drawing straight lines that match and continue the horizontal lines from the pyramid's face. Draw straight lines between them, forming the blocks.

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 8

8. Draw a straight line to form the horizon. Erase the bottom of the sun as it dips below the horizon.

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How to Draw Pyramid: Step 9

9. Draw a few clouds in the sky, erasing as necessary. Draw a curved line for the base of the cloud, and use connected curved lines to contour the top.

How to Draw Pyramid: Step 10

Color your cartoon pyramid. When originally completed, the pyramids of Egypt were encased in smooth, white limestone. Today, these casings are gone and the pyramids appear tan or sand-colored.

Then, complete the scene with a camel and plenty of Egyptian artifacts!

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