How to Draw Gold

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Gold is one of the most expensive, sought-after, and recognizable of the precious metals.

This has been the case throughout history, because gold is relatively pure in its natural state, moldable, and nearly indestructible.

Its density also makes it a good conductor of electricity, and today it is used in the wiring of all sorts of devices.

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Because of its universal value, gold has also been used as a currency throughout history, often in the form of coins or other traded goods.

Gold bars, such as the ones in this tutorial, are held in reserve by governments and banks the world over.

Because of its worth, gold is also used to symbolize other, often non-material, things of great value. Examples of this can be found in phrases such as "the golden rule," "the golden years," or "a golden age."

Wedding rings are often made of gold because it does not break or tarnish.

One of the most well-known modern hoards of gold is located at Fort Knox in Kentucky, U.S.A. In 1936, a bomb proof shelter was built to house a large portion of the country's gold reserves. During World War II, it also protected important documents such as the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and the Gettysburg Address.

Of course, gold is also used to make jewelry and other decorative objects, such as medals and trophies.

One ounce of gold can be used to make nearly 200 square feet of gold leaf - extremely thin, tissue paper-like sheets that are used to cover objects such as statues or sign lettering.

It is estimated that nearly 200 thousand tons of gold have been mined from the ground.

Would you like to draw valuable gold bars? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help.

All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Gold

How to Draw Gold: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two straight, diagonal lines that are roughly parallel to one another. These lines form the top of the gold bar.

How to Draw Gold: Step 2

2. Connect the lines at each end using short straight lines. Then, extend diagonal lines from the front of this shape, connecting them to form a trapezoid. This is the front of your first gold bar.

How to Draw Gold: Step 3

3. Draw a long straight line from the corner of the trapezoid, parallel to the original lines. Use a shorter line to connect it to the upper corner of the bar. You now have one complete, three-dimensional bar of gold.

How to Draw Gold: Step 4

4. Next, use four straight lines to enclose a rectangle shape around the base of the gold bar. This will form the tops of the bars beneath it.

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How to Draw Gold: Step 5

5. Use three straight lines to enclose a trapezoid along the front of the rectangle, forming the front of the gold bars.

How to Draw Gold: Step 6

6. Draw a straight line from the corner of the trapezoid, parallel to the side of the rectangle. Connect it to the corner using a short straight line.

How to Draw Gold: Step 7

7. Draw an inverted triangle beneath the first gold bar. This will form the space between the gold bars below.

How to Draw Gold: Step 8

8. Erase the guide lines within the triangle.

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How to Draw Gold: Step 9

9. Draw a straight line across the bottom of lower bars, across the front and side. Then, draw straight lines just below the front and side edges of the upper bar. Connect these lines to the corners of the bar using short lines.

How to Draw Gold: Step 10

Color your gold bars. Notice that in our example, we've used two different shades of yellow to give the picture depth, dimension, and shadow.

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