How to draw 3D volumes | TIP 172

There is common mistakes that everybody do as a beginner. The flat sketch. We draw what we see and it’s obvious there is something wrong. But we can’t figure out how to solve it. If you are today at this stage, no panic. It’s nothing related to having talent or not. The solution is actually pretty simple.

It’s all about seeing things in transparency.  

In this video, you will learn how to draw basic 3d volumes such as the cone, the cylinder and the cube. I will also show why following perspective is essential. Once again, if you are new at design sketching, I recommend you to get the Designer Starter Kit to make your first steps in good condition. 

Take a pen, a piece of paper and get ready to draw :).
See you guys for the next tutorial!

Cheers,
Chou-Tac


The video in pictures

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Let’s draw 3D volumes!

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If you are beginner, download the Designer Starter Kit first.

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Are you making this mistake? “Edgy corners”

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See in transparency: Draw the bottom surface with an ellipse.

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Are your cylinders look flat?

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Draw it step by step: 1- Axis | 2- Ellipses | 3- Connect the ellipses

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Take note the the cylinders get wider when they “go down”

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Explanation here with 1-point perspective. A cylinder can be embed in a box.

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Think a cylinder like many coins in perspective!

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In perspective, all the dots are well connected.

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Trying to draw cubes without perspective rule is super tough!!

You have all the details and steps in the Designer Starter Kit

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How to draw a cube step-by-step with 2-point perspective

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Remember to use line weight to make it more obvious.

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Preview of foreshortening with a cube in 2-point perspective

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To get a tilted cube, just tilt the horizon line

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Time for rough sketches! A trick is to start with a corner or a top or below surface first. Try both and see what you prefer.

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Find the center axis of a cube adding diagonals on top and below surfaces

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You can add a cylinder inside the cube using simple geommetry

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And inside the cylinder, you can add a cone as well!


 

 

That’s it. Now you know how to draw these 3 basic volumes like a designer! 🙂
Hope you like it. Feel free to leave a comment!

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Chou-Tac

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.

2 Comments

  • Luciano

    Reply Reply April 27, 2016

    Hi Chou-Tac

    Greetings from Cape Town. Just wanted to say thank you very much for this wonderful gift that you are offering the world. It is so well done, and so much appreciated. You are a Gem.

    All the best mate.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply April 27, 2016

      Cape town, wow ! 🙂 Always cool to have readers from all over the world.
      Thanks Luciano. Take care.

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