Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How To Draw Stone Stairs, Lesson and Worksheet

This is a free printable drawing worksheet, How To Draw The Stone Stairs.

It is a good project that may be part of a fantasy or historical art piece. The stars could be in a dungeon or a castle; a hero could be climbing them or a monster descending them.

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Printable How To Draw Castle Stone Stairs worksheet

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Our project starts with an arch big enough for all the details inside.  Mark the vanishing point at eye level; all the vertical lines will tilt toward it.

The steps are bigger at the bottom; they get narrower and shorter as they progress up. The right side of the steps is drawn against the right wall, and the left side is hidden by the hidden arch since we are not looking directly into the stairwell but at an angle. The top of the stair wraps around, so we change direction and draw the left side of the steps, with the right side being hidden behind the right turn of the wall. These sides are drawn with lines going up then back along the guideline to the vanishing point. The front of the steps are tall, but the tops of the steps are narrow due to perspective. Divide the front of the steps into different stones,

Lightly mark a pattern on the wall by lines going toward the vanishing point, then draw some lines vertical and arching at the top; this makes a checker grid that you can use to develop the stones or the bricks of the walls. Draw around the grid to make individual stones make some to have different shapes.

The stars are dark and shadowy, so look for areas to give shadow, like the distant parts and the parts where walls come together or the bottom of the steps. Keep the top of the steps as white as you can.

How to Draw Stone Stairs.
Take your time and add detail to the stones with smudges and chips, Leave the spaces between the stones white for the mortar.

There will be more detail in the foreground, the front steps, and near walls than in the background.

(C) Adron D. 10/10/12

You might also be interested in my other worksheet on how to draw a castle tower.

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