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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How To Draw Stone Stairs, Lesson and Worksheet

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

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 monster descending them.

FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT:  If your drawings do not turn out the way you were hoping do not give up, learning to draw takes practice. Draw every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. Come back to this blog often and try some of my other projects.

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If you have problems printing see the "HOW TO PRINT" tab above or try one of the updated links below that should print better.

Printable How To Draw Castle Stone Stairs worksheet

Here are two links to files that I have updated to print better.

CLICK HERE for a JPEG photo formatted file.

CLICK HERE for a PDF formatted file.(With some computers you may need to download a temporary file by clicking the down-pointing button in the toolbar at the top of the link, next open the file by clicking on the window at the bottom of your screen, then you can print by clicking on the printer icon or as you would do normally. If you still have a problem, try saving it to your desktop and printing from there).

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 are 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 10/10/12

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

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