Monday, December 3, 2012

How To Draw A Rural Barn, Art Lesson

This free drawing worksheet, How to Draw a Rural Barn, is an easy and satisfying art project. Barns add interest, dimension, and character to any landscape picture.

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How To Draw A Rural Barn Worksheet. 

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Start by a quick layout in light pencil. Draw the barn at an angle, it is more interesting and gives you a chance to illustrate two sides instead of just one.  Don't worry if your barn is not straight; many lean over with age, and some have beams holding them up.

Use the vanishing point concept to help get the perspective correct. The vanishing point is the point where the lines appear to touch if they were viewed in infinity. A low vanishing point makes the structure look low like in a valley, a high vanishing point makes the structure look like it is on a hill, and a centered vanishing point makes the structure look like it is level with the viewer.

The triangle side of the roof is the hardest, find the center of the narrow side and lightly draw a line from the bottom up to where you want the tip of the roof to be. From the top of this guideline draw two lines down and out to the corners of the barn. This triangle will be lopsided because one corner is closer to the viewer.

Some barns are made out of stone or brick, the barn in the example is wood, (but feel free to add stone or brick in your project). The lines of the planks go up and down; leave some gaps and spaces, and keep some planks irregular.

To draw the shingles on the roof use short lines going parallel to the edges to give the effect.  Cross a few of these short lines and make some like the letter "L."

Some barns have windows and some do not, it is up to you. Make the shadows inside uneven, not solid or flat, so it looks like the barn has something inside or light filtering in. The barn door and windows will have the same perspective where the top lines and bottom lines appear to meet at the vanishing point.

Add some other structures like a silo, as in the illustration, sheds, or water tower.

Use a road or fence to "lead the eye" into the picture, this road or fence would start low and look like it is starting from outside the picture then goes up to a point of interest such as the barn door, around behind the barn, or other logical place, this tells people how to look at the picture.

Create a background like a fence, orchard, meadow or mountains.

A barn might have stuff laying around so add a few crates, tools, wheel barrow, wagon or tractors to dress your picture up.

Illustration For How To Draw A Barn

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