How to Draw a Prism

how to draw a prism

As you already know, in order to correctly depict complex objects, it is often necessary to represent them in the form of simpler ones, such as a prism.

And in this guide, the team of will show you how to draw a prism.

This geometric shape is more complex than a cube or a ball, as there are many faces and edges, but with our instruction, you can learn how to draw a prism without any problems.


Step 1

So, the first thing to do is to sketch the general outlines. Create two horizontal lines that will go through the centers of the top and bottom faces of the prism. Next, connect them using two vertical lines that form the side edges of this geometric shape.

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Step 2

In order to make it easier to depict the top and bottom faces, in this stage, we will need to depict them as ellipses. This will help us not to get confused in numerous faces and corners, keeping them inside a single space and subjecting them to a common symmetry. Following the laws of linear perspective, the top face should be flatter than the bottom.

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Step 3

So, now using the ellipses that we depicted in the previous stage, depict the upper and lower faces of the prism, trying to depict all the edges and corners as accurately and clearly as possible. Don’t forget about the surest way to check the proportionality of an image by bringing it up to a mirror.

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Step 4

Now depict the vertical faces of the prism by connecting the corners that were created in the previous stage. We want to note that it is quite useful to depict the cube transparent in the first stages, in order to be sure of the proportionality and correctness of the depicted geometric figure.

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Step 5

Erase any unnecessary constructing lines, and give the prism drawing a clean and crisp look. In this stage, it’s time to check the proportionality of the image again. You can also bring it to the mirror or turn it to see all the errors more clearly.

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Step 6

Keeping in mind the fact that we are depicting a volumetric object, start drawing shadows. Notice how the artists of have depicted shadows on different faces of the prism. This method allows you to give the geometric figure maximum volume.

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Step 7

Continue adding shadows, making them darker and more contrasting where needed. At the same stage, it is necessary to depict the cast shadow on the surface on which the prism rests. By the way, you can read more about this in our article on light and shadow.

how to draw a prism step by step

So, the tutorial on how to draw a prism is complete. Check the correctness of your artwork by comparing it with the one created by the artists of If everything is in order, then proceed to more difficult tasks or try drawing the prism again, making the artwork even more beautiful. If not, then go back to the stage where you made the mistake and fix it.

how to draw a prism

And at the very end of the article, the team of wants to remind you once again that the most important teacher of any artist is practice. The more you draw, the more you upgrade your drawing skills. Yes, it’s just like in Morrowind – the more often you use a skill, the more honed it becomes. So practice in drawing, subscribe to on social networks, and write us your comments and wishes.

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