The Barn Under Construction

We will begin this drawing in a careful, methodical fashion, making sure that the initial "construction" lines (or guidelines) that you use to place your building in two-point perspective are precise. You will be happy that you took the time to do the preparatory work, especially when you begin to render your subject in light and shadow, as you will be able to concentrate on the rendering of the drawing, knowing that everything is in its right place. This can potentially save you a lot of time in the long run, as you will not have to redraw portions of your drawing that are incorrect.

Because the initial drawing of the barn, or building you choose, in two-point perspective is quite technical, it is a good idea to draw the building on a very lightly toned paper so that the guidelines remain visible.

After this stage, we can do a more elaborate line drawing, keeping the lines very light. We will proceed to render the light and shadow by erasing the light areas with the kneaded eraser and by adding graphite (gradually) with the pencil. We will then smooth it out with a paper towel and tortillon. Follow these steps along with us, as you draw your own building.

Begin by establishing the vantage point (where the viewer is standing) and the eye level, which determines the horizon line and vanishing points. Then, very lightly draw the large forms of your building, as we have done with our barn (see photo on the next page).

How Draw Barns

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  • caterina baresi
    How to draw a barn under construction?
    5 years ago
  • alberico
    How to draw a building under construction?
    4 years ago

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