How to Draw a Pagoda Step by Step || Japanese Pagoda

The easy step-by-step drawing guide below.

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Step 1

First , I used a few photos of temples to use as a model however I didn’t copy all of them. It is possible to copy them at your own discretion, but I suggest you design your own designs for your temple by using this tutorial as well as images as a source of inspiration. This will make drawing much less difficult for you. The most essential instrument you’ll require to complete this drawing is a straight edge. I personally use the T-square as it made drawing parallel lines much simpler. If you don’t own T-squares, you can make use of a standard ruler. To use pencils, I decided to use 4B and 2B pencils. I chose 2B for precise contours/shadows as well as 4B for outline/light shadows. It is possible to choose any pencil that is suitable for your needs. The reason I choose these two pencils is that I’m trying an entirely new combo. It is possible to complete the entire drawing or any drawing with only one pencil, should you choose to.

Step 2

Begin by creating a basic design for pagoda. Begin with an vertical line running down the center of the paper. Create a horizontal line over the bottom of the paper, and a shorter line to the bottom of your paper. Be sure that the lines are aligned. Join the top line to the bottom line to create an enclosed trapezoid. By adding four lines horizontally, you create five sections. The sections will shrink to the point that they come nearer to one another. The most crucial process, so make sure you make sure you take the time you can to complete it.

Step 3

Begin building on the foundations you’ve got starting from the bottom. In essence, you need to create a roof line as well as the front wall of the structure. You’ll be able to see more more rafters under your roof when you move upwards due to the perspectives.

Step 4

Draw the remainder of the roof and walls. Include a small column at the top of the page for “nine loops.” At this point, ensure that your idea is logical. Each section becomes smaller in proportion to the time it is near that top spot on the webpage.

Step 5

Add definitions starting beginning from the bottom. I added some more details on the top floor. mostly an additional roof above the main roof, and a separation among the wall. I also built the base and platform for a few stairs that connect to the pagoda.

Step 6

It will become more complicated after when you begin adding additional sections. The primary things you need to be concerned about during this phase is the roofing tiles as well as the columns that line the walls. Note that the roof tiles are less inclined the more they come close to the edge of your roof. This is a crucial aspect that adds an extra dimension to your drawing. Be sure that your horizontal and vertical lines are parallel. The most efficient method to draw parallel lines is with a T-shape.

Step 7

Begin adding details section by section, starting from the bottom to the top. Your lines will be a bit darker to give them more depth. This is the last contour layer that will ensure that your contours are as clear as is possible.

Step 8

Include details on the remainder of the first floor as well as its roof. There are many tiny details. If that you’ll leave a few out in the middle, but which is fine. You can add additional details later on during this drawing phase. Just ensure that your outline is solid for any future shading.

Step 9

Begin work on the second and third floors. Begin by creating simple divisions. This is also your basis for the remainder floor.

Step 10

Include additional sections on the roof and walls. Be aware of where the line is drawn on sides of your roofs.

Step 11

Begin to outline your shadow from bottom to top. Keep in mind that you don’t have to make your pagoda look like mine. It is possible to make the design as simple or complicated as you like, just ensure that your outline is crisp and clear.

Step 12

Details of the floors to come. It is important to note that you will see more of the sides of the roofs when you are closer to the top. Make sure to include bent beams on the roof. They will provide the temple with an oriental appearance.

Step 13

Start to separate the floors on the top. This “9-round” segment is also divided into roughly nine pieces. Be sure that the curves are upwards to give an illusion of depth.

Step 14

Include more sections on the top layer just as that you have done in earlier steps.

Step 15

Begin adding more details from the bottom up to the top. It is important to ensure that you see further into the roof rafters underneath the higher roofs.

Step 16

Locate the top floor as well as “9 loops”. Be sure to verify that the nine loops are real to ensure authenticity! Check out all of your artwork, and breathe deeply! The line art is all there from here.

Step 17

Begin shading using the same method from the bottom to the top. You can apply any shading technique you feel comfortable with. I chose to use 4B graphite along with paper towels in order to add shade to my backgrounds. I then selected 2B pencils for all of my shadows in detail.

Step 18

Shade over the remainder on the floor. When you are moving along with your shadow, you’ll likely have to go back and review your contours. Make sure to draw straight edges while you traverse the lines as you go through these last steps. What you don’t would like to see is unstable lines.

Step 19

Begin working on the two next floors, then apply shadows onto the backdrop. There are a variety of methods you can create shadows. You can begin by using the lightest values first before gradually adding your dark values. You could also begin with the darkest values and put your most bright ones aside for the last. I alternate between the two methods based the mood I am in.

Step 20

Shade on the 3rd and 2nd floors.. It is possible to be looking for more details to the floor below, Here and there. There are many little details within this drawing, so be sure you take your time.

Step 21

It’s almost there! Add shadows to the pagoda, as well as the background. The last two steps are the most satisfying, but it can be the most difficult. Keep going and keep looking back at the remainder of your drawing to find inspiration.

Step 22

Check out the details of the top part and The “9 loops”. I decided to add an atmosphere to the background. I also smoothed my shading using the help of a paper towel. If you apply the towel lightly enough it will only alter the shade, and not lose the contours. You can also apply the pencil 4B to create shadows that are darker and then work on the wood texture. I hope that you enjoy this drawing as much as I did, and that you take as much knowledge out of it, as I did. Let me know what you like it or should you have any concerns to me.

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