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How To Draw Buckingham Palace

Artist: MichaelY / February 8, 2013
How To Draw Buckingham Palace

Step 1.

Before starting work on a building, you must first poses an understanding of perspective. We are going to be drawing Buckingham Palace using one point perspective, so let's start with using one point perspective to create a few cubes. Using a ruler    

Step 2.

Next, draw a few squares floating in various places on the page, but not too close the vanishing point.

Step 3.

Draw lines from the vanishing point to the closest corners of each square (red lines). Then close off your cubes by drawing the back line of the cubes (green line), but be sure to stay within the red lines leading to the vanishing point.

Step 4.

Erase your unneeded guidelines leading back to the vanishing point and darken the lines of the cubes. You now have a cube created in one point perspective. This is the process we shall use to draw the palace.

Step 5.

To draw Buckingham Palace, we first start by inserting the horizon line (blue line), which should be roughly 3/4 of the way down your page. Note: it's best to work on a horizontal sheet of paper because of the width of the structure. Next, insert you   

Step 6.

Before we begin working on the actual building, it's best to first draw the fence that lines the perimeter, that way we don't have to erase a bunch of stuff later on in order to add the fence at the end. Using the vertical line in the center of the p   

Step 7.

The fence is separated with a series of pillars of different sizes. This is where our vanishing point comes in handy. Be sure that each pillar is created in the same manner in which we created the cubes in steps 1-4 above. It's also a good idea to me   

Step 8.

The pillars are adorned with decorative statues and lamp posts. Again, make sure that the decorative fixtures mirror each other on both sides of your center guide line. This will be a rule of thumb to remember for the rest of this process, since Buck   

Step 9.

Now let's draw in the rest of the fence. This part may appear overwhelming at first, but be patient and it will come together nicely. Draw horizontal guide lines across the page (green lines) so you the proper height of the fence and the horizontal b   

Step 10.

We can now being working on the structure of the palace itself. Let's first start by creating the basic rectangular shape of the building, which is almost as wide as the fence. Remember to use your center guide line for accurate measurement.

Step 11.

The face of the building is divided into five sections. The two sections on the end, as well as the section in the middle, have decorative triangular peaks at the rooftop. The section in the middle is considerably larger than the two on the ends.

Step 12.

Parts of the rooftop of the palace are lined with a short, decorative fence. The main level of the palace is separated from ground level by bricks (which we will draw in later). For now, draw two lines across the length of the palace, roughly at the    

Step 13.

The center and outer sections feature tall Corinthian columns which hold up a section of the roof. The middle section of the building has six columns, and the outer sections each have four. There are more columns built into the walls of the building,   

Step 14.

This is a good time to lay down guide lines for the windows. As you will see in the next step, there are two levels of visible windows in the center and outer sections of the palace, whereas the other two sections each have four levels of windows. Li   

Step 15.

After your grid is in place, draw in each window as seen here. The windows on the top and bottom level are much smaller than the others. Also notice the decorative frames of the windows of the mid levels.

Step 16.

Add in additional details such as the decorative statues at the peaks of the entrances (which do not have to be perfect because of our distance from the building), add a lip to the trim of the outer edge of the building, and add the trim along the ba   

Step 17.

Draw in the brickwork of the lower level. These can be done fairly quickly and do not have to be perfect, since you cannot see each individual brick from this distance. Drawing sporadic horizontal lines will suffice. Thin them out as they near the fe   

Step 18.

As a final touch before inking, draw in the flag at the peak of the palace.

Step 19.

Now is a great time to ink the image using Micron or Copic markers. Carefully go over your lines using a ruler and be careful not to ink things that should not be inked, such as guide lines or the vanishing point. After everything is inked, erase you   

Step 20.

Go in and add some shadows using a marker or India ink. Establish your light source (in this case, the light is coming from the upper right), and shade the opposite side of each pillar and under the edges of the rooftop trim. Also completely fill in    

Step 21.

As a final step, use white ink or opaque white paint to make any needed corrections. Also paint in the window trim on each window. It is much better to paint in the window trim in this stage, rather than trim to fill in black around each piece of tri   

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Artist: MichaelY
Date Added: February 8, 2013
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Description: A step-by-step guide on how to draw Buckingham Palace in a comic book art style.