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How To Draw The Space Needle

Artist: MichaelY / February 8, 2013
How To Draw The Space Needle

Step 1.

Before starting work on the Space Needle itself, you must first poses an understanding of perspective. Let's start at the very beginning (if you already have a good grasp of how to use perspective to draw buildings, you can skip ahead to step 9). Le   

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.

Step 5.

To draw the Space Needle, we also need to obtain an understanding of how to draw circles at an angle. Using the tips we learned in steps 1-4 to utilize one point perspective, first create a few one-sided squares leading back to the vanishing point. T   

Step 6.

To draw the actual circle, draw the lines through the points where the inner X meets the sides of the squares. This will create properly proportionate circles leading back to the vanishing point.

Step 7.

However, the Space Needle is not made of just circles, but it is also made of disk-like shapes. To create the disks. use the above methods to create a partner circle next to your original circle. Again, make sure you lead back to the vanishing point.   

Step 8.

Then ink or darken the proper lines and erase all unneeded lines. You should now have disk or cylindrical shaped objects. You can use this method to create things such as the Space Needle, car tires, round table tops, or anything else that is a three   

Step 9.

So let's get to work on Seattle's famous Space Needle. Using a 2H or harder pencil, lightly mark your horizon line and your vanishing point. We will be working in one point perspective for this illustration.

Step 10.

Secondly, draw a tall vertical line through vanishing point as a guide (green line). This is the very center of the building. To mark the size and placement of the building, draw a tall rectangle and be sure to use the center guide to measure equal d   

Step 11.

We can begin working on the foundation of the building, which is circular. Using the methods we learned in steps 5 and 6 above, create a square leading back to the vanishing point, and then create the circle inside the square. Notice how the circle f   

Step 12.

Working our way up, we can now build the gift shop that rests at the base of the tower. Using the methods we learned about creating disks and cylinders in steps 7 and 8, create the top of the gift shop and the outer walls.

Step 13.

Next, we need to create the circular pieces of architecture that hold the legs of the tower. There is one on top of the gift shop, and another at the top of the legs (which will be at the base of the restaurant). These two circles are exactly the sam   

Step 14.

The legs are a bit tricky. Without getting into complex engineering, there are not cut and dry rules on how to create them by using the horizon line or vanishing point. There are three legs that make up the tower, and each leg it split in two near th   

Step 15.

Let's not to forget to draw the banquet hall near the base of the legs. Again, this structure is constructed in a very complex manner, fitting between the legs of the tower. It has three side (only two visible here) which protrude out slightly past t   

Step 16.

Draw the elevator shaft up center of the legs, through the banquet hall. Have fun with it and insert an elevator climbing up the shaft.

Step 17.

We can now begin with the upper restaurant and observation deck. Use the methods we learned in steps 5-7 to create each section. Starting from the top of the legs, the sections are as follows: 1: Base of restaurant 2: Restaurant windows 3: Section   

Step 18.

Between the restaurant and observation deck is a large safety grid to prevent people from jumping off of the building from the observation deck. Draw the ring in the same method as steps 5 and 6. Then draw the safety bars which recede inward towards    

Step 19.

Draw in some window panes on the various levels of the tower.

Step 20.

As a finishing touch before we ink, draw the flag at the very top.

Step 21.

The final step is to ink the structure with Micron or Copic markers. Be careful not to ink any unneeded lines. Erase the pencil marks with a kneaded eraser. And you're finished!

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Artist: MichaelY
Date Added: February 8, 2013
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Tags: how to draw buildings, how to draw perspective
Description: A step-by-step guide on how to draw the famous Space Needle in a comic book art style.