Introduction: 3D Buildings on Grid Paper!

Hey guys! I'm back, doing my first post in a while: a tutorial on something cool to do on graph paper. You draw 3D models of buildings and stuff, and I think it's sorta a fun thing to do when bored. This instuctable might be more of a concept than a step by step, but it's still basic. Enjoy!

I just made a Papercraft version of this. Head on over with this link and make sure to check it out!

Step 1: Stuff You Need

You will need:

  • Pencil (a regular mechanical pencil or #2 would do well)
  • Some kind of thin marker like a Sharpie Pen (if you want to outline it in black ink)
  • Graph paper (or printer paper if you don't want the grid guidelines)
  • One of those shader things or finger (for shadows if you want them)

Step 2: Drawing

Rotate the paper a bit so the squares are at a 45 degree angle. Start doing a basic outline of the building in pencil.

Step 3: Outlining

Once you're sure of the final design, you can outline it with a thin pen/marker.

Step 4: Shading

TWO METHODS:

1: Finger

Shade the areas that would have shade lightly, then rub it with your finger to spread it around.

2. Shader thing

Sorta scribble around that area that would have shade and use it like a pencil to make shade.

Step 5: Optional: Cutting

This is an optional step that is for people that want to make their drawing into an anamorphic illusion. To do that, use a pencil and lightly sketch the base. Make a dot on the farthest corner from you (shown in the picture). Trace along the line that aligns with the dot where the line come out of the drawing is where you will cut. If this is confusing, the picture captions will probably help. Trace an outline for the paper that the building will be on (make room for the shadow) and cut it out. When you get to the lines that you sketched, just cut the building outline.

Step 6: Done!

You now have a cool cube-like 3D building. Thanks for reading this 'ible!

Comments

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Josh Campbell made it! (author)2015-02-01

Cool idea, fun way to fill 15 minutes! I didn't have a shader thing so I used my finger. (Photo with Snapchat, b&w filter.)

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-02-01

Nice!! Just you you know, you can also make other buildings other that the one shown like a house or something.

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Josh Campbell made it! (author)Josh Campbell2015-02-02

I like to start with what I know, if I get board again I may go outside the box. ;) (pun intended)

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LabRatMatt made it! (author)2017-07-10

I love this! What a great little visual trick!

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goldenrailmaster made it! (author)2016-03-30

Cool! Good job! Also, this is the first project I tried out on the website.

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492016-03-30

Thanks! Can you post a picture?

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goldenrailmaster made it! (author)goldenrailmaster2016-04-01

I tried it again. I had made a better one before, but I don't know what happened to it. I either lost it or threw it away. I might have messed this one up a little bit by accident...

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492016-04-01

It looks like you're trying to curve the line...

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Shiba Inu Meme made it! (author)2015-12-23

I first tried your design and I loved it. Decided to amp I up and it took 3 pieces of printer (graph) paper to complete. I loved this tutorial it was well explained and the photos actually were helpful.

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-12-26

Thanks! Make sure to try other designs.

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SunderOrigami made it! (author)2015-12-10

That was an awesome tutorial. Came out great, thanks for sharing :)!

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-12-16

Thanks! First comment an this in a while. I think I can only do Instructables over breaks. .-.

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)2015-09-17

Did this really just get 1,693 views in one day??

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indikah11 made it! (author)2015-09-04

but i don't have graph paper :(

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NateS5 made it! (author)2015-09-16

I'm loving how well this effect works thank u

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Linkin_J_Knex made it! (author)2015-09-06

cool! I have to try this out:)

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indikah11 made it! (author)2015-09-04

but what do you do if you have no graph paper?

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indikah11 made it! (author)2015-09-04

this is realy fun

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armored bore made it! (author)2015-04-11

Oh crap... guys, help. This is too fun

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-04-12

Awesome! The cracked effect is cool.

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Nrgdragon made it! (author)2015-04-04

Awesome

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kahht made it! (author)2015-02-03

Fun project! I may need some larger sized paper... I have big ideas for another doodle.

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critopadolf made it! (author)2015-02-03

Here is my attempt, I don't know how to shade and my lines are not straight but it was fun! Awesome idea!

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-02-03

Good! BTW, there is a 'I made it!' button at the top of the page that makes it show up with a picture and a I made it! ribbon.

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PowellMade made it! (author)2015-02-03

Nice work!! liked it!

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jlsajfj made it! (author)2015-02-02

Nice :D time to go troll friends

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sandroknexmaster made it! (author)2015-02-02

That's nice!

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-02-02

THX!

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jeanniel1 made it! (author)2015-02-02

So COOOL! What a great optical illusion.

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cchristopher2 made it! (author)2015-02-01

Good example of using two point perspecive drawing to force a three dimesional illusion.

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dwgrm made it! (author)2015-02-01

very kewl. Well done. Here's the photoshop version.

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evelynreiss made it! (author)2015-02-01

Brilliant! I will try with my students tomorrow! Also, love the fact that there is little needed in the way of materials--no special shopping required. Thanks so much.

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gbushta made it! (author)2015-02-01

Very nice and easy to follow Instructable.

You could even draw five or 8 of these and have different light-source/shadow-angles. Then create an animated GIF using photos of the 3D buildings. Your project has inspired me. Thank you.

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stannickel made it! (author)2015-02-01

I always wondered how they do it. This is very good! I have to try it.

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bill2009 made it! (author)2015-02-01

Excellent! Thanks.

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eilu made it! (author)2015-01-31

Very cool. I have to try this sometime.

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RusdionoM made it! (author)2015-01-26

Awesome.

I'll try this. Thanks.

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Kiteman made it! (author)2015-01-24

That's a cracking illusion!

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dcada made it! (author)dcada2015-01-26

yup it sure is

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pickle25257 made it! (author)2015-01-25

Awesome job! I'll try this!!

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tony17837 made it! (author)2015-01-25

Great Instructables Thank You

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)2015-01-24

Thanks to JM1999!

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JM1999 made it! (author)JM19992015-01-24

That's totally fine!

p.s. you should use the "reply" button, it alerts the person who made the original comment that you have replied to them :)

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-01-24

Oh, yeah, forgot to click that.

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JM1999 made it! (author)JM19992015-01-24

It's alright!

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grovich777 made it! (author)2015-01-24

Thanks for instructable.

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)knexinventions 492015-01-24

You're welcome.

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JM1999 made it! (author)2015-01-24

No, you don't have a cool 3D building.

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You have an absolutely amazing 3 dimensional building!

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knexinventions 49 made it! (author)2015-01-24

Thanks to kiteman!

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