# 3D Buildings on Grid Paper!

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## 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.

TWO METHODS:

1: Finger

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!

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## Questions

I love this! What a great little visual trick!

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

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

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

but i don't have graph paper :(

I'm loving how well this effect works thank u

cool! I have to try this out:)

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

this is realy fun

Awesome

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

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.

Nice work!! liked it!

Nice :D time to go troll friends

That's nice!

THX!

So COOOL! What a great optical illusion.

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

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