How to draw a cube! Pretty simple, but surprisingly, lots of people don't know how to do this...

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Step 1: Step 1

Draw a square. It doesn't have to be perfect, just a square.

Step 2: Step 2

Add lines coming out from 3 of the corners of the square, as shown below. If you want to make the cube look like it is coming from a different side, simply make them coming from different corners.

Step 3: Step 3

Connect the lines. ...look at the picture...

You can use this techniques to make other shapes look 3-dimensional, too!

Have fun drawing cubes!!!!

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    26 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice 3D square/cube unlike those 4D cubes drawn with 2 squares


    12 years ago

    Wow.... you guys are making asses out of yourselves.... Believe it or not, there's quite a few people that don't have the spatial reasoning to do this. This doesn't make them any less than you or me intellectually . Those with comparatively lower spatial reasoning very likely have incredibly great Verbal reasoning (you know, great at things like arithmetic, programming, negotiation, etc.).

    Not everyone is going to be an Engineer.... But how many Engineers are great orators and business persons?

    While this site does attract many that likely do have the capability to envision and apply dimensional reasoning that doesn't mean that everyone does. Being a maker of physical objects kinda requires some spatial reasoning.

    Hell it was a big deal when artwork started to have perspective (perhaps indicating a huge jump in human development?).

    In any case.... What was drawn here is called an oblique view. That is, the most foreword part is not distorted and is perpendicular to the viewing plane. A oblique "3-D" house for example looks a little funny (but a 30-60 perspective would fix that).

    5 replies

    Reply 12 years ago

    While you're right that those with lower spatial reasoning may excel otherwise, surely even those with lower spatial reasoning that are capable of using a computer without electrocuting themselves can figure this one out.


    Reply 12 years ago

    Surely Not... that's exactly my point. "Figuring out" is a very complex mechanism. For someone that is unable to figure it out, following directions is the next best thing.

    The best comparison is to those with perfect pitch (can you differentiate the difference between C sharp and C?)... In the United States, about 1 in 100 have it. You can not hand someone a tuning fork and tell them "figure out how to have perfect pitch." It's just not in the cards - after all, that's why people like me use a tuner to stay in pitch ;)

    Of everyone that has responded thus far, Kiteman is spot on -- He's teaching kids that are right in the middle of this type of brain development. That's the time when environment is going to play a role - to what extent is still being studied but seems to be significant.

    As an anecdote on development.... My earliest recollection of my surroundings was in the rocket garden at the Kennedy Space Center.... Perhaps that's why I choose my major and enjoy sciences :)


    Reply 12 years ago

    I feel I need to add something more as to why I'm posting on this (I can't get back to studying otherwise :P).

    There was a time when my brother could not do this. But not for the same reason as I have posted. He is very intelligent (we had IQ tests, but my parents won't say what any of our scores are -- and now, I don't care to know because it doesn't matter; I know my personal capabilities and that's good enough for me). But, he has a form of dysgraphia related to spatial dysgraphia that was not caused by trauma.

    Imagine being able to think -- but misfiring when it comes to written communication while having normal motor skills/control. Not only are you labeled (socially) as an idiot but you're likely to be misdiagnosed unless you get the right testing. There's no cure, but once you're diagnosed, you can learn (over a long long time) to gain control. And if you're not diagnosed and don't receive the proper concessions to learn... it's likely you won't and you will fall through the cracks of society (which almost happened with my brother if not for my family's intervention with what the school system was doing).

    It's been nearly 10 years since he was diagnosed (he's also ADHD - common for people with dysgraphia) and he's doing well. So I say all of this with first hand experience when someone (unknowing teacher) tells someone else that doesn't have the capability: Just draw a cube - it's just not going to happen.

    To reiterate, it is no reflection of intelligence. Where we lack in one skill, we make up with others. And in the case of my brother, it's very common to have a high IQ and also have dysgraphia.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I feel the need to comment on this. I myself have rather severe dysgraphia and could not draw a cube for quiet some time. My teachers at first thought I was trying to fake dyslexia (you can imagine the trauma an 11 year old would go through when no body believes he can't write). To add insult to injury I was a rather accomplished fencer and since dysgraphia is usually linked to motor skills, it was just another nail in the coffin. I don't know my IQ exactly, but trebuchet03 was spot on with his bolded statement.


    Reply 12 years ago

    So after making a nonconstructive comment, you are now defending that action? If you don't have anything positive to say, don't say anything.

    fungus amungus

    12 years ago

    For those who haven't taken the time to do some drawing, drawing a cube isn't as easy as it looks. Take the time to learn 1-, 2-, and 3- point perspective and you'll be much better off for it.

    tofood, try doing this with a pencil and paper. You'll get a much better feel than a computer drawing program can give you.

    For this one, you'd want to:

    Draw a square- easy enough.

    Make a vanishing point - Just put a dot somewhere outside the square.

    Perspective lines - Draw faint lines to connect the two or three corners closest to the vanishing point to the vanishing point itself.

    Finish the cube - Say the vanishing point is above and to the right of the square. Start at the bottom right corner, darken the diagonal line a short way. Now draw a line straight up until you hit the middle diagonal. Now draw a horizontal line left until you hit the third diagonal. Follow that diagonal back.

    Play around with the depth so that it "feels" like a cube.

    Now to make series of cubes and then move into other perspectives.

    4 replies

    Yup, it's the one I use the most often. 3-point adds the extra drama if I want it. 1-, 2-, and 3-point are all pretty easy to learn if you're willing to practice. I'd recommend the book "Rapid Viz" for learning those and other useful drawing techniques.


    12 years ago

    Maybe you should have started with something more basic like a Square or even a Line and work up from there.

    1 reply

    12 years ago

    Haha, ok, i honestly think that drawing a cube is extremely easy and not a whole lot of ppl would need to use this instructable, but im not saying it has no right to be here.. I do have a question though.. Why did you go to all this trouble and not bother to draw a decent cube? The one used in this instructable is lop sided and doesnt really look like a cube. Looks like someone pinched it at the back..


    12 years ago

    I now realize why people are saying this site is turning to shit...

    2 replies

    Reply 12 years ago

    well if you don't like it, you don't have to stay. no one is making you stay!


    Reply 12 years ago

    Then post something that you deem worthy of Instructables. I notice you haven't contributed anything. I know multiple people who can't figure something like this out.