How to Draw a Greek Column

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Greek columns appear in classic architecture all over the world. In their simplest form, these columns are not difficult to draw because they are made up of straight lines. They look best when drawn precisely, so use a ruler for the most accurate results.

  • Draw two vertical parallel lines, 4-inches high and 1 inch apart. This is the body of the column.

  • Draw a line connecting the top left corner of the column to the top right.

  • Draw a line connecting the bottom left corner to the bottom right.

  • Lightly draw seven long, evenly spaced vertical lines 1/8-inch apart from the left side of the column to the right. They should run the entire length of the column.

  • Draw a 2-inch-long horizontal line 1/4-inch above the column, centered over the column, forming a T shape.

  • Draw a line from the left end of the line you drew in step 5 to the top left corner of the column.

  • Draw a line from the right end of the line you drew in step 5 to the top right corner of the column.

  • Draw a 2-inch long horizontal 1/4-inch below the column, centered beneath it.

  • Draw a line from the left end of the line you drew in step 8 to the bottom left corner of the column.

  • Draw a line from the right end of the line you drew in step 8 to the bottom left corner of the column.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are actually three types of Greek columns. These steps describe a standard Doric column, but for variations see the Ionic and Corinthian columns found in the References section.

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