How to Draw a 3D Box


Drawing any image in three dimensions (3D) gives it a lifelike realism. When kids learn basic drawing skills, many of their drawings appear in one dimension. If you can master the ability to incorporate 3D elements into your art, it will add depth to the image, making it more realistic. Instead of simply drawing a square to represent a box, add a few more simple lines and your box will appear in 3D.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Draw a square with equal sides on a sheet of paper to represent one face of the box. For example, each line could be 1 inch in length, giving you a box with four 1-inch sides. Make sure the bottom line of the box is horizontal.

  • Number each corner of the square starting from the top left corner and moving clockwise. The top left corner is 1; the top right is 2; the bottom right is 3; and the bottom left is 4.

  • Draw a 1-inch, 45-degree diagonal line coming off the corner marked "1." The line can go either left or right, depending on the angle from which you're drawing the box.

  • Draw a 1-inch, 45-degree diagonal line coming off corner "2." This diagonal line should be parallel to the other diagonal line you just drew.

  • Join the open ends of the two diagonal lines with a horizontal line.

  • Draw a third 1-inch, 45-degree diagonal line. If your top two diagonal lines went to the left side of your initial box, the third diagonal line should also aim left, coming from corner 4. Connect the end of this diagonal line with the intersection between your diagonal line from corner 1 and the horizontal line.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you wish to draw a transparent, 3D box, add a horizontal, vertical and diagonal line to the image. The diagonal line should go from corner 3 and be connected to corner 2 with a vertical line. Use a horizontal line to connect the center of the two new lines to the outside corner of the box that doesn't yet have a horizontal line touching it.

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