How to Draw an Aztec Temple

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Aztec temples look a little like a pyramid with the top cut off. Draw an Aztec temple with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Al Krakosky, and I'm an artist. Today, I'm going to show you how to draw an Aztec temple. An Aztec temple is a pyramid with the top cut off. So, we'll start off by drawing a straight line down, and then two diagonal lines from the bottom, to make an arrow, a big arrow. And, once you have that, go to either side, and go up. And then, connect to make another arrow to make your pyramid. Once we have that, we go inside the line a little bit, and draw a cube. Same basic shape, just smaller. After we have that, we go back into our pyramid, and draw parallel lines that stick out a little further, and then down even further, and down even further, and down all the way across, all the way down your pyramid until you reach the end here. Then, you can go back in and erase these lines that you no longer need. Then, we'll do the same thing on the other side. Parallel line, out a little further, and down. Just match it with these lines here. And, after we have this done, we'll go back in and clean these up, and then start on the stairs. For the stairs, you're going to draw a triangle for the sides - the side wall and the stairs. Then, come out a little further, and then go in, and meet with this line right there. And then, straight down. Then, we'll shade that in to separate it. And then, another one, same thing, over here. Once you have that, go in and erase these. Then, for the actual stairs, just a bunch of straight lines connecting all the way up. In the top here, we'll add a little entryway, little rectangle, fill that in. Then, one on this side. And then, you can do some shading throughout. And, that's all you really need to know. Make a pyramid, a cube on top, a triangle for the side of the stairs - the stair walls, and then rectangles for the actual stairs. And, that's it. That is how you draw an Aztec temple. Thank you for watching, and keep on drawing.

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