How to Draw Mayan Pyramids

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The Mayan pyramids were built using a very specific design technique. Draw Mayan pyramids with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Erik. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a Mayan pyramid. Now let's start out just by drawing a line for the ground and then a Mayan pyramid, that's, it's shaped a lot like an Egyptian pyramid so let's just start out by drawing one of those and it goes down and goes over and let's erase this line here but the Mayan pyramids are more staggered with step like structures. So, let's see, let's just add some steps to it. Just go across and add a little indent, draw a step here, draw another one here. They have a lot to them, go across, have another one here and then they also have this structure going down the middle where there are not steps. So let's draw this here, draw across, draw back up, draw across, draw those lines here, draw another one here, draw another one here, draw another one here and then they don't have a point on the top. So it's more flattened. Erase some more of these lines that we don't need. Okay now let's go to this side here, just draw the edges to the top, the steps, a lot of right angles, draw this one here, draw that and they have a little bit more of a pavilion structure at the top, let's draw that and then finally let's draw these edges over here. Draw these steps, draw an edge here, go here, draw an edge here, almost finished, edge here, make sure you get all these steps, draw this one here and sharpen the base and that is how you draw a Mayan pyramid.


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