How to Draw a Chinese Building

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Chinese architecture is very specific and instantly recognizable. Draw a Chinese building with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name's Patricia, I'm an artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw a Chinese building. Now, when you're drawing a Chinese building, there's a couple of elements that you can put into your drawing so that people know immediately that it's a Chinese building. So, the elements that I'm putting in here are the curved ends of the building. See here how my eaves curve up? That is a trait in Japanese - or, pardon me, in Chinese architecture. And so, here, this is underneath it. And, this is the building itself. Some buildings, they're fairly square or rectangular, simple shapes. You can put a nice big door on it. And, here is a simple Chinese building. Very easy. Number one. Now, if you want to have more fun with it, there's buildings that have lots of levels that look like this. So, again, here's the top of the roof, and we're doing the eaves. And, I'm going to do this, you know, very simple form. You can do a lot more detail, but for this case I'm just going to do a simple example. But, notice how these, again, are eaves of a roof. And, on each level, they go up at the end. Again, in between the levels, very simple shapes. But, this gives you an idea of how Chinese architecture works. So, and this, you'll see these buildings in China, and they're almost like, just, interesting towers. And, you can add windows and what have you. And, they're usually - you can, you know, add sides to it. And, the roofs themselves, I made them fairly angular, or just rounded, but they actually have angles like this. So, if you want to go back and put angles in yours, can even put more of a detail like this. And, there you go. There are two examples of Chinese buildings. Enjoy!


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