How to Draw a Windmill & Solar Panel

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How to Draw a Windmill & Solar Panel
Windmills are less complex to draw if broken into major shapes (natural energy image by david from

If you are studying natural energy in school, you may be assigned a visual project on wind and solar energy. If you have been studying these forms of natural energy on your own, you may wish to make a visual project for fun. Either way, windmills and solar panels are the two major means of harnessing wind and solar energy, respectively. Drawing both of these objects can be made easy if each are broken down into their major shapes.

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Things you need

  • Drawing utensil
  • Paper
  • Pictures for reference
  • Ruler

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    Find reference pictures. You will want visuals in front of you while you are drawing your windmill. A good way to do this is to search online for several reference pictures. Visit a site like Google Images, Yahoo! images or use a regular search engine to search for "windmill." Find two to three good images that will help to guide your drawing.

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    Visualise the windmill as major shapes. A windmill used for wind energy has one slender pole and a propeller with three slender panels.

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    Draw the windmill. You can either print out a reference photo and trace it, or you can freehand it. To freehand draw a windmill, start with the base. Draw a long, straight pole from the bottom of the page -- letterhead -- to the midpoint. The pole should be made up of two straight lines. You may use a ruler to ensure the lines are straight.

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    Draw the propeller. At the top of the pole you have drawn, sketch a small circle. This is the base for the panels. Draw three panels evenly around the circle. A tip for this would be to use your ruler and lightly sketch a triangle inside the circle. At each point, a panel for the windmill will be drawn, and you can erase the triangle afterward. The most simple way to draw a panel is to use your ruler and sketch a long and slender triangle. Erase the tip of the triangle, and make it curved rather than sharp.

  1. 1

    Find reference pictures. Search for visuals in the same manner as for windmills in the previous section.

  2. 2

    Visualise the solar panel as major shapes. A solar panel is a large rectangle with a grid of evenly distributed rectangles inside of it.

  3. 3

    Draw the solar panel. You can either print out a reference photo and trace it, or you can freehand it. To freehand draw a solar panel, start with the base. Draw a large rectangle in the centre of your page. Make sure you use your ruler so that the lines are straight.

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    Draw the grid. Use your ruler to divide your rectangle into a grid. To do this, draw about five even straight lines from top to bottom across the length of your rectangle, and draw about three even straight lines from left to right across the other side of your rectangle.

Tips and warnings

  • First draw your windmill and solar panel with a pencil so you can erase and redraw and mistakes. You can colour in your images later or outline them with a pen.

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