How to Draw Greek Columns

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How to Draw Greek Columns
Capture the majesty of Greek columns in your drawings. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Greek columns are a classic motif in ancient architecture. It doesn't matter whether you are illustrating a scene in an ancient Greek setting or using the symbolic columns to adorn a banner or poster. Knowing how to draw Greek columns is a skill that can be accomplished with patience. When drawing the columns, it is important to take the time to thoroughly measure and map out your lines to create an accurate image.

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Things you need

  • Drawing paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Place the drawing paper on a smooth, clean surface.

  2. 2

    Draw two vertical, parallel lines that are at least 8 inches high and 1 inch apart. For best results, use a ruler to create accurate measurements and straight lines.

  3. 3

    Connect the top and bottom ends of the parallel lines together to create a long, closed rectangle. This will be the main body of the Greek column.

  4. 4

    Measure out and mark seven 1/8-inch increments between the two outer parallel lines on the top and bottom edges of the column, using your ruler.

  5. 5

    Connect the top and bottom tick marks to create seven parallel, vertical lines.

  6. 6

    Draw two rectangles that are 2 inches wide by 1/2 inch tall, centred above and below the column.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 1 through 6 to draw a second Greek column. Use your ruler to make sure that the second Greek column is on the same plane as the first.

  8. 8

    Connect the two columns with a straight or arched line, if desired.

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