How to Draw a Ferris Wheel

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How to Draw a Ferris Wheel
Drawing Ferris wheels in three-dimensions can be done with the same basic shapes used in a flat view. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Accent a carnival scene in your art by drawing a Ferris wheel. The image of the iconic ride instantly captures the feel of excitement that comes with the carnival. Though the idea of the Ferris wheel is fun and carefree, the act of drawing it can be difficult. The work can be simplified by using a few basic shapes to construct it. Break out your ruler and follow a few drawing principles, and you will be drawing Ferris wheels in no time!

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Ferris wheel photo reference

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    Use a ruler to draw a square. Locate the centre of the square by drawing two diagonal lines from corner to corner to form an "x." Draw a horizontal and vertical line through the middle of the "x" to create a cross, dividing the square into four equal parts. Use the points where the cross touches the square as a guide, and draw four curved lines that will connect to form a circle. This represents the outer circle of your Ferris wheel.

  2. 2

    Divide each of the four divisions in the same manner as you did with the largest square, using the "x" to find the centre and then putting a cross through it to determine the curves of two smaller circles. You now should have 12 divisions. Use these as a guide to draw a smaller circle inside of the first. Repeat the square division to get one more smaller circle inside of the other two. You will end up with three circles: one representing the outer part of the Ferris wheel where the cars are, another that represents structural support and a third (the smallest) that serves as the axis.

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    Use the diagonal lines of the "x" divisions to draw the arms of the Ferris wheel. Since they have been used to divide the squares, they should be evenly spaced as they project from the axis of the wheel. Draw lines extending below the axis circle to represent the legs of the structure. Add a rectangular solid below these to represent a platform for your Ferris wheel. Draw rectangles on the end of each arm to represent the Ferris wheel cars. Refer to a photo reference to draw things more accurately after getting this basic structure.

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