How to Draw a 2D Isometric

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How to Draw a 2D Isometric
Draw the object so that the front corner creates a vertical line. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Isometric drawings stimulate a 3-D view with a 2-D drawing. Typically, these drawings feature cube-like objects with straight edges. Curved objects, such as cans or glasses, look odd when drawn in the isometric view because isometric drawings rarely include curved lines. Though many computer programs assist in creating isometric drawings, you must understand the principles of creating a hand-drawn isometric view of an object before creating realistic isometric drawings on the computer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Protractor
  • Ruler

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw the front corner of the object by drawing a vertical line.

  2. 2

    Place a protractor on the paper. Adjust the protractor so that its centre marking lines up with the vertical line. Line up your ruler with the 30-degree marking.

  3. 3

    Remove the protractor and draw a light line along the ruler. This line should be diagonal and extend to the left. Remove the ruler and replace the protractor. Line up the protractor with the vertical line. Place the ruler at the 150-degree line. Remove the protractor and draw a light line along the ruler. This line should be diagonal and extend to the right.

  4. 4

    Place your pencil along the right diagonal line. Draw a vertical line at the right-corner of the object. For example, if you are drawing a cube, you will draw a vertical line that is as tall as the diagonal line is long. Move your pencil to the left diagonal line and draw a vertical line that represents the left corner of the object.

  5. 5

    Connect the top of the front vertical line with the top of the right vertical line by drawing a straight line between the two points. If the top of the object is not level, erase the appropriate section of the line. Re-draw the line with the appropriate bends. For example, if the object has a square groove at the top, draw a short vertical line at the left side of the top line. Draw a short vertical line at the right side of the top line. Connect these two lines with a straight line.

  6. 6

    Place your ruler between the top of the front vertical line and the top of the left vertical line. Draw a line that connects these two points.

  7. 7

    Move your pencil to the back corner of the object. Place your pencil at the top of the right vertical line. Draw a line that is parallel to the line that connects the front and left vertical lines. This line should be the same width as the other line.

  8. 8

    Draw a line that connects the just-drawn line to that left front corner of the object. This line should be parallel to the line that connects the front and right vertical lines.

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