The why and how of isometric art.
How do you create isometric art?
You can begin your isometric artwork with a pencil sketch or you can create digital pixel art with image-editing software. Grid lines can help guide you, but you don’t need them to get started.
Draw on a blank canvas.
Follow this step-by-step tutorial to begin with a simple shape like an isometric cube. If you’re drawing on paper, it helps to have a ruler and protractor at hand.
Draw a vertical line. This represents the corner of the object closest to the viewer.
Lightly draw horizontal guidelines across the bottom, midpoint, and top of your line.
From the middle and bottom points of your line, draw two lines half the length of your first line, heading up and to the right at a 30-degree angle from horizontal. (Use your protractor and ruler to get the exact angle and length.) Then complete the right side of your cube by drawing a vertical line connecting the endpoints of the two angled lines.
Make the left side the same way, by drawing lines from the middle and bottom points of your center line extending left at a 30-degree angle. Connect those lines with a vertical line to complete the left side of the cube.
To complete this isometric view of a cube, draw a line going to the left at 30 degrees from the top of the right side, and do the opposite for the left side. This V will complete the top of the cube.
Erase your guidelines and add a little shading to one side to make your cube look more three dimensional.
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