Thursday, March 24, 2011

How to Draw the Old Roman Tower

The old roman tower looks hard to draw but with a few tricks it can really be an impressive project. I personally think this one would be well done in fine tip marker.

The Old Roman Tower is essentially a large cylinder, so start by drawing the cylinder of the tower. Perspective makes the top arch down at the outside on the top and arch up at the outside at the bottom. Draw lightly at first with a hard pencil. Add the horizon as a slopping mountain side and some rectangles for the houses of the old village. We will leave the village and mountain undeveloped on purpose to give attention to the tower. Use a light touch and quickly sketch in the structures on both sides of the bottom of the tower, one side has part of some arches and the other had some building or entry. Keep in mind which side the light is coming from. Use the light pencil and a light touch draw a reference grid that you will use to place the texture of the bricks. The lines of this grid will arch up at the top and arch down at the bottom and be straight across in the middle I suggest you work top and bottom at the same time. Draw in the bricks as just dark lines on the grid, most of these dark lines will go horizontally and a few vertically. Don't forget the windows. Pick out some random places to sketch rectangles for individual bricks. Do the same for the structures on both sides at the base of the tower. Use shading to make the effect of roundness. The shadow will get darker toward the edge away from the light. Erase any reference marks that remain. Add a few details such as some pillars in the back ground, clumps of grass, and fallen stones.

(c)Adron Dozat