Learning how to draw a cube can be done using several simple techniques. In this basic lesson, I will show you four techniques that can be used to achieve your goal. First, you will have the opportunity to sketch a solid cube using only two squares and a few lines. This is the easiest technique you can find to create this shape.
Next, you will have access to three more lessons to help you draw your cube using perspective. These shapes can be done using one vanishing point, two vanishing points and three vanishing points. It can be slightly more challenging to draw a shape using perspective, but I am sure you will get it right using these simple tips below. Ready? Let's start this series now! :)
First, let's draw a basic cartoon cube using two perfect squares. For this first step, draw a square on the left side of your piece of paper. We need some room on the right to draw the shape properly.
Next, draw a second shape behind the first one. As you can see below, the new shape is slightly higher and also on the right of the original shape. The part located inside the original square must be hidden.
It's now time to add some depth by creating three basic lines. The top corners are created by joining the vertices together with these new lines. You can see the new additions below (colored in red).
Now that all lines are drawn, you can erase the lines that are visible inside the cube. The lines that must be removed can be seen below (colored in gray). Nice work! We have created our first cartoon cube!
Of course, you can change the angle of the shape by drawing the additional lines below the squares instead of on top. You can see below how such a modification can create something completely different.
Nice work learning how to draw a cube using only two basic squares. This first technique is very easy to duplicate. We are now entering the most challenging part of this series : creating perspective using vanishing points.
Our first example is made of a single vanishing point. Start by sketching a square on the bottom of the illustration. On top of the picture (near the left), you can draw the vanishing point (seen in green below).
Next, select all three vertices from the square and draw long straight lines as shown below. Since we want to draw a cube, we need to draw two more lines to achieve our goal.
These two lines will help us close the shape and complete our cartoon cube. For this step, you need to draw one vertical line on the side and a horizontal one on top. Both lines are joined to create another corner.
Drawing these lines closer to the vanishing point could also create a fun shape. However, since our goal is to create a cube, the previous version was more appropriated.
This is the result once the vanishing point is erased and all lines are adjusted.
This next example is depicting a cube made with two vanishing points. First, draw both points on both sides of the image (near the top of this one). In the middle of the illustration (and near the bottom), draw a short vertical line.
Once you are done creating this line, add four more straight lines to join the original line with the vanishing points. Great! This exercise on how to draw a cube is progressing nicely! :)
It's now time to sketch two short vertical lines to create both sides of the shape. You can see these new additions below (also colored in red). One more step and we are done with this variation.
You can complete this lesson on how to draw a cube using two vanishing points by drawing two more lines. These lines are joining both top corners to the vanishing points.
Once all lines are shortened and both vanishing points are erased, you should end up with a shape similar to the one below.
This is our biggest challenge so far. In this last lesson from this series on how to draw a cube, I will show you how to use three vanishing points. Start by sketching a red dot in the middle. Around this dot, draw all three vanishing points as shown below.
Then, join the red dot to all three vanishing points using straight lines. The red dot is not useful anymore. You can erase this one.
Below the two top lines, add two more lines to create the bottom of the shape. For this step, the vanishing point located near the bottom is not needed.
Repeat the same process, but this time on top of the original lines. This time, the new lines are touching each other to form the top corner of the cartoon cube.
Finally, complete this shape by sketching two more lines. These lines are needed to form both corners located on both sides of the cartoon cube. You can see these new additions below (the red lines).
Once all lines are shortened, you can see the final result below. Using three vanishing points can create weird shapes, so it's important to test and try new angles if you are looking for a specific perspective for your cartoon cube.
I hope you had fun learning how to draw a cube using four simple techniques. If you want to practice more shapes, you are invited to try this tutorial on how to draw an oval shape. Have fun and don't forget to practice often. It's the key to success. :)