Introduction to Drawing 3D Shapes

Introduction to Drawing 3D Shapes

This FREE mini-course with Susan shows you exactly how to draw some of the most important and basic 3D shapes - cubes, spheres, cylinders and cones.

The course is broken down into several bite-sized modules and includes photos, step-by-step descriptions and videos of the stages to drawing realistic 3D shapes.

Why draw 3D shapes?

Depicting 3D shapes on the page can be a challenge to most people starting out with drawing (and even the most experienced). Getting a flat piece of paper to look like it stands out is a real skill that is handy for any artist.

By the end of the course

After completing this course you will be comfortable drawing the basic shapes of a cube, sphere, cylinder and cone in pencil. From here you can then develop your skills further and look to draw other objects and items with more confidence and technical skill.

Who is The Course For?

This is an easy-to-follow course suitable for beginners to drawing and those looking for a refresher in pencil drawing.

It is perfect for anyone who wants to understand the basics of interpreting a 3d shape such as a cube, sphere, cone and cylinder and putting this on paper using pencil. 

Table of Contents

About Susan
Lesson 1: Drawing 3D shapes
Lesson 2: Step-by-step cube tutorial
Lesson 3: Drawing 3D shapes - sphere, cone and cylinder
Exercise: Your turn
Keep drawing!
Time to Get Inspired....

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About the Course Tutor - Susan Yeates

Hello, I'm Susan. I am an artist, author, TedX speaker and art tutor based in Woking, Surrey in the UK.

I have written two books on linocutting including Amazon no. 1 bestsellers, Learning Linocut (2011) and A Beginner’s Guide to Linocut (2019, Search Press). In 2018 I launched the annual 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge which begins on 1 January each year. I love getting new people interested in art, sketching and creativity.

As well as creating my own drawings and prints I love educating and sharing my knowledge - I have a number of e-courses tutoring beginners to drawing, sketching and printmaking. These include Sketching for Fun, Mindful Drawing and Doodling for Beginners. This FREE mini-course is a small extract from the full course Sketching for Fun. 

I am also a busy mama, a pottery cafe owner (Fired Frog Pottery Cafe in Woking) and reading addict.

In December 2019 I delivered a TedX talk at the WWF Living Planet Centre here in Woking entitled Create Your Mandala Universe - Collaborate for a Beautiful Life. This talk is all about collaboration and connection for mums in business and also includes some of my mandala drawings.

Find out what else I get up to on my website here:

Materials Required

You need a few basic drawing materials to join this course. These include smooth white paper or a sketchbook and a small range of pencils including 2B and 4B.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

What materials do I need to study the course?

To study this course you only need a handful of materials, including a sketchbook, a 2B and 4B pencil, erasers, pencil sharpener etc.

I've never done any drawing before - is this course suitable for me?

Absolutely! The course is perfectly suitable for beginners to drawing as it shows some really simple techniques that can be followed step-by-step. If you can hold a pencil, you can do this course! The focus is on having fun with sketching.

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