How to Draw 3D Letters

Since the beginning of time, letters have been used as a way to communicate, expand ideas, and share information.  3D letters are a very popular art project at the moment, and many people are looking for ideas on how to draw them.  If you want to learn how to draw 3d letters, this post will show you a few things you can do. There are easy steps to drawing 3D letters that both kids and adults can carry out.

Drawing 3d letters is so much fun and can keep you extremely busy. It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult. You can spend hours on this activity provided that you have the patience required for this hobby.

Draw 3D Letters Step by Step

Today we’re going to be delving into the world of 3D lettering. There is no better way to spruce up your logos or symbols than to give them some depth. In this section, you will learn how to draw 3d letters step by step.

Method- 1: Draw 3D Block Letters

Step-1: Draw Capital Letters

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With a pencil, draw large capital letters in the center of the page. Lower case letters can also be done in 3D, but it’s much easier with upper case letters since more of them have straight lines. It is best to draw letters in pencil so you can erase or edit them. When you are done, you will need to erase them later.

  • On graph paper, the practice may be easier. You can create neat, even lines for your letters by following the lines printed on the graph paper.
  • If you outline your letters, you will need more space than you normally would between the letters.

Step- 2: Outline Letters

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Outline your letters with a pencil by sketching blocks. Simply trace a rectangle around your letters on graph paper if you’re drawing on it. Each letter should have about the same width. You can lightly draw guidelines at the top and bottom, so all your letters are the same size when you’re drawing free-hand.

  • Draw a smooth curve for letters with curves, such as “C,” and make them the same width as the straight-edged ones.
  • Please ensure that holes in letters like “R” and “A” are outlined inside.

Step- 3: Outline Block by Using Marker

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To finalize your block outline, go over it with a pen or marker. If you want to trace over your block outline, do not trace over the letters you originally wrote. Trace smooth, straight lines rather than light, feathered ones. You’ll get a much neater result this way! Use a straight edge ruler if it helps.

  • Erasing pencil marks after the ink has dried will prevent smudging the ink.

Step- 4: Erase Guidelines

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Erase all pencil marks. Erase all of the pencil points and lines with a large, soft eraser. After this, all that remains is the final outline of the letters on your paper.

  • Make sure the eraser shavings are cleared away so they won’t get in the way.

Step- 5: 3D Projection

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Choose a position for your letters so that they appear 3D. Determine whether your block letters should face left or right, and whether to view them from above or below. You would only see block letters if you looked at them straight on, which is why you need to tilt them to see them in 3D.

  • In the next step, the direction you draw your diagonal lines will depend on your vantage point.

Step- 6: Draw Some Diagonal Lines

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From the corners of the letters, draw small diagonal lines. Make sure they all point the same way as you draw your lines. If necessary, choose the point where they disappear into the background. Before drawing each line, you should line it up with that vanishing point using a straight edge. Your letters should tilt up if viewed from above. Your letters should tilt down if viewed from below. To make your letter face left, draw the lines to the right, whereas to make them face right, draw the lines to the left.

  • Try drawing these lines in different directions until you find out what works for you.
  • When drawing block letters, most people view them from above.

Step- 7: Join Drawn Diagonal Lines

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Join the diagonal lines at their ends. Make diagonal lines a network by connecting them with horizontal, vertical, and curved lines. Draw the backside of the letter by connecting the diagonal lines.

  • If you were drawing a cube, you would draw a square, then some diagonal lines, and then connect them into another square. The shapes are the same, except the letters are instead of squares.

Step- 8: Determine the Light Source

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Imagine you are looking at a light source from your vantage point. Using this method, you can visualize how light and shadow will fall on your letters so that they can be shaded consistently. You can choose either the same location for your light source or a different location for your vantage point.

  • To help yourself remember, lightly draw a sun in the upper corner of the page. Later, you can erase it.
  • There are most likely to be light sources from above, such as the sun, moon, and overhead lighting, so we will see them most frequently. However, if you wanted the letters to appear as if they were behind stage lights, you could place the light source on the bottom.

Step- 9: Add Shading

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Away from the source of light, darken the surfaces. If the letter faces away from the light source, the surfaces that will be in shade can be shaded in with a dark pencil, pen, or marker. The surfaces that will be facing the light should be left a lighter color.

  • Light sources in the upper left corner of your page will cause the right hand surface of all your letters to be dark.

Step- 10: Draw Cast Shadow

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If you wish, make the letters cast shadows. Draw the letter falling from the light source onto the imaginary floor, looking at where the light source is. This step is optional since it can sometimes be difficult to get the shadow cast in a realistic way.

  • Add cast shadows to holes in the letters as well if you’re adding them. As an example, the letter “R” would cast a shadow from a part of the top bit to a part of the bottom.

Step- 11: Here You Done

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That’s all.

Method- 2: Draw 3D Letters Step by Step

Step One – Write Out Your Word

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Choose a word you are comfortable writing and love to use as practice. Look for a word with letters you find easy to write. My favorite letters to write are b and h, for instance, because of their long ascenders. In contrast, I have a hard time writing the letter k. It’s up to you to figure out what works for you and stick to it! It is always best to practice yourself when learning a new technique! There is no point in overworking yourself!

Choose your practice word now and write it out in your preferred handwriting style. You can do whatever is comfortable for you! There’s no limit to modern or traditional calligraphy, block letters, or cursive. This method can be used for multiple styles of writing.

You want to leave some space for highlights, so don’t make your letters too thin. As a general rule, thicken down, thin up. It means you apply pressure to your downlines in order to thicken them, and that you apply light pressure every time a letter moves upward.

Step Two – Create a Base for Your Shadows

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The key to drawing 3D letters is learning about lettering shadows and lighting. Decide where you want your light to come from first. You typically select either the top or the bottom, but the right side or the left is also an option. For simplicity’s sake here usually select the left side. It will always be light on one side and shadow on the other.

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Once you’ve decided which side you’d like to use, use your thin black pen to trace carefully along the letter edges. Do not trace more than one line at a time! The black lines on your letters make them stand out! Adding some definition to your lettering and giving it a polished look will also help.

Step Three – Draw in Your Shadows

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Take your gray marker and trace outside these black lines just slightly the shape of your letters. Make sure to stay within the black lines you’ve drawn.

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It’s time to color it in!

Step Four – Create Your Highlights

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Getting lighter is now the order of the day!

You should locate the upper left-hand corner of each letter with your white pen. Draw a short white line close to each letter’s edge. Your letter thickness will determine the thickness of this line.

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That’s it! It’s done! Wasn’t that easy? Four easy steps to create eye-catching 3-D hand-lettering!

Final Words

The most important thing while learning how to draw 3d letters or any other object is to observe the object’s structure. This will help you create an image in your mind to get a clear picture of how the object would look when drawn. You can try out two or three different perspectives while drawing 3D letters just to get a solid idea of how it would look when viewed from different angles.

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