How To Draw 3D Block Letters: Decorative Lettering

Get Tips for Drawing Letters in a 3D Block Style

It's extremely easy to draw 3D block letters to highlight your message on banners and billboards. Decorative lettering can also be used for title pages of any school essay or paper, presentations at work, etc. While a good drawing software package can make your work easy, you can also learn to draw these by hand. These techniques can help when drawing 3D letters. 

Step 1

Getting started. You will need a sheet of paper and a pencil, a ruler if you're not sure you can draw lines freehand. The instructions in this article are for a single alphabet; you can use the same process on all other alphabets and make the necessary words or phrases for your project.

Step 2

Outline. First write out the letter you want to create a 3D effect for, in a large font. Then create an outer block outline of the letter about a quarter of an inch in width.

Step 3

Creating contours. Connect the original inner line of the letter to the block surrounding it, with small slanting lines.

Step 4

Shading. One of the best ways to get a 3D effect on a 2D plane such as a sheet of paper is to imagine a source of light being directed onto the object or image. You will use the same principle here, to create 3D block letters. Locating your imaginary light source on any side of the letter you've drawn and shade the sides which face away from the light. With this, you've just created a 3D block letter. 

Step 5

Other tips and suggestions. You can place the imaginary light source at various angles on the paper to shade the dark areas and check out the different interesting effects you can come up with. Shading need not be necessarily done in shades of black or gray, you can also experiment with various color combinations to get bright images.

These 3D lettering techniques will help you when drawing letters. As mentioned in the beginning, it is very simple and easy. With constant practice and some amount of experimentation, you will be able to make really interesting looking words or phrases. This is also a fun project to engage your children in on long breaks and holidays.


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