Learn How to Draw a House Step by Step

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While some artists are attracted to the organic forms found in nature, others gravitate towards the clean lines of cityscapes. However, if you're not used to drawing architecture, it can seem like an intimidating subject. Fortunately, by breaking structures down into geometric shapes, you'll find that it is not as difficult as you think.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to draw a simple house by breaking down the process into nine easy-to-follow steps with illustrations. All you'll need to follow along is a pencil, eraser, pen, some paper, and reference photos (if you want to add your own creative touch to the abode). Ready to get started? Then let's draw a house!

 

Learn How to Draw a Simple House Step by Step

 

Step 1: Draw a triangle

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

First, we're going to construct the roof of the house. So, draw a triangle.

 

Step 2: Add a rectangle

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Next, add a rectangle to the base of the triangle.

 

Step 3: Draw another rectangle

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Add another rectangle of somewhat equal size right next to the first rectangle.

 

Step 4: Sketch a trapezoid

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Afterward, sketch a trapezoidal shape above the second rectangle, creating the rest of the roof.

 

Step 5: Add features to the roof

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Begin adding features to the roof of the house, such as a rectangular chimney and a triangular Dormer window.

 

Step 6: Draw the doors and windows

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Next, add windows and doors to the body of the house using various rectangular shapes.

 

Step 7: Add detail to the doors and windows

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Fill in the windows and doors with details of the molding and window panes.

 

Step 8: Add detail to the roof

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

After, you can add texture to the roof by drawing a series of straight, parallel lines.

 

Step 9: Go over the drawing in ink

How to Draw a House

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole | My Modern Met

Lastly, it is time to finish the drawing by going over it in ink. So, using your pen of choice, carefully trace over all of the pencil lines. Afterward, you can choose to add more texture to the house and/or fill it in with color.

All done!

 

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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