3D Letters

How to Draw 3D Letters

3D letters drawing is an excellent idea for posters, birthday cards, and plaques. The best part is it’s not hard to figure out how to do this kind of art. Start with rectangular outlines around common letters and then provide insight into diagonal lines and shadows. Learn the tips below to find out more!


Part 1 of 3: Drawing Letters in 3D

  1. Make large pencil letters in the center of the sheet of paper. You can also make lowercase letters, but it’s easier to draw uppercase letters (straighter lines). Write everything in pencil to erase it later!
  • It may be easier to practice using square paper. Follow the lines on the sheet and create beautiful, straight letters.
  • Leave more space than usual between the letters to be able to rotate later.
  1. Make a thicker pencil outlining the letters. If you are using graph paper, trace the letters with rectangular lines of the same thickness. If you draw freehand, make the outlines above and below the previous lines (so that everything is the same size).
  • For curved letters, such as “C,” draw a smooth curve with the same width as the others.
  • Don’t forget to move around inside the letter holes, such as “R” and “A.”
  1. Pass a pen or marker around the pencil outline. Please don’t go around the first lines you made, but the blocks around them. Make smooth, fluid movements. If necessary, use a ruler or a scale.
  • Wait for the ink to dry before removing the pencil marks, or the pen will be blurry.
  1. Delete all pencil lines. Then, apply a large, soft eraser to the bars. You will only have the final blocks that represent the letters.
  • Remove the rubber shavings from the pencil after finishing.

Part 2 of 3: Adding 3D perspective to letters

  1. Decide what point of view you want the letters to represent. Find out if you wish to view the notes from above or below, from the left or the right. For example: if you look at the text from the front, it will look like this, without the “tail.”
  • The point of view determines the direction of the diagonal lines that you will draw next.
  1. Make small diagonal lines from the corners of the pencil letters. Draw all diagonal lines in the same direction. If you wish, think of a combination point at the bottom of the drawing and use a scale to align its lines before drawing for real. For example: if you look at the letters from above, tilt the lines up; if you are looking from below, tilt them; do everything to the left if you are looking from the left; and finally, to the right if you’re looking in that direction.
  • Draw these lines in different directions until you get a good result.
  • The most common is drawing 3D letters visible from above.
  1. Join the ends of the diagonal lines. Use horizontal, vertical, and curved lines to represent the tail of the letters.
  • Imagine that you draw a cube: start with a square and then make and connect diagonal lines to form the object’s tail. Just the same! Just a few other formats, of course.

Part 3 of 3: Adding shadows

  1. Imagine that the perspective of the drawing came from a light source. It will be easier to visualize how light and shadow interact with the letters and create consistent shading. Of course, it’s simpler to combine the perspective and the light source, but you’re not required to do so.
  • If you wish, you can draw a small sun in one of the top corners of the page. Just delete it later.
  • Most light sources come from above, such as the sun, moon, lamp, etc. However, you are free to create this font from a lower perspective, as if the lyrics were on a stage.
  1. Heat the surfaces at the points furthest from the light. Shade with a dark-colored pencil, pen, or pen. Pass it over the surfaces most distant from the light and leave the nearest ones clear.
  • For example: if the light source is in the upper left corner of the page, all right corners will obscure.
  1. Shade the letters (optional). Look again at the light source and draw the shape of the letter from it, as if it had fallen on the imaginary floor. Because it can be challenging to represent shadows realistically, this step is optional.
  • If you make the expected shadows, add them to the letter holes, such as “R” and “A.”
  1. It’s ready!


  • Start by drawing in pencil and only outline the pen when you are confident in the result.
  • If you display letters on a computer screen, make the light source in the right-hand corner. It is the convention of most virtual resources.

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