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Lesson 21: Let's draw some siege engines

Siege engines are a part of just about every fantasy world! Let's practice drawing some. For the most part you can draw some really good looking siege engines if you just remember the lesson on perspective and vanishing point. Siege engines are typically very squarish constructions. Here are some drawings I made of various siege engines so you can know the various types.




Catapult Drawing Process

This sequence of drawings show you how to go about making a catapult drawing. You start out (1) with a parallelogram. This will be the base of the catapult.

Then you start creating the timbers of the catapult (2) It starts to take on a three dimensional shape.

Now continue to build the structure of the catapult as shown in (3).

An important thing to think about is that the catapult is made up of a lot of parallel lines and these lines tend to get just a little bit narrower the farther away from the viewer they are. And the structure gets a bit smaller the farther away from the viewer it is. This is good use of perspective and vanishing point.

Practice drawing some different siege engines and I have a bunch of different ones here on this page that you can look at so you can practice.

If you really want to get some good practice you can combine this lesson with lesson 20 by taking a good look at one of the catapults for a couple of minutes then looking away and trying to draw it from memory (lesson 20)



Mangonel catapult drawing


Onager Catapult drawing


Oxybeles catapult drawing


Trebuchet Drawing

Let's Continue on to lesson 22



Table top Troll Catapult

How to Make a Catapult

The Table-Top Troll Catapult Build this miniature catapult from materials found around the house. It's an easy project and the catapult really fires projectiles! Catapult Project


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