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Uploaded: February 7, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: February 14, 2008
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The leaning tower of Pisa is a cathedral with a Baptistery, Campanile and Campo Santo is one of the most famous architectural structures in the world found in Italy’s province of Pisa a city inside Tuscany. Construction on this building started taking place in 1173 to 1373. The building sits along side the Cathedral and was a project that took two centuries to complete. The reason for the tower leaning to one side was thought to be from the way the building was constructed from the beginning stages, and over time more studies show that is simply not the case. Obviously the tower was supposed to be a vertical design but the more construction took place it started to incline. Now, while the work was being done on the tower, certain devices where introduced to help stop the structure from leaning to one side. Over time columns and other damaged parts of the building where replaced many of times. As we speak, the sub-soil of the tower is being modified to help add more support to the leaning structure so it will withstand through out time. It is a cylinder shaped structure of detailed masonry surrounded by arcades of arches and columns sitting upon a base mounted above ground with a bell tower on top. Inside the cathedral it is hollow and contains a spiral staircase with 293 steps, once you reach the top step you would be in the sixth arcade. At this point you are in a vault that allows light to shine through and has access to the bell tower above. The leaning tower of Pisa is truly a work of art, and learning how to draw this master piece would think to be challenging. One more odd thing about the tower is, no one knows who the architect was, this eyebrow raising question still remains a mystery not only to researchers, but to the people of Italy as well. The step by step instructions to this tutorial will show you just how easy it is to sketch the leaning tower of Pisa. Take your time and have fun.

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how to draw the leaning tower of pisa

How to Draw the Leaning Tower of Pisa

how to draw the leaning tower of pisa step 1

STEP 1.

Okay lets try and get this step down to point. What you see above is the outside frame work of the tower. What I want you to do is draw the same exact thing on your sketch pad using a good lead pencil. The best place to start would be the top because it has the shape of a top hat. So what you do is sketch out a square shape and keep going outward to form a cylinder shape. You should end up with six sections from top to bottom. After you get the outline down, sketch in the circles for the arched openings on the outside of the building.There is 11 on each level.
 
how to draw the leaning tower of pisa step 2

STEP 2.

Here is where you can see what to work on next. The ares that are outlines in blue tells you what the next thing to do is. This is how I am able to guide you through the steps. What I want you to do is individually sketch all the vertical lines throughout the structure. After you do this move to the top and sketch in the openings where the bell tower sits. After you complete this time consuming step you can move onto step 3 and start the detailing process.
 
how to draw the leaning tower of pisa step 3

STEP 3.

Here is where you will start detailing the tower of Pisa. Starting at the top sketch in all those little nooks and cranny's.Best thing to do is enlarge the image to see exactly what you need to do. After accomplishing that sketch in the definition on the tops of each arcade. Now when you get to the bottom sketch in the details that lay spread out along the base wall. After you do this you can move down to the next step.
 
how to draw the leaning tower of pisa step 4

STEP 4.

This is a short step to instruct you to do. At the top, always start at the top, draw the bars that wrap around the whole cylinder at the top and the tier below. At the top there is a flag that needs to be sketched in. Define and detail the entire sculpture and sketch in the rest of the details at the base of the tower. After you accomplish this you can go ahead and erase all the sketch marks and guidelines made in step 1.
 
how to draw the leaning tower of pisa step 5

STEP 5.

There you have it the leaning tower of Pisa. You did and awesome job and you really can't color it in. So if I where you I would just leave it as a sketch for the sketch book.