How to Draw Diners in 5 Steps


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Th­is ­diner promises good times an­d good food. Every detail of this building -- from­ the windows to the signage -- brings to mind the classic diners of the 1950s.

In this section, we'll show you how to draw this diner. You can draw it freehand while looking at your computer monitor, or you can print out this page to get a closer look at each step.

Here, we'll show you an illustration of each step and then give you a description of how to draw it. Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray. 

1. Perspective Lines

Use the exercise on perspective and vanishing points to establish the basic shape of the diner. 

2. Sketch the Structure

Sketch the shape of the windows, door, and side details using the rules on drawing lines that are parallel to the basic structure found in the introductory exercise. Add curl­y details to the roof as shown. 

3. Stairs and Door

Establish the sign over the diner and the stairs using the rules on vanishing points.

Draw the shape of the stairs using three lines that meet at the right-hand side. Add steps with straight lines. Separate the windows with straight single and double lines. Draw two rectangles for the glass in the door. Add odd-shaped figures for the pipes on the roof as shown. 

4. Sign and Decor

Print the name of the diner on the sign. Detail the roof with four curved lines and odd-shaped figures. Draw horizontal lines in the windows for the shades. Add a short vertical line ending in a blackened circle underneath. Detail the side and front with double lines.

Draw curves at the top and bottom of the door and two horizontal lines in the middle. Use straight vertical and horizontal lines for the banister. Add a line parallel with the bottom of the front of the building for the parking lot. Extend parallel straight lines for the parking spaces. 

5. Details

Shade the pipes on the roof with diagonal lines. Add grillwork to the windows with intersecting vertical and horizontal lines. Finish the banister with vertical lines. Add blackened lines to the sign and parking spots for shading.

Your drawing is finished! Even if you don't get it right the first time, keep practicing until you're happy with your drawing.

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