Isometric drawing: a designer's guide

(Image credit: Jing Zhang)

Wondering how to do Isometric drawing? Sometimes called isometric projection, this type of 2D drawing is used to draw 3D objects using 30-degree angles. It's also a type of axonometric drawing, meaning that the same scale is used for every axis, resulting in a non-distorted image. Since isometric grids are pretty easy to set up, once you understand the basics of isometric drawing, creating a freehand isometric sketch is relatively simple.

Below we explain what isometric drawing is and how to make isometric drawings of your own, starting by making an isometric cube. We'll also look at how isometric drawing differs from one-point perspective, and what it's use for, with some example illustrations. If you want to work digitally and need to upgrade your setup, make sure you see our pick of the best drawing tablets.

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Sorcha O'Higgins is a collage artist and freelance writer. With a background in architecture and urban art, she works mostly with existing analogue material to create both abstract and figurative work. Her collages use bold colours, patterns and contrasting elements to create playful, direct and sometimes brazen images.
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