Course curriculum

    1. Learning to Shade Pratice 1

    2. Ways to Shade Practice 2

    3. Sketchbook simple landscape for practice

    4. Drawing and Shading An Apple With a Pencil

    5. Drawing and Shading an Apple with a Pen.

    1. Step 1 How to Draw a 3-D Three Layered Cake Outline

    2. Step 2 How to Draw a 3-D Three Layered Cake Pencil Drawing

    3. Transfer your drawing to another piece of paper

    1. Part 1 Drawing A Cake with Color Pencils

    2. Part 2 - 3 Layered Cake Coloring with Pencil

    1. Part 1 - How to Paint 3-D Layered Cake With Watercolor

    2. Part 2 - How to Paint a 3-D Cake with Watercolor

About this course

  • $47.00
  • 17 lessons
  • 4.5 hours of video content

How to Draw 3-D Shapes & Forms

Intermediate - Learning Form, Shading, and how to draw 3 dimensional shapes

Drawing three-dimensional (3D) shapes involves creating the illusion of depth on a flat surface.

In this class, we will look at the video on how light hits an apple and creates a shadow. Then, we will learn how to draw and color objects so that each object looks three-dimensional, even though it’s on a two-dimensional piece of paper. 

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you draw basic 3D shapes:

1. Understand Basic Shapes:

  • Start with basic 2D shapes, like squares, circles, rectangles, or triangles. Familiarize yourself with drawing these shapes accurately.

2. Add Depth with Perspective:

  • Understand the concept of perspective. In one-point perspective, all lines converge to a single point on the horizon. In two-point perspective, two vanishing points are used.

3. One-Point Perspective Cube:

  • Let's start with a simple cube using one-point perspective:

  • Draw a square as the front face of the cube.

  • Choose a vanishing point on the horizon line.

  • Draw lines from each corner of the square to the vanishing point.

4. Two-Point Perspective Cube:

  • For a cube in two-point perspective:

  • Draw a vertical line for one corner of the cube.

  • Add two vanishing points on the horizon line.

  • Draw lines from the top and bottom of the vertical line to each vanishing point.

5. Cylinder:

  • Draw an ellipse for the top or bottom of the cylinder.
  • Connect the corresponding points on the ellipse with straight lines to create the sides.
  • Add shading to enhance the 3D effect.

6. Sphere:

  • Draw a perfect circle as the base of the sphere.
  • Add shading to give it a rounded appearance.
  • Consider where the light source is and shade accordingly.

7. Pyramid:

  • Start with a square as the base of the pyramid.
  • Draw lines from each corner of the square to a single point at the top.

8. Practice with Objects:

  • Choose everyday objects with simple shapes (e.g., a box, a can, or a book).
  • Observe how light interacts with the surfaces and replicate it in your drawing.

9. Use Value and Shading:

  • Create depth by adding shading. Understand how light and shadow play on the surfaces of your 3D shapes.

10. Experiment and Refine:

  • Don't be afraid to experiment with different shapes and perspectives. Practice regularly to refine your skills.


  • Pay attention to the size and spacing of objects as they recede into the distance.
  • Consistency in your chosen perspective is key for a realistic look.
  • Use guidelines lightly and erase them as needed.

Remember, practice is essential for mastering the art of drawing 3D shapes. As you become more comfortable, you can tackle more complex forms and scenes.

Learning objectives 

Learn to create three-dimensional shapes on a two-dimensional piece of paper. 

Learn how to create gradations with a pencil.

Learn how to create a cylinder, a three-dimensional ball, a sphere, and a box.

Learn how to draw a three-dimensional three layered cake 

Learn how to create shadows on the three-dimensional cake 

Learn how to make the same three-dimensional cake with watercolor paint.


•   Sketchbook or paper to practice

•   Pencils and erasers

•   Black pen or markers with thin and thick tip for practice

•   Good Drawing or Mixed Media Paper for color pencils

•   Color pencils 

(I prefer Prismacolor Colored Pencils | Premier Soft Core Pencils, Assorted, 72 Count  )

•   9” X 12” 140 lb. watercolor paper

•   Watercolor paint

•   Set of brushes for watercolor + a very small brush

•   Water container and lots of paper towels

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Karen Barge

Hi, I'm Miss Karen
Karen Barge is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. Karen received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of North Texas and went back to school to get a degree in Computer Graphics in Multimedia a few years later. In 1992, Karen pursued a career in California as a graphic designer in the video game industry. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 9 years. After that she ran her own graphic design corporation for 6 years.
Along the way, she taught a variety of art classes for ages 4 to 85. She created her own curriculum for classes at the Vista Art Foundation’s Gallery 204 and held teaching positions at several Montessori and Catholic schools. Karen has taught kids classes and camps, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting.

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“This class exceeded my expectations! Karen is very clear and guides you step-by-step in the creative process! It makes it easy to follow her instructions. Both my 6 year old boy and my 9 year old girl loved the crazy paint class. They keep creating more and more pictures. Great job Karen and Thank you.”

-Marco S. (Father)

“What a great lesson, what else can I say. Good and very useful examples, nice tips that you can apply right away. Enthusiastic and clearly explained. Thanks again for this lesson. My whole class loved this project.”

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“Mss Karen is so creative and helps us be more creative than most teachers. She helped me take a simple project like the sun line lesson and make it so much more interesting. ”

Kayla E. (Age 14)

“Mrs. Barge is my favorite teacher. I have taken every one of her summer and winter camps. She is now teaching me how to paint acrylic on canvas. My mom says we have run out of room for my art. We are going to have to buy another house.”

Ashley S. (Age 8)

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“As a beginner artist, I truly appreciated your “ease” in your demeanor: you are very approachable, Karen, and easy to be with. Your projects have a positive aura, confident yet not intimating which allows a pleasant environment to create art! I loved your video workshops … I also loved the Christmas Paint Party”

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