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How to Draw a Windmill

Learn how to draw a windmill, which have been included in many a Danish landscape painting for centuries.

How to Draw a Windmill
How to Draw a Windmill

Their job was to use wind energy to turn any raw material that needed pounding into a tradeable product. They also pumped water out of the ground to make it more useful for farming.

This tutorial breaks their unusual shape into 12 easy steps, which will help any student first draw a symmetrical base, and then add the rotating blades. Students looking to add even more detail, can find some places to add shadows, or lots of colorful flowers.


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Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Windmill

  1. Make guidelines. Draw a rectangle.

  2. Add a dome shape on top.

  3. Start walls with curved lines.

  4. Add two longer curved lines.

  5. Connect the bottom with straight lines.

  6. Draw a circle in the dome.

  7. Draw a large skinny X.

  8. Add a rectangle to each.

  9. Add lines inside each panel.

  10. Draw windows and door inside the building.

  11. Add a horizon line and landscaping.

  12. Trace with a marker and color.

2 Responses

  1. gloabramovitz

    Awwww, man! I wish I had seen this last year when I introduced Rembrandt, since he was Dutch.

  2. proart by satyam


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