How to Draw a Triangular Pyramid

By Kirk Maltbee
Drawing a triangular pyramid can be a lesson in drawing with perspective.

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, historians and tourists alike are mystified by how Egypt’s famed pyramids came to be. The perfectly sided triangular landmarks are considered by many an engineering marvel of the ancient world. When drawing your own rendition of a pyramid, essentially a basic triangle, creating visual interest by making the pyramid appear 3D can be an interesting art project in portraying perspectives.

Lay the ruler vertically in the center of your paper, then use either the left or right edge of the ruler as a guide to draw a perfectly straight line. Since this center line serves as the basis for one of the corners of the pyramid, draw the line according to how large you wish your final pyramid to be.

Hold the top of the ruler still as you turn the ruler slightly to the left to create a 45 degree angle. Draw a straight line down from the top of the ruler (the fixed point), stopping when the line is about ¾ the length of the center line. Repeat the process for the right side to create three lines.

Slide the ruler down to create an angle, drawing a straight line from the bottom point of the center line to the bottom point of the left line. Repeat for the right side to connect all three lines together and create a three-dimensional triangular pyramid. Trace your pyramid in black ink to make it stand out on the page.