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Exploring Roof Shapes with Multiview Drawings

I find that I learn more about a subject when I take time to draw it.  Drawing these three multiview house structures, helped me understand how different  roof shapes fit onto the building.  In a multiview drawings, the top shape, the front shape and side shape are arranged so each view has points and dimensions that can be transferred from one view to the next.  These drawing provide an understand of how each part works together in a three dimensional structure.

The first drawing I started with has a simple hip roof. Notice how the sloped areas come together in the center.  The next is more complicated with a side gable roof and a smaller addition that has a hip roof. There are also two roof dormers and a small covered front door.

In the third drawing there is a combination of a front gable,  side gable roof along with a front porch slope roof.

This was a great way for me to better understand about different roof styles and how they fit together. Want to see how a multiview drawing is done?  Check out my video on Demonstration of Multiview Drawing


  1. This is like a flashback to high school drafting.

  2. Marina says:

    I enjoyed reading this post and looking at the drawings. Especially because they are more detailed than the ones we did in class. If you don’t mind, I will do a page or two of these in our Journal.

  3. Nicole Kowsh says:

    These multi-views are awesome. I enjoy doing them in class.

  4. Katey Pasco says:

    Of courseyou know I am going to say — I love multi-wiew drawings. I feel as if this is a great way to draft an exterior or piece of furniture and really get a feel for the structure and can adjust the design to fit the function or ambience that you are wanting to achieve. Thanks!

  5. Melissa Stevens says:

    Multi-view drawings are fun to do. The roof drawings, especially the last one, was a challange. I understand the process a little better each time we practice them in class. Thank goodness for guidelines, my tools and a patient professor.

  6. Samantha C says:

    I picked this post because I thought since I am about to draw a muilt-view drawing it will be great to read more about it and learn as much as i can so i can draw the best drawing. And from what i learned and read i think i have a good understanding on what i need to do.

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