ISOMETRIC CIRCLES AND CYLINDERS V. Ryan © 2002  2010


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Drawing a basic isometric shape such as cube can be difficult the first time you attempt to draw it using a TSquare and 30 degree Set Square. However, after a few attempts the technique for drawing them can be mastered quite easily. On the other hand  isometric circles and cylinders are more difficult and drawing them requires practice. The sequence for drawing both is shown below: 

A CYLINDER DRAWN IN ISOMETRIC PROJECTION 

1. Draw the original circle with a compass and enclose it in a box. Add vertical and horizontal guidelines 

2. Number the vertical lines (these are called 'ordinate lines') as shown on the diagram opposite. 

3. Draw the grid in isometric using a 30 degree set square, being careful to use the same measurements as the original grid which surrounds the circle. 

4. To draw the circle in isometric projection simply measure each distance down each vertical line on the normal grid and transfer it to the isometric grid. On the diagrams opposite  distance 'x' on guideline 3 has been transferred to the isometric grid. This is repeated for each of the guidelines 1,2, and 4. 

5. Continue around the isometric circle 'plotting' transferring distances from the original grid to the isometric grid  until the circle is complete. 

PRODUCING A CYLINDER SHAPE IN ISOMETRIC 

6.
Having successfully drawn the isometric circle developing it further
to change it into a cylinder is relatively easy. Draw 30 degree guidelines out from the isometric circle as shown in the diagram 

7. Measure the distance representing the 'thickness' of the cylinder along each 30 degree guideline. Start drawing a curve through each of the points. 

8. Draw the curve through each of the points to produce the final cylinder shade. 

1. Draw an isometric
circle. The original circle has a diameter of 40mm 2. Draw a cylinder similar to the one shown above. The original circle has a diameter of 45mm and the cylinder thickness must be 30mm. 

