In this video, I break down the essential shapes that go to make up a passenger aircraft in easy, step by step stages, so you can draw or design your own airliner in flight, in 3D.
I show how planes are made of sections of cylinders and how they are drawn with ellipses.
To learn more about ellipses, see this video in my “Everyone Can Draw” free course. Follow the simple, step by step instructions, and you will be able to draw most modern airliners, as they are all built to pretty much the same plan.
When I visited Watermore Primary school near Bristol, one class asked me to draw a Spitfire – they are studying WW2. I did my best from memory, but I promised I’d do some work on it and do a lesson for them, so here it is.
I drew out copies of plans of the aircraft to get the shape set in my head, then worked out where the centre lines were and which parts related to other parts. It’s a complicated drawing so I didn’t have time to do an ink version.