Drawing can be a good way to relax and meditate. I believe anyone can draw anything however, it depends on how much they can practice it. If you want to improve your drawing skills, then just practice. How to draw a church is not necessarily a simple one-way approach as there are various architectural designs of churches in general, however, I have used a more common building structure you will mostly encounter all over the world.

Drawing is a way of replicating a reference, or an idea using tools, and materials. In this article, I will specifically talk about drawing with pencils on cardboard however, these steps are very much applicable when using other materials in a drawing. Easy step-by-step action on how to draw a church.

This article is probably not for beginners. I hope you find it really handy.

1. Identify your reference

Select a church you would like to draw by taking a picture or sitting right in front of it. You should select a very good angle as it would reflect in your drawing how good your reference is. I will be using Szent Mihaly church as a reference for my drawing in this article. I chose a suitable angle that has a tree on both sides.

2. Prepare your materials

I will be drawing on a 59 by 84cm cardboard, well clip on my wooden board. I will draw in landscape format with well-sharpened pencils ranging from HB to 10B

3. Create borderlines

Create a rectangular line that will serve as the area you want your drawing in. It will guide you while you draw.

Border lines

4. Draw simple sketches using shapes

Represent the overall reference with shapes. You must break everything down into different shapes to make it easier to understand. Be fluid and free in doing this. Use your lightest pencil to draw at this stage. It will boost your expressive confidence.

5. Light shading

Having drawn several shapes, shade all dark areas of the church lightly. Determine where the light areas of the drawing are and shade the dark areas. This step is like laying a strong foundation in a building. How well you do this will be reflected in your finished drawing.

6. Start detailing

The next step is to start detailing. Detailing means increasing the tones of your shade in dark areas and light areas. Just as shown in the pictures, I began to shade the windows in the light areas, the design of the building, and even the tree in the darkest area of the reference.

7. Define your dark areas

Make your dark areas more distinctive. It gives life to your drawing. Let there be a huge difference between your light and dark areas however, retain the forms of everything in your drawing while doing this.

8. Detail your light areas

The same way you have done with the dark areas, do with the light areas. Erase all unwanted strokes and carefully shade the forms and lines of this area.

9. Finishing

Make overall adjustments to the work. Erase unwanted strokes, create highlights, and make the drawing look as real as you can.

You can watch a video of this process on my youtube channel.


This process works for many landscape drawings and with practice, this will guide you to draw more freely and accurately. Thank you for reading through the steps I used to achieve this drawing.