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How do you draw a scroll?

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To draw a scroll, you draw the curved sides, then add the top and bottom, curled lines and additional details. You need an illustration program and prior knowledge of how to shade objects. A tablet will be very helpful for this project, but isn't necessary.

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  1. Draw scroll's basic shape

    Use a pencil tool to draw a long s-shaped curve. Duplicate the curve and move it an appropriate distance away from the first one. Scale the duplicate curve down just a little to accommodate for the shape of the scroll. Connect the bottom edges of the curve with a straight line. Connect the top edges with a straight line with a slight curve.

  2. Add the curls

    One side of the scroll will be closer to the viewer. Add a curl to the top and bottom corners of the side that will be closer to the viewer. The top curl should curl under, and the bottom curl should curl over.

  3. Add front and back bends

    Draw a straight line with a slight curve connecting the lowest point of the top curl to the closest side curve of the scroll. Draw another straight line with a slight curve connecting the end of the top curl to the closest side curve of the of the scroll. Draw a straight line with a slight curve across the bottom of the scroll from the highest point of the bottom curl to directly beneath the widest point of the side curve. Connect the free end of that line to the bottom corner of the base shape with an appropriate curve.

  4. Color and shade the scroll

    Shade the scroll in flat colors, darken the outline, then shade according to where the light is coming from. Use a triangular shape to remove small sections from the sides of the scroll, then add additional effects like treasure, paths and magnifying glasses.

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