How to Draw a Roof Easily! The surprisingly deep world of roofs!

I am Ari, a Concept Artists.

In this article, we will introduce “How to Draw Roofs Easily” and “Types of Roofs”.

By knowing this method, you will be able to draw the roof of a house in two-point perspective.

The equipment and apps used in this article are iPad and Procreate; please try Adobe Photoshop, CLIP STUDIO PAINT, and other apps as well, as you can also draw by applying the concept.

If you are unsure which illustration app to use, please refer to this page. Here is a summary of recommended apps.

​​Introducing recommended iPad illustration apps by feature! Procreate │ CLIP STUDIO PAINT │ Adobe Fresco

The video provides detailed explanations. If you want to check it out thoroughly, please click here.


How to draw a simple roof

Draw a guide for 2-point perspective and a house

Set the eye level and VP2 and draw the house.

Center the roof.

Center the roof using the diagonal division method. For a detailed explanation of the division method, please refer to this page.

How to draw evenly distributed environmental art such as tree-lined avenues [Method of division and multiplication].

Drawing a roof

You can draw a roof by determining the height of the roof and drawing a line from there.

Draw a line from the apex of the roof and each point to the vanishing point, and also draw the roof on the far side.

Your roofed house is complete!

After erasing the unnecessary lines, you are done.

How does the roof perspective work?

The same principle as with the slope, but the lines of each roof converge at VP3 on the auxiliary line.

[1-point perspective application] Introducing how to draw a slope.

The lower part is converging like this.

Knowing this vanishing point principle, you can draw a roof with a flat ceiling and other deformed roofs. It can also be used when drawing a slope.

The house I drew earlier is an illustration seen from above, but this one is looking up from below.

Types of Roofs and Materials

We have introduced a simple way to draw a roof, which is currently in the form of a simple block.

To make this more realistic, it is good to know about the different types of roofs.

Gable roof

The typical roof as often depicted in pictures is called a ‘gable roof. On the right is a more realistic illustration.

The horizontal part at the top of the roof is called the ‘mune’ and the gable end of the roof is called the ‘gable’.

It is okay if you just remember that each of these parts is like this.

Hipped roof

A hipped roof has a roof surface that slopes in four directions.

Slate roof

Slate roofs are often seen in Japan and are made from slate or cement. It has a stone-like appearance, so when you paint it, it is best to use a brush with a rough texture to evoke this image.

Iriomoya Roof

This is one of the traditional roof styles in East Asia. It looks like a combination of a gabled roof and a hipped roof. Houses that look like mansions in the countryside may have this type of roof.

Each part of the roof is also given a name, such as “Sumimune” or “Yosemune”.

Detailed Explanation Video

The video shows a detailed explanation with drawings. If you want to check it thoroughly, please click here.


In this article, we have introduced “How to draw an easy roof” and “Types of roofs”.

If you can learn even a little bit about the types of roofs, I think you will be able to broaden the scope of your illustration work, so please try a little at a time and draw various illustrations.

Thank you for watching until the end.

See you again in my next post!