I am interested in geometry and drawing. I enjoy creating drawing tutorials to help others explore their own skills.
A Tesseract Is a Four Dimensional Hypercube
If you're drawing a square on a flat sheet of paper, how many straight lines does it take? Four. If you're drawing a cube, how many squares (sides) does that take? Six. So if you're drawing a tesseract, how many cubes does that take? Eight!
In this article, I'm going to show you how to draw your very own tesseract! The lengths of the lines and the angles won't be exact, however, because I'm not using a ruler for this tutorial.
You'll begin by drawing an ordinary cube. After completing that, virtual instructions will walk you through the process of turning your regular cube into a hypercube!
First: How to Draw an Ordinary Cube
Step 1: Draw two lines of equal length, attempting to keep them an equal space apart, at slightly different heights.
Step 2: Connect the two lines as shown, creating what looks like a smooshed square, or a fat diamond that fell over.
Step 3: Draw four parallel lines stemming from each of the shape's four corners.
Step 4: Connect the ends of the two top lines, the ends of the two bottom lines, and then connect each bottom line with the line above.
Visual instructions for drawing the tesseract follow below:
And there you have it! A complete, two-dimensionally rendered tesseract, and only twenty-three steps later. I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial!
If you're interested to learn more about four-dimensional geometry, try getting your hands on a copy of Geometry, Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension by Rudolf v. B. Rucker, published in 1977.
How to Sketch Basic Geometric Shapes
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Tesseract Explained by Carl Sagan
Learn more about the 4th dimension with Carl Sagan. This clip is from the television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Sagan specifically discusses and explains the tesseract, or hypercube.
11th dimensional boy on February 22, 2019:
I made it with cardboard . Its just COOL.
Brogod on November 26, 2018:
ghfgefhjfjhhfh on September 26, 2018:
too hard to draw for me
Fourdimensional on November 17, 2017:
Rotation in four-dimensional space.
The 5-cell is an analog of the tetrahedron.
Tesseract is a four-dimensional hypercube - an analog of a cube.
The 16-cell is an analog of the octahedron.
The 24-cell is one of the regular polytope.
The hypersphere is an analog of the sphere.
jimmy on September 06, 2017:
The steps are a little difficult to memorize.
BlahBlah on April 01, 2017:
My Wrinkle in Time project will be much easier now. THX
Alex on May 05, 2015:
Hi! its me again i just found one little error. You know how you highlight your next line? Well, on Step 12 you highlighted the line you highlighted last step on step 11. I hope that wasn't too confusing! Thank you for your time!
Alex on May 05, 2015:
wow! thank you so much! i just love the looks of the 4D Hypercube! Its just so cool!