How to Draw a 4D Hypercube (My Way)
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.
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.