I can draw the cylinder:



  \node [cylinder, black, rotate=180, draw,
    minimum height=5cm, minimum width=2cm] (c) {};  

But, I can't even draw a chessboard in the lateral area of cylinder, as in the following figure enter image description here

  • 1
    Sidenote: In case you are making this for something actually related to chess: Keep in mind that the board is 8x8. Feb 2, 2015 at 16:02
  • @DennisJaheruddin There are variations...
    – cfr
    Feb 2, 2015 at 17:05

2 Answers 2


The following solution uses the plot command to draw the curved lines. The chessboard like fields are created by drawing each second stripe in horizontal and vertical direction and the even odd rule for filling.


    z={(2.5mm, 0)},
      (\CylinderLength, \CylinderRadius) 
      -- plot[domain=90:270, smooth, variable=\t]
         (0, {\CylinderRadius*sin(\t)}, {\CylinderRadius*cos(\t)})
      -- ++(\CylinderLength, 0) 
      plot[domain=0:360, smooth cycle, variable=\t]
      (\CylinderLength, {\CylinderRadius*sin(\t)}, {\CylinderRadius*cos(\t)})
    \fill[black, even odd rule]
      % Vertical stripes
      \foreach \x in {2, 4, ..., \VerticalStripes} { 
        plot[domain=90:270, smooth, variable=\t] 
          {\CylinderRadius*sin(\t)}, {\CylinderRadius*cos(\t)})  
        -- ++(\CylinderLength/\VerticalStripes, 0)
        -- plot[domain=90:270, smooth, variable=\t]  
             {\CylinderRadius*sin(-\t)}, {\CylinderRadius*cos(-\t)})
        -- cycle
      % Horizontal stripes
      \foreach \y in {2, 4, ..., \HorizontalStripes} {
             smooth, variable=\t]
        (0, {\CylinderRadius*sin(\t)}, {\CylinderRadius*cos(\t)})
        -- ++(\CylinderLength, 0)
        -- plot[domain=-90-\y*\HorizontalStripeAngle:
                smooth, variable=\t]
           (\CylinderLength, {\CylinderRadius*sin(-\t)},
        -- cycle


Remark to the comments, that a semicolon is missing. I cannot reproduce this error message with the versions posted below. The \fill command contains two \foreach loops, for the horizontal and vertical stripes, otherwise the trick with the even odd rule would not work. Thus the semicolon for the \fill command is on line 49 right before the closing \end{tikzpicture}.

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  • Heiko Oberdiek, Was very beautiful. But, when I compile, has an error on line 34: Package tikz Error: Giving up on this path. Did you forget a semicolon?.See the tikz package documentation for explanation.Type H <return> for immediate help.... }
    – benedito
    Feb 2, 2015 at 15:09
  • @benedito I just copied and pasted the example and it worked fine. I am using TikZ 3.0.0. Feb 2, 2015 at 15:39
  • I get the same error, "! Package tikz Error: Giving up on this path. Did you forget a semicolon?" on l.34 }
    – Pål GD
    Feb 2, 2015 at 17:42
  • @PålGD It's working fine for me, which TikZ version you are using? Feb 2, 2015 at 18:07
  • @PàlGD, I am using version 3. 0, which I updated today, using Miktex Package Manager
    – benedito
    Feb 2, 2015 at 18:52

Run with xelatex or latex->dvips->ps2pdf


\psset{Decran=15,viewpoint=20 -60 0 rtp2xyz}
\pstVerb{ /ELEMENT 0 store }
\psSolid[object=cylindrecreux,h=5,r=1.5,RotY=90,ngrid=11 15,
  fcol= 0 2 165 { (black) } for ]% for loop with step 2

enter image description here

And the same for a 8x8 chessboard :


\psset{Decran=15,viewpoint=20 -60 0 rtp2xyz}
\pstVerb{ /Element 0 store }
\psSolid[object=cylindrecreux,h=8,r=1.5,RotY=90,ngrid=8 8,
  fcol= 32 {
    Element (black) /Element Element 2 add store    
    Element 8 mod 0 eq 
      { /Element Element 1 add store } 
      { Element 8 mod 1 eq { /Element Element 1 sub store } if } ifelse } repeat

enter image description here

  • Herbet- How do I change the number of square (home of the Board), for example, to 8 for 8 (usual chessboard)?
    – benedito
    Feb 3, 2015 at 18:18
  • ngrid= 8 8. But then you have to modify the color setting, you'll get the number of the faces with num=all
    – user2478
    Feb 3, 2015 at 18:50
  • Heiko Oberdiek- I haven't given up. I really like your drawing that I'm still trying to get it here.
    – benedito
    Feb 7, 2015 at 10:33

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