How to Improve Your Simple Bicycle Drawings in 6 Steps
Do you want to find out how to draw a simple bicycle drawing? They’re very easy to do, and once you know how to do the basic bike picture, you can change up the design and add features to make it more complicated to fit your desires!
Once you get the basics down, you can take it even further!
The best benefit to having this skill is teaching it to your children, friends, your class (if you’re a teacher), or using it when making trail maps and such! It’s a very nice treat to be able to see your work and put it to use, or to help others learn a new skill.
Tools to Gather Up
Before we start with the process of an easy to draw a bike, let’s first gather up the materials we will need for our lesson!
The first item you are going to need is a pencil. For this, you can choose the basic wooden pencil or a mechanical pencil. Any pencil will do, but I find myself always going back to the basic wooden pencils.
I think the rustic feel of the wood helps connect us to the art were about to do, even if this is a simple bicycle drawing, it’s still art!
No matter the option you choose, make sure you can use a steady hand with it and keep it light. You don’t want a heavy pencil weighing your hand down or hurting you.
An eraser usually comes attached to your pencil, and those are fine to use, but if you’re like me, you prefer to use the white erasers. These are made for drawing, and they are easier to handle.
Whenever I try to erase with the mechanical pencil eraser, I click my lead up so far it falls out. The pink eraser on the wood pencil, well I guess I erase too hard because that thing just breaks right off.
I really like the white rectangle erasers because they leave no marks on your paper and erase without leaving a mess behind on your paper.
Of course, you need paper, unless you want to draw on the walls. Go ahead. I won’t tell your mom.
Paper. You can use lined paper, index cards, scrap paper, and computer paper. You can use any paper you want. I, myself, don’t like lined paper when I draw.
It’s a thing. You wouldn’t understand! Don’t make me get your mom!
Ahem. Paper, anything that you like (and are allowed) to draw on if fine. I find the clean, crisp, blank white paper soothing and calming for me to start drawing on.
A pen. This is for outlining. When you make the initial drawing in pencil, you’re going to have rough edges. This is natural in a drawing tutorial, and in the drawing process.
The pen allows you to create a thin, inked lined around the artwork you are proud of. Follow every line, every curve, and every circle to mark out your finish product.
Black ink pens are good to use, but I prefer using a felt pen. I find the felt liners tend to make a crisper line then the ballpoint pen or gel pen can.
This is optional. After I finish inking and erasing, I find myself wanting a thicker line. I always reach for my black sharpie marker to do the job. I like the marker points on the sharpie markers the best.
These create a nice thick line that really brings the work together. It makes the final product pop and come to life. I think that using a marker on the final piece makes all the difference in finished and unfinished work.
How to Simple Bicycle Drawings
Here we have arrived at out next destination: the process of easy bike drawing!
This process isn’t hard to do and takes no time at all, with each step there will be help right alongside you.
Remember, we’re drawing too! We are with you each step of the way!
1. First, The Height, Then the Wheels!
Make a rectangle about the length and the height you want the bike to be. In that rectangle, draw circles for the wheels, each one falling just in the lines on the opposite side of the rectangle.
You can make your wheels as simple or as detailed as you’d like to. Have an idea of where the frame will go first, or you’ll have to erase, I did.
At this point, you should have two wheels and an idea of how tall your bike is going to be, and about how wide.
2. What’s Your Frame Made From?
Can you guess what’s next? Yep! The frame! I’m choosing an aluminum frame. There’s no difference really, we’re all using pencils here… right?
So first start out with some guidelines of where you want the frame to be, how it’ll look, and the design of your bike. Make sure to draw the handlebar shaft, the seat shaft, the rods to conned those two, and the back wheel frame.
I totally left out the connecting rod that behind most chains, my bad.
3. Where Are the Parts?
Good question, I think our bike is a bit broken. Let’s fix it! In this next step, we’re going to add handlebars, a seat, and pedals.
Finish up the frame for the handlebars and seat post, then add in the handlebars and seat. Make a circle with a slightly smaller circle inside at the connection point of the frame, and the seat post come together.
Add in the pedals.
4. Finish the Frame and Extras
At this point, you’re ready to finish up the design of your frame. Add on the chain, chain guard (optional), spokes, rims, and anything else.
This is the point where you want to add any details to your bike to see how it looks before inking it. Play around, try out new things, and find what you like.
5. Inking and Erasing
This is the part where you go over all of the lines you want to keep permanently. Follow them in smooth strokes, careful not to bleed the pen or to move out of a line.
Take your time. This takes me about 10 minutes to do it carefully. You want to be thorough. You spent the time drawing your bike to your standards, ink it carefully.A
fter you finish inking, allow the ink to dry into the paper. The next step, one the ink is fully dry, is to erase all the pencil marks. Go over the entire drawing and erase all the pencil marks from the drawing.
Your drawing is complete if you don’t want a thicker or darker outline. If you do, proceed to step 6, if not, then:
6. Marker Outline (optional)
I see I congratulated you too soon. Let’s continue!Just take the marker and follow the pen lines, carefully. Markers bleed and create a fat line. Pick the marker that is right for your project and outline your drawing.
Carefully and thoroughly outline your bike.
Sign it and send it to me at:
…no? I can’t have it? Fine.
Congratulations on finishing, you can now do simple bicycle drawings!
A New Skill is Learned
You did it! You have taught yourself to draw a simple bicycle. Well, simple is saying it lightly, I’m sure the bike you drew fits you perfectly. You’re perfect!
I hope to see you posting your drawings all over the internet! I want them on your next trail ride posts, and I want to see them in your planned trips.
Show me pictures of you teaching someone else to draw! How cool would that be! I look forward to hearing from you!
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