People make a lot of things. Look around you. You are probably inside a house or another type of building right now. People made that. They also made the phone or computer you're using to view this website.
People made the paper, pencils, erasers, markers, and crayons you use to draw. And your drawings, too, are man-made creations.
Below, you will find step-by-step drawing guides you can use to sketch many of these man-made objects.
Sometimes, the object may be the focus of your drawing. At other times, it may be in the background or set the scene for your characters.
In each tutorial, simple lines and shapes will be added in each step. Even if you are a beginner, you will be able to easily follow along. New additions are always highlighted in blue.
Sometimes, you may need to use your eraser to remove lines you drew in a previous step. Don't worry! Those old lines are often used as guides to help you place subsequent lines and shapes.
Challenge: How many of the following objects can you fit into a single picture? Can you use them to tell a story?
Let your imagination run wild. Your drawing is a world of your own creation, and it can contain whatever man-made objects you wish to place there.
51 Easy Man-Made Things to Draw
Have a seat on this easy 3-D park bench. You can set the scene for a day at the park, a tour of the zoo, or a walk down city streets.
Easy Cartoon Space Rocket
Your drawing skills can be out of this world! People have been making large rockets for almost 100 years, and people began flying to space in rockets more than 50 years ago.
Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are a traditional sweet pastry eaten on certain holidays. Can you fill a bakery with these treats?
A simple house is often one of the first things kids learn how to draw, making this a great drawing guide for beginners. After you complete the house, can you embellish it with other items from this list?
If you can draw a circle, you can draw this sphere. You’ll add lines and shading that trick the eye into perceiving it as a three-dimensional image. Then, what other object will your sphere become? A globe? A crystal ball?
Grilling out is fun! Decorate your next cookout or make some invitations by drawing this barbeque grill. You can almost smell those steaks sizzling!
What are your favorite shoe brands? If you like stylish Vans, you will love this easy shoe drawing tutorial.
Rub-a-dub-dub, who’s in the tub? Grab your rubber ducky and get ready for this bathtime drawing guide. You will also find a bubble bath below.
This sailboat can sail the high seas, or it can be a model or toy floating in the bathtub above. Which will you choose to draw?
This banner is one of the most versatile drawings you can learn to make. Change its length to fit whatever message you need. Put it on a card, hang it on your simple house drawing, or use it to label your other objects.
A knight in shining armor is one of the most enduring images in popular culture. Whether this helmet belongs to Prince Charming or a rusty suit of armor in a creepy old house, the choice is yours.
Laughing Emoji with Hands
People have been creating yellow smiley faces since at least the 1950s, and we began using emojis in emails and text messages in 1997. Learn to draw one, and you can include it on every card you send or note you write.
Barbed Wire Heart
Barbed wire is designed to help keep large animals inside a fence. For this reason, it is reminiscent of cowboys and farms. Sometimes, it is also associated with human oppression.
Ho, ho, ho! Santa’s distinctive red stocking cap with white fur trim dates back to the 1880s. Do you wear a Santa hat around the holidays? If it's cold outside, you can draw one on each of your characters.
Since its release by Steve Jobs in 2007, the iPhone has become a technology icon with a loyal fan following. You can draw your very own smartphone and fill its screen with whatever interests you.
Backyard bird feeders help people feel connected to the natural world outside their windows. Can you identify the birds that come to your feeder? Why not keep a sketchbook of your observations?
Happy New Year Card
Did you know? Not everyone celebrates the New Year at the same time. In many parts of the world, New Year’s Day falls on January 1. Chinese New Year typically lasts the first 15 days of each year, the Islamic New Year occurs in the late summer, Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year in the autumn, and the Tamil New Year in April.
Do you like to battle with Beyblades? Draw up the most powerful Beyblade you can, then let it rip!
Want to put on a puppet show? You can do so with this marionette puppet. Can you tell the story of Pinnochio, the marionette who wanted to be a real boy?
Gargoyles are grotesque statues placed on buildings that have been used since ancient times to scare off evil spirits. Gargoyles often have scary faces and bat-like wings.
It’s time to relax! Draw a warm bath and put in some bubble bath. Don't let the suds overflow!
Tennis Racket and Ball
It’s time for some outdoor fun! Grab your tennis racket and tennis ball and hit the courts.
Would you like to see more sustainable energy used? Illustrate your school report or raise awareness for protecting the environment.
Fore! Grab your golf club and take a swing at this drawing tutorial. It’s tee time!
Lots of anime cartoons and science fiction stories depict humans piloting robotic mecha suits. Did you know that real-life mech suits are in development? Design yours with the help of this drawing guide.
Car Front View
Label your Driver’s Ed notebook, create a personified car character, or add this everyday sedan to your next comic book scene.
Easy Cartoon Scarecrow
Scarecrows are a symbol of fall. Sometimes they are scary, but often they are smiling like this one. If he only had a brain...
While it is true that some explosions happen naturally, most are man-made. Can you use this explosion to blow up one of the other objects in this list?
Do you have a screwdriver in your family’s toolbox or tool bag? Label your tool chest with the help of this drawing guide.
National Siblings Day Poster
People love creating holidays and other special days. National Siblings Day, celebrated in North America on April 10, is one of them. Make a poster to let your brothers and sisters know you care.
From ancient times, people have created artwork. Often, this included animals they encountered in daily life or highly respected creatures from afar. When the artwork is emblazoned on human skin, it becomes a tattoo like this one.
Blood Donor Day Poster
World Blood Donor Day is held on June 14 each year. It is one of 11 World Health Organization (WHO) global health campaigns. The others include World AIDS Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, World Chagas Disease Day, World Health Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Patient Safety Day, and World Tuberculosis Day.
These Chinese guardian lions are linked to Chinese Buddhism. The presence of these statues was thought to ward off evil spirits.
Picasso was considered one of the greatest artists of all time, and his works have inspired many subsequent artists. Learn how to draw a face in his characteristic abstract style.
World Health Day Illustration
World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7. Each year, it draws attention to major health issues around the world with the goal of making life better for people.
Candles have been used for centuries to provide light at night or in dark interior spaces. Do you light a candle when the power goes out?
The ukelele is a small guitar often associated with Hawaiian music. Can you learn to play your favorite song on its four strings?
“Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair,” says an old folk song. Use this flower crown for a special occasion or just for fun.
Earth Hour Illustration
Could you live without electricity for just one hour? Earth Hour is held between 8 and 9 pm on the last Saturday of March. When you turn off the lights and other devices for Earth Hour, you help reduce electricity usage and show your commitment to protecting the environment.
In outer space, there is no air to breathe. If you want to take a spacewalk or set foot on a strange new world, you’ll need a sturdy helmet like this one.
Balloon animals are made by inflating and twisting long, narrow balloons. Can you invite this fun balloon dog to your next party?
Libraries are a great place to pass the time. You can go on great adventures and learn new things from the books you'll find there. Shh! Don’t forget to whisper.
Your favorite canine needs a dog house to stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and dry when it rains. Don’t forget his water dish and the cute dog bone label.
Earth Day Card
Show some love for our planet! Earth is unique, and it is the only home we have. Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22.
Rubber boots are fun and convenient - even necessary - for keeping your feet clean and dry when you play in a mud puddle, go fishing, or work on the farm.
Many people decorate their bodies using tattoos. This tattoo is of a rose, often used to symbolize love or the memory of someone who has died.
Delicious sweets are one of the most amazing things that humans make! Have a great, big slice of this chocolate cake with a cherry on top.
Do you like to listen to music while you draw? Many people do. You can check out the smooth sounds of this saxophone, a favorite of jazz musicians.
C-3PO from Star Wars
Droids and robots are smart man-made machines. C-3P0 lives in a fictional galaxy far, far away, but androids and other robots are increasingly common in real life. They often do difficult or tedious jobs so people won't have to.
Do you ever feel lost? A compass can help you find your way. This compass rose has the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west.
A mansion is a very large house. Tip: if you’re a beginner, try drawing the simple house above and then graduate to this detailed mansion. Maybe the small and large houses even share the same neighborhood!