How to Draw a Backpack

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Is it back to school time where you live? Many children celebrate this time of year by "back to school shopping," receiving new clothing and school supplies. Often including among these is a handy backpack.

Backpacks - also called knapsacks, rucksacks, kitbags, bookbags, backsacks, or packs - are cloth bags or satchels with two straps that link over the shoulders.

Commonly associated with school children, backpacks are also utilized by hikers, military personnel, business people carrying laptops, and travelers. The recreation of backcountry hiking for long periods of time is often called backpacking.

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A few backpacks have even achieved a measure of fame. Dora the Explorer's Backpack is a character in her own right. She says, "Anything you might need, I've got inside for you," and supplies Dora with items she needs to complete her quests.

Most of the time, though, it is the other way around; many backpacks are printed with brightly colored cartoon characters. Some manufacturers sell "2-D" backpacks that look like something out of a cartoon.

Would you like to draw your own back to school backpack? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Backpack

How to Draw Backpack: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line. This will form the bottom of the backpack.

How to Draw Backpack: Step 2

2. Draw a long, arching curved line above the existing line, connecting to it on each corner. This outlines the front of the backpack.

How to Draw Backpack: Step 3

3. Draw another curved line from the top of the backpack to its bottom. This gives the backpack a three-dimensional appearance.

How to Draw Backpack: Step 4

4. Add details and stitching to your backpack. Draw a curved line parallel to the side of the backpack. Outline a pocket or pouch on the front using a curved line. The resulting shape should overlap the outline of the backpack, and sport loosely squared corners. Draw a curved line parallel to the side of this pocket, giving it depth. Then, draw a pair of curved lines to connect the pocket to the top of the backpack.


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How to Draw Backpack: Step 5

5. Embellish the front of the pocket with a pair of curved, horizontal lines. Enclose an irregular rounded shape near the top of the backpack, and draw a line across it. Use several curved lines to outline the handle on top of the backpack.

How to Draw Backpack: Step 6

6. Erase guide lines as necessary. Outline the shoulder straps using pairs of curved lines. Draw the buckle used to adjust strap length by placing one pointed teardrop shape within another.

How to Draw Backpack: Step 7

7. Draw a pair of short curved lines across the side of the backpack, and enclose a "U" shape beneath it. Draw a cross hatching pattern - diagonal lines crossing one another at perpendicular angles - within the shape to form a mesh water bottle holder.

How to Draw Backpack: Step 8

8. Draw school supplies in the foremost pocket. Enclose a rectangular shape to form a notebook, with small circles at the top indicating the spiral binding. Draw wavy lines across it to represent writing. Next to the notebook, enclose the rectangular and pointed shapes of a ruler and pencil. Draw curved lines across the pocket to form the bulges of additional school supplies.


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How to Draw Backpack: Step 9

9. Add the detail of zipper teeth along the seems by drawing small, straight lines across them. Draw a water bottle in the side pocket using a number of curved lines.

How to Draw Backpack: Step 10

10. Color your backpack. Backpacks can be found in every color imaginable, so feel free to be creative. Will yours be your favorite color, or will it match the official colors of your school?

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