How to Draw a Barn

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"Were you raised in a barn?"
- American idiom meaning "shut the door"

A barn is a classic farm building used for sheltering animals or items. Barn types may be named for their purpose; for example, a dairy barn is used for milking cows and a tobacco barn is used for drying tobacco after it is harvested. Others have specific names, like stable or shed.

Traditionally, the bottom portion of a barn housed animals and the top stored hay. Today, however, barns have been adapted to other purposes. Some are houses and others are used as rustic venues for events such as weddings.

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Are you country boys and girls ready to get down on the farm by drawing a cartoon barn? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, crayon, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also want something red to color it in classic style!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Lamb, Cartoon Goat, and Cartoon Cow.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Barn

How to Draw Barn: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing four straight lines, connected as if forming a pentagon with no bottom side. Then, draw a second set of four lines parallel to the first. Connect the outermost lines to one another using short, straight lines. This forms the front edge of the barn's roof.

How to Draw Barn: Step 2

2. Enclose a parallelogram along one of the upper line segments using three straight lines. This forms a portion of the roof.

How to Draw Barn: Step 3

3. Use two lines to enclose a rectangle between the parallelogram and the lower roof edge. Then, draw another straight line parallel to the bottom edge of the roof to give it a three-dimensional appearance.

How to Draw Barn: Step 4

4. Use three straight lines to enclose a rectangle under the side of the roof. This forms the broad side of the barn.

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How to Draw Barn: Step 5

5. Use two straight lines to connect the side of the barn to the opposite edge of the roof, enclosing the front side of the barn.

How to Draw Barn: Step 6

6. Draw three rectangles of different sizes along the broad side of the barn. These will become the barn's windows.

How to Draw Barn: Step 7

7. Draw two parallel, straight, horizontal lines between the eaves of the roof. This indicates the bottom of the loft, or the second story of the barn. Above these lines, draw a rectangle. Section the rectangle into three using straight lines. In the left and right rectangles, draw additional smaller rectangles, forming the shutters. Draw a line across the top of the central rectangle, forming the frame around the loft opening.

How to Draw Barn: Step 8

8. Draw a large vertical rectangle across the front of the barn. Outline the top and sides with parallel lines, framing the door. Then, draw a set of vertical parallel lines down the middle of the rectangle, dividing the door in two halves.

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How to Draw Barn: Step 9

9. Add the finishing touches to your barn. Draw parallel horizontal lines across the barn's door, dividing it once again. Then, use pairs of straight lines to draw "X" shapes across these lower doors and across the barn's windows.

How to Draw Barn: Step 10

Color your cartoon barn. Most barns are red, but some are black, green, or other colors.

Did you know? Red remains a traditional color for barns in honor of tradition. Before commercial paint was readily available, farmers sealed barn wood with a mixture of orange linseed oil and rust, which turned the mixture red. The oil protected the wood from the weather, and the rust helped stave off moss and fungi. When painting became available, many farmers stuck with this signature color.   Next, enhance your farm picture with animals such as cows, horses, pigs, and dogs, as well as scarecrows and tractors

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