How to Draw a Bridge

Easy, step by step Bridge drawing tutorial
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"London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady."
- "London Bridge," traditional English nursery rhyme, 1600s

A bridge " is a structure built to span a physical obstacle, such as a body of water, valley, or road, without closing the way underneath." The type of bridge in our drawing guide is an arch bridge spanning a river. The curved platform helps it to carry the weight that travels across it.

Bridges have a very long history. The first bridges were likely stepping stones, or trees that fell across an opening or body of water. The oldest arch bridge still in existence is located in Greece, and dates from the thirteenth century B.C. Six hundred year old bridges still exist in England.

Not surprisingly, bridges also feature in nursery rhymes and fairy tales such as Three Billy Goats Gruff, in which the animals must outsmart a troll in order to cross the bridge.

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Today, modern materials and engineering allow for the creation of massive bridges. China's Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, for example, is 114 kilometers (70.8 miles) long. Some bridges, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge, are recognizable landmarks.

Others - such as glass-bottomed bridges across the Grand Canyon or between mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee - are meant to entertain tourists.

Would you like to draw a fanciful cartoon bridge? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished picture.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: River, Camping Scene, and Impossible Stairs.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bridge

Bridge drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Bridge Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a curved rectangle using four curved lines. This gives the bridge a three-dimensional appearance.

Bridge drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Bridge Step 02

2. Draw the first post for the bridge's railing, erasing as necessary. Draw two straight, parallel lines at the near corner of the bridge. Connect them at the bottom with a "V" shaped line. Then, draw a curved line parallel to the side of the bridge. Attach it to the post using a short curved line.

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Bridge drawing - step 3
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3. Draw the post on the opposite end of the bridge. Again, draw two straight, parallel lines. Connect them at the bottom with a "V" shaped line. Then, enclose the top of each post with a circle.

Bridge drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Bridge Step 04

4. Draw two parallel curved lines between the two posts, forming the top of the handrail. Then, draw two sets of straight, parallel lines from the bottom of the bridge to the handrail. Connect each set using a short straight line. Erase as necessary.

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How to Draw a Bridge Step 05

5. Draw the posts on the remaining corners of the bridge. Outline the posts using straight, parallel lines, and connect them at the top by drawing a circle.

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6. Draw a set of curved parallel lines between the posts, forming the handrail. Draw two sets of straight parallel lines between the top of the bridge and the handrail. Then, begin drawing the river or stream usings a curved line.

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How to Draw a Bridge Step 07

7. Continue to draw the river using curved lines. In the distance, the lines should converge at a point to indicate the riverbend disappearing behind a hill.

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How to Draw a Bridge Step 08

8. Draw overlapping curved lines on the horizon to form rolling hills. Use a series of curved lines to draw low-hanging clouds.

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How to Draw a Bridge Step 09

9. Draw additional clouds on the horizon using a series of curved lines.

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How to Draw a Bridge Step 10

Color your cartoon bridge. A wooden bridge like this one might be brown, or painted any color you may choose.

Where does this bridge lead? To a castle or a cottage? The choice is yours.

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