How to Draw a Camping Scene

Easy, step by step Camping Scene drawing tutorial
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Camping is a "recreational activity in which participants take up temporary residence in the outdoors." Camping first took a recreational turn around 1908, with the publication of The Camper's Handbook.

Prior to this time, nomadic life in tents was a lifestyle necessity rather than a type of vacation. Throughout history, various peoples have resided in tents. Tents, in turn, have been used for "a wide variety of purposes, including recreation, exploration, military encampment, and public gatherings such as circuses, religious services, theatrical performances, and exhibitions of plants or livestock."

A modern camping trend is known as "glamping." Glampers like to bring all the comforts of home when they go camping. This often includes personalizing their campers and bringing amenities like cable television sets.

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Camping is included in the storyline of many elements of popular culture. During the 1980s and 1990s, the theme of "summer camp" was common in entertainment. Examples include the Nickelodeon comedy series Salute your Shorts and the film Ernest Goes to Camp. The Animal Crossing video game franchise has more recently brought camping into the limelight.

Would you like to draw a cartoon camping scene? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Tent, Cartoon Forest, and Lake.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Camping Scene

Camping Scene drawing - step 1
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 1

1. Begin drawing your tent. Use five curved lines of various lengths to enclose an irregular pentagon. Then, draw a curved line passing behind the tent to indicate the horizon line.

Camping Scene drawing - step 2
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 2

2. Detail the tent. Draw a curved line between two of the corners, outlining the front of the tent. Draw a narrow curved triangle to indicate the opening. Then, use curved lines to enclose a rounded triangle shape on each side of the opening. Draw a circle on each to indicate the button that holds the flaps open. Draw a curved line from each of the corners of the tent to form the ropes that hold it in place. Enclose the rounded "L" shape of a tent pin at the end of one rope.

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Camping Scene drawing - step 3
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 3

3. Enclose a chain of irregular rounded shapes, forming the stones that contain the campfire.

Camping Scene drawing - step 4
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 4

4. Use curved lines to enclose two rounded rectangular shapes, one partially hidden by the other. These are the logs on the fire. Use curved lines to define the circular-cut ends of the log and to give texture to the bark. Use pairs of curved lines to outline the flames. Enclose double-pointed curved shapes above the flames.

Camping Scene drawing - step 5
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 5

5. Draw pine trees in the background. Start with a layer of connected "U" shaped lines. Then, draw a narrower group of lines above the first, and another, and another. Enclose the top of the tree with an inverted "U" shaped line.

Camping Scene drawing - step 6
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to draw additional pine trees in the distance. Use connected curved lines to draw each layer of branches, and make sure that each successive layer is smaller than the one below it.

Camping Scene drawing - step 7
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to sketch more pin trees in the distance, behind the tent.

Camping Scene drawing - step 8
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 8

8. Use curved lines to sketch two triangular mountains on the horizon.

Camping Scene drawing - step 9
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 9

9. Draw clouds around the mountains, using connected "U" shaped lines. Draw more clouds in the same manner, but with flat lines at their bases, above the mountains. Draw curved "V" shaped lines to indicate the silhouettes of birds in flight.

Complete Camping Scene drawing
How to Draw Camping Scene: Step 10

Color your cartoon camping scene. Will it be at sunrise, with a clear blue sky, or starry night? The choice is yours.

Then, pick your campers and friendly woodland creatures.

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