When we think of cartoons, we often think first of the characters. The environment, however, can be just as important.
Think of Goldilocks and the three bears – the story wouldn’t have been the same without the bears’ house, where everything was either too much, too little, or just right. What about the gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel found, the little old woman who lived in a shoe, Nemo’s anemone, or even the pineapple under the sea that houses the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants? Without the houses, these and other stories would simply not be complete.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon house? Doing so is simple and easy when you use this step-by-step drawing tutorial.
You won’t need any special tools or skills, only a pencil and a piece of paper. You may want to have an eraser handy to correct any mistakes, and some colored pencils, markers, or crayons to shade your finished picture.
As you follow this drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, new lines added in the current step are highlighted in blue. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a House
Draw a curved line parallel to the diagonal line of the roof. Extend a short, straight line from each of the corners, and connect these using a long, straight line.
Draw a rectangle extending upwards from the roof. Draw a short, straight line extending diagonally from the bottom of the rectangle. Draw a straight line upwards from this point, and connect it to the rectangle using a straight line. This will form the chimney.
Draw two short, straight lines in the middle of the wall. From each line, extend two straight lines upwards. Connect these lines using a curved line. These enclosed shapes will form the windows.
Draw a circle within a circle above the door to form another window. Draw a number of irregular oval shapes of various sizes between the bottom of the house and the line on the wall. This will texture the house’s foundation and represent stone.
Place your house in a lovely setting. Draw a series of curved lines in the sky to represent clouds. Use a series of connected curved lines to form the horizon line near the base of the house. Extend a set of curving lines from the house’s door, forming a walking path. Draw several more sets of connected, curved lines to indicate tufts of grass.
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