Learn how to draw a great looking Dock with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Dock.
Are you sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away? Would you like to be?
Whether you’re filling your day with lapping water or dreaming of doing so, now is a great time to learn how to draw a dock. This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide can show you how.
Docks are wooden structures, usually rectangular in shape and supported by wooden or concrete posts called pilings.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Dock
How to Draw a Great Looking Dock for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin the dock outline by drawing the riverbank. Use short lines that meet at jagged points to create an “S” shaped line.
This is the grass on the riverbank. Then, use a curved line to enclose part of the dirt embankment, giving the riverbank a three-dimensional appearance.
Learn more about how to draw a river.
Easy Dock Drawing - Step 2
2. Draw the pilings, which are the posts that hold up the dock. Enclose a rounded rectangle for each. Then, use straight lines to trace two sides of the dock’s surface.
Easy Dock Drawing - Step 3
3. Band each piling with three curved lines near the top. Then, use straight lines to complete the rectangular shape of the dock. Enclose three more rounded rectangular pilings on the opposite side of the dock.
Easy Dock Drawing - Step 4
4. Band the remaining pilings with three curved lines each. Give the pilings a three-dimensional, cylindrical shape by drawing a “C” shaped line across the top of each.
Then, connect them with ropes - a pair of parallel curved lines between each post.
Easy Dock Drawing - Step 5
5. Draw straight, parallel lines across the dock to give it the texture of wooden boards. Then begin drawing the canoe. Use curved lines that meet at a point at one end.
Learn more about how to draw a canoe.
Easy Dock Drawing - Step 6
6. Use curved lines that meet at jagged points to enclose the remaining three sides of the canoe. Inside the boat, enclose partial parallelograms to form the benches or seats.
Sketch paddles in the boat - rounded rectangle shapes with handles of straight, parallel lines. Connect the boat to the pier with two parallel curved lines, forming a rope.
Easy Dock Drawing - Step 7
7. Use long, sweeping curved lines to draw the opposite side of the lake as well as the horizon. Texture the boat with curved lines to indicate the wooden boards.
Draw grass on the nearest riverbank using curved lines that meet at jagged points.
Add More Details to Your Dock Picture - Step 8
8. Draw clouds in the sky - straight lines for the bottoms and a series of connected “U” shaped lines for the top.
From the grasses, extend curved lines, followed by ovals and short lines. These are water plants called cattails.
Complete the Outline of Your Dock Drawing - Step 9
9. Texture the water with curved lines, especially drawing ripples around the boat and the pilings. Sketch grass at the edge of the dock, erasing as necessary and using curved lines that meet at jagged points.
Color Your Dock Drawing
Your dock outline is now complete. Color your peaceful river scene - blue skies, blue water, green grass, and brown wooden objects.
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