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How to Draw a Drum

Easy, step by step Drum drawing tutorial
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The drum is one of the most famous instruments in the world. Ancient humans built the first drums thousands of years ago.

Today, people around the world use different types of drums to make music. Scientists have even seen certain types of animals like monkeys and rodents drumming against the ground to show dominance.

Cartoon drums are one of the easiest objects to draw, making them perfect for beginner artists. They're made of simple shapes like ovals, cylinders and lines.

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This guide recommends using yellow and red, but once you've made your cartoon drum, you can use just about any color for the design on the sides.

To start, use a pencil to draw the outline. Some of these shapes overlap, so you'll need to erase the extra lines. Afterward, outline the drawing with a black pen, marker or colored pencil, then use your favorite coloring tools to complete your cartoon drum.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Saxophone, Piano, and Violin.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Drum

Drum drawing - step 1
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Start with a large oval. Surround the oval with two parallel lines, then use two straight lines to connect them.

Drum drawing - step 2
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Add another curved line inside this shape. On the front, draw cylindrical shapes. Make sure these shapes overlap the front of the drum.

Drum drawing - step 3
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Draw cylindrical shapes along the edges of the drum. Use curved lines to give the first three shapes more depth.

Drum drawing - step 4
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. To make the bottom of the drum, draw two more curved lines that are parallel to the top of the drum. Connect the shapes with two straight lines.

Drum drawing - step 5
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. On the bottom of the drum, add more cylinders as you did previously. Make sure these cylinders line up with the cylinders at the top.

Drum drawing - step 6
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Connect the cylinders on the top and bottom with three long tubes.

Drum drawing - step 7
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Add two more tubes on each side, then draw Xs inside the first two sections.

Drum drawing - step 8
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Draw the rest of the Xs, then draw a stretched-out teardrop shape on top of the drum. Make sure this shape overlaps the drum.

Drum drawing - step 9
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Add another stretched-out teardrop shape, then draw ovals at the end like long spoons.

Complete Drum drawing
drum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

10. Outline the entire drawing in black, then erase the extra pencil lines.

When you're done, color the drumsticks light brown. Use darker brown for the shadows and lighter brown for the highlights. Use different shades of grey for the parts around the cartoon drum, then color the X design with yellow and red.

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How to draw: Drum - all drawing steps
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