How to Draw a Ferris Wheel

Easy, step by step Ferris Wheel drawing tutorial
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The Ferris wheel is a common sight at fairs, carnivals, theme parks, and other attractions. Sometimes called "revolving observation wheels," Ferris wheels consist of ridable open or enclosed cars that travel the circumference of a large upright wheel.

Do you know why this ride is called a Ferris wheel? Well, "Ferris" is always capitalized because it is a name. George Ferris built the first Ferris wheel for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, United States, in 1893. Its design was based on much smaller "pleasure wheels" used in Europe since the 1600s, and Somer's Wheel, a 50-foot wooden wheel built in New Jersey, United States in 1892.

Over a hundred years after their creation, Ferris wheels continue to make history. In 1999, the Millenium Wheel or London Eye in London, England, became the world's tallest Ferris wheel at 443 feet (135 meters). In 2006, its height was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang in China; in 2008 by the Singapore Flyer; and in 2014 by the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The High Roller is 550 feet (167.6 meters) tall.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon Ferris wheel? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing guide 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 shade your Ferris wheel using bright colors.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Castle, Hot Air Balloon, and Cotton Candy.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 1
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle within a circle. This is the hub at the center of the wheel.

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 2
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 2

2. Draw two sets of straight, parallel lines descending from the hub at diagonal angles. These will become the legs that support the Ferris wheel.

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Ferris Wheel drawing - step 3
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 3

3. Draw a trapezoid beneath the legs, enclosing the open end of the legs in the process. Then, draw straight, horizontal lines across it. This forms the base of the Ferris wheel.

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 4
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 4

4. Draw three successively larger circles encircling the Ferris wheel’s hub. Notice that the circles appear to cross behind the legs.

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 5
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 5

5. Draw straight lines from the hub to the outer circle. These are the spokes of the wheel.

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 6
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 6

6. Next, begin drawing the cars suspended from the Ferris wheel. For each car, use two curved lines to enclose a narrow shape that is pointed on both ends. Below this, use curved lines to draw a cuplike shape. Connect the two shapes using curved lines. Give the car a three-dimensional appearance by drawing a curved line along one side. Erase as necessary.

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 7
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 7

7. Continue drawing the Ferris wheel cars as described above – a pointed shape and a cuplike shape attached by two lines. Notice that the lowest car is partially hidden by the Ferris wheel’s leg.

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 8
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 8

8. Continue drawing Ferris wheel cars until the wheel is completely surrounded.

Ferris Wheel drawing - step 9
How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 9

9. Add the final touches to your Ferris wheel. Draw small circles along the legs and central hub, indicating the bolts or rivets that hold the Ferris wheel together.

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How to Draw Ferris Wheel: Step 10

Color your cartoon Ferris wheel. They are often brightly colored.

Why not draw your own amusement park, complete with a fairy tale castle, costumed characters, and plenty of people?

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