Learn how to draw a great looking Ferris Wheel with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Ferris Wheel.
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 Millennium 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.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Ferris Wheel
How to Draw a Great Looking Ferris Wheel for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin by drawing a circle within a circle. This is the hub at the center of the wheel.
Easy Ferris Wheel Drawing - 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.
Easy Ferris Wheel Drawing - 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.
Easy Ferris Wheel Drawing - Step 4
4. Draw three successively larger circles encircling the Ferris wheel’s hub. Notice that the circles appear to cross behind the legs.
Easy Ferris Wheel Drawing - Step 5
5. Draw straight lines from the hub to the outer circle. These are the spokes of the wheel.
Easy Ferris Wheel Drawing - 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.
Easy Ferris Wheel Drawing - 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.
Add More Details to Your Ferris Wheel Picture - Step 8
8. Continue drawing Ferris wheel cars until the wheel is completely surrounded.
Complete the Outline of Your Ferris Wheel Drawing - 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.
Color Your Ferris Wheel Drawing
Color your cartoon Ferris wheel. They are often brightly colored.
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