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In this guide we will draw an acoustic guitar. If you look at a photo of a guitar, drawing it can feel overwhelming. There are so many details and very precise lines. Still, you can draw it step-by-step and is not that difficult in the end.
You will be drawing a lot of basic shapes – circles, rectangles, and lines – that will help you to create the correct overall guitar shape. Sketch with a light touch as you will be erasing most of these “helper” shapes in the end.
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In this tutorial, you will find each step highlighted in a light blue color.
You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, ruler, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Guitar
First, draw two circles for the body of your guitar; one smaller than the other and a little bit overlapping.
Draw a long line through the middle of the circles and draw the sound hole as two concentric circles where the straight line meets with the larger circle.
Add three lines perpendicular to the long line; one in the middle of the big circle, and the others close to the top and bottom of the guitar.
Next we will draw the basic shapes for the guitar neck and head. Draw a long, narrow rectangle for the neck, and a shorter, a slightly wider, rectangle for the head.
We will start shaping the guitar body now. Draw a line cutting through the upper circle above the sound hole and other two lines close to the sides of the large circle.
Draw two more straight lines close to the top of the guitar body.
Erase the circle lines outside the short lines we made in the previous two steps.
Next, draw slightly curving lines where you just erased the circle lines. These new lines should be “flatter” than the old ones. Also, draw small circles for the tuning posts in the head and a small rectangle for the bridge.
Erase the extra lines inside. The guitar outlines are now ready.
Let’s add some details. Add a small rectangle that ends in small ovals for tuning pegs. Also, make six tiny circles for bridge pins.
Draw six guitar strings from the bridge pins to the tuning posts.
Finally, add the frets, pick guard, and round up the head of the guitar. Your drawing is ready for coloring.
Color your guitar.
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