How to Draw a Kayak

Easy, step by step Kayak drawing tutorial
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A kayak is a small boat or canoe. The kayak traces its history to the native peoples of Greenland and Alaska. These kayaks were made of animal skins stretched over frames of wood or whalebone. They were used for fishing and hunting. The word kayak means "man's boat" or "hunter's boat."

Today, kayaks are made from lightweight plastics, marine quality plywood, or fiberglass and are typically used for recreation. Different types of kayaks hold one, two, or three people. They are steered and propelled with a double-ended paddle. Specialized kayaks go by names such as creek boats, playboats, and wave skis.

Many kayaks, modern and traditional, have a unique feature. The opening of the cockpit is covered so that if the kayak flips over, it can be righted without filling with water or the pilot falling out.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon kayak? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial 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 color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: River, Sunset, and Ocean.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Kayak

Kayak drawing - step 1
How to Draw Kayak: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a long curved line. This will outline the top of the kayak.

Kayak drawing - step 2
How to Draw Kayak: Step 2

2. Draw another long curved line, connected to the first line on each end. This encloses the shape of the kayak.

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Kayak drawing - step 3
How to Draw Kayak: Step 3

3. Draw a curved line down the middle of the kayak, connected at the same points as the previous lines. This outlines the top and side of the kayak.

Kayak drawing - step 4
How to Draw Kayak: Step 4

4. Draw an oval within the top of the kayak. This outlines the cockpit, where the pilot sits.

Kayak drawing - step 5
How to Draw Kayak: Step 5

5. Enclose a curved shape on one side of the oval, using two curved lines. Erase as necessary. This forms the back of the kayak seat.

Kayak drawing - step 6
How to Draw Kayak: Step 6

6. Draw another curved line behind the previous shape. Erase as necessary.

Kayak drawing - step 7
How to Draw Kayak: Step 7

7. Draw a pair of straight lines across the entire drawing, erasing as necessary. This forms the shaft or handle of the paddle.

Kayak drawing - step 8
How to Draw Kayak: Step 8

8. Draw the paddle's blade. Extend a curved line from the handle, and double it back upon itself. Draw a "V" shaped line at the shoulder of the blade.

Kayak drawing - step 9
How to Draw Kayak: Step 9

9. Draw the remaining paddle blade. Extend a curved line and double it back upon itself. Draw a "V" shaped line at the paddle's shoulder.

Complete Kayak drawing
How to Draw Kayak: Step 10

Color your cartoon kayak. Kayaks often come in bright colors, including red, yellow, blue, and green.

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