How to Draw a Log Cabin

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A log cabin is a house constructed of the logs of trees. They are traditionally small structures, consisting of one or two rooms, but some are large and elaborate. In Europe, their history is ancient, while in North America, they are often associated with early European settlers.

There are many open-air museums and parks throughout the world where you can view historic log cabins. Some have even been moved indoors for preservation. An example of this is the historic cabin housed in the Customs House Museum in Tennessee, USA.

In the United States, these cabins are often associated with the concept of "humble beginnings." At least six U.S. presidents were born in log cabins, most notably Abraham Lincoln. "Lincoln Logs" are a popular children's toy consisting of wooden dowels used to build model cabins.

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Many people today still enjoy living or vacationing in log cabins. Certain areas may be most readily associated with this type of accommodation, such as the Rocky Mountains or Gatlinburg near the Appalachian Mountains in the U.S. These vacation cabins may be referred to as chalets.

Would you like to draw a cartoon log cabin? This easy, step-by-step cartoon 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: Barn, Cartoon House, and Tent.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Log Cabin

Log Cabin drawing - step 1
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the roof of the cabin. First, draw a large parallelogram - a rectangle with its short sides slanted in the same direction. Draw a straight line on an opposite diagonal from its uppermost point. Between this line and the parallelogram, draw an upside-down "V." Connect the "V" to the existing lines at the corners. Draw a straight line parallel to the base of the parallelogram, and connect it at the corners.

Log Cabin drawing - step 2
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 2

2. Draw the chimney, erasing as necessary. Enclose a rectangle on the roof. Beside it, enclose a trapezoid. Draw straight lines parallel to the tops of these two shapes, and connect them at the ends. Then, enclose partial rectangles on the sides of the chimney to indicate the bricks.

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Log Cabin drawing - step 3
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 3

3. Draw the logs of the front side of the cabin. Draw numerous straight, horizontal, parallel lines. Connect them with a curved line on one side and a small oval on the other.

Log Cabin drawing - step 4
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 4

4. Draw the logs of the remaining side. Again, use parallel lines, connected with short curved lines on the end.

Log Cabin drawing - step 5
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 5

5. Draw the tips of the logs that make up the back wall of the cabin. Extend straight lines and connect them to one another by means of small ovals. Attach the roof to the wall using a short straight line.

Log Cabin drawing - step 6
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 6

6. Draw the porch. Enclose a parallelogram in front of the cabin. Draw straight lines parallel to two of its sides, and connect them using short lines. Extend a small rectangle below each corner. Draw a vertical line beside each, and connect them using a short line. Finally, enclose the rectangular foundation beneath the sidewall of the cabin.

Log Cabin drawing - step 7
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 7

7. Draw the door, erasing as necessary. Enclose a rectangle on the front side of the cabin. Draw two small rectangles on one side of it to indicate the hinges. Use curved lines to enclose the door handle.

Log Cabin drawing - step 8
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 8

8. Draw a window on the sidewall, erasing as necessary. Enclose one rectangle inside another.

Log Cabin drawing - step 9
How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 9

9. Put shingles on the roof by drawing overlapping "U" shaped lines.

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How to Draw Log Cabin: Step 10

Color your cartoon cabin. Natural wood cabins are brown, but they could be painted any color.

Place your cabin in a forest setting, complete with friendly woodland creatures.

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