How to Draw a Road

Easy, step by step Road drawing tutorial
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“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Are you ready for a Sunday drive? You can learn how to draw a road then plan your next big road trip.

Roads of various types have been around for millennia. The earliest man-made roads began as game trails - paths used by animals. People used and enlarged these, altering them to suit their needs.

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In ancient times, the earliest known paved roads were created in Egypt. Later, Rome was famous for its roads. Some of these, nearly 2,000 years old, are still intact today.

The first lined roads were constructed in the United Kingdom in 1918. Today, these safety markings are common throughout the world.

Get ready to draw your own roads. And if you like the Looney Tunes, don't fall into the Road Runner's trap - painted lines that lead to the edge of the cliff!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Racecar, Dirt Bike, and Truck.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Road

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

1. Begin by drawing a long, curved line to form the first hill of the contoured landscape.

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

2. Draw another long curved line, forming another hill. Notice how the top of the first hill and the bottom of the second converge.

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

3. Draw another long curved line to form the third hill.

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

4. Begin drawing the road as it crosses the first hill. Draw a pair of widely spaced parallel curved lines. These are the sides of the road. Then, draw curved rectangles between them to indicate the lines in the center of the road.

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

5. Draw the next section of the road on the second hill. Outline the sides of the road with curved lines. Then, draw several curved rectangles down its center.

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

6. Draw the third section of road traversing the third hill. Again, outline the sides of the road using parallel curved lines. This segment is far enough away, however, that you won't be drawing rectangles. Instead, draw a series of short lines down the center of the road.

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

7. Next, draw a tree alongside the road. Use pairs of curved lines to outline the roots, trunk, and branches of the tree. Notice how some of the lines overlap.

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

8. Draw the tree's leafy crown. Use a series of short curved lines to outline the cloudlike boughs. Then, draw a series of short curved lines just above the tree's branches.

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

9. Draw additional trees and shrubbery, erasing as necessary. Use a series of curved lines to outline a round shape at the top of the second hill, forming a tree or shrub. Then, draw a tree on the distant hill. Extend a pair of curved lines for the trunk, and use a series of curved lines to outline the round bough.

Complete Road drawing
How to Draw Road: Step 10

Color your cartoon of a landscape with a road. Learn how to draw a car so you can take a drive through this peaceful scene.

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