How to Draw a Roller Coaster

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A roller coaster is a type of railway that is elevated and which has steep ascents and descents. Unlike most railways, roller coasters won't take you anywhere - in fact, most let you off at the same platform used to board. Instead of travel, roller coasters are designed to produce thrills and pure fun.

The predecessor of the modern roller coaster was created in Russia during the 1400s. Called "flying mountains," these consisted of large sleds and man-made hills of ice. Later, carriages were developed that rode in grooved tracks. Wheels were added in 1804.

In America, roller coasters had their start with the "Gravity Road," which was used for hauling coal in the morning and passengers in the afternoon. By the end of the 1800s, trolley companies began building amusement parks at the line's end to attract more riders. Coney Island in New York City was among the most famous.

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Today, well-known amusement parks around the world include Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, and Six Flags. These parks offer a number of indoor and outdoor roller coasters.

Did you know? The world's tallest roller coaster at 456 feet (139 meters) is the Kingda Ka at Six Flags of New Jersey, USA. The oldest operational coaster is Leap-the-Dips in Pennsylvania, USA. Its top speed is 10 miles per hour.

Would you like to draw a cartoon roller coaster? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Ferris Wheel, Eiffel Tower, and Playground.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Roller Coaster

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching part of the track. Draw three sets of parallel, curved lines. Each set of lines should meet at a gentle point. Connect them using curved lines to form a tongue-like shape.

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 2

2. Draw the next section of roller coaster track. From each of the original sets of lines, extend another pair of curved, parallel lines. Allow all three sets to meet at a point. Then, from the upper set of lines, draw three more sets of curved, parallel lines. Bring each set to a point so that it curves to meet the set below it. Erase as necessary where lines overlap.

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 3

3. From the previous sets of lines, draw three more sets of curved, parallel lines. Curve them so that they meet at a point.

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 4

4. Draw pairs of straight, parallel lines between the sections of the track so that they form "V" shapes.

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How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 5

5. Support your rollercoaster with upright legs. For each leg, extend a pair of straight, parallel lines downward from the track. Draw a straight horizontal line beneath the leg and connect them using curved lines.

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 6

6. Draw a car on top of the roller coaster track. Use curved lines to outline the car, its front and side, and the seating area.

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 7

7. Erase the track where it overlaps with the car. Then, used curved lines to outline the safety bar, embellish the car with decorations, and sketch the wheels between the car and the track.

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 8

8. Erase as needed where the car overlaps the tracks. Then, sketch two happy children riding the roller coaster. Use curved lines to outline the legs, torsos, and outstretched arms. Use narrow "U" shaped lines to enclose the fingers, and band the arms with curved lines to create sleeves. Outline the faces, hair, eyes, nose, and mouth. Use short curved lines to texture the hair.

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How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 9

9. Draw two ovals on the front of the car. Then, draw a slightly smaller oval inside each. Finally, draw curved lines around the car to indicate movement.

How to Draw Roller Coaster: Step 10

Color your cartoon roller coaster.

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