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How to Draw a Saxophone

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“Don't play the saxophone, let the saxophone play you.”
― Charlie Parker, American musician

The saxophone is a single-reed woodwind instrument. It was invented in Paris, France in 1846. It consists of a brass tube, 24 keys, and a mouthpiece like that of a clarinet.

Saxophones are especially lauded for their contributions to jazz music. They may be used in orchestras or in small bands, accompanied by pianos, trumpets, violins, and guitars.

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Would you like to draw a jazzy cartoon saxophone? This easy, step-by-step musical instrument drawing tutorial is here to show 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: Trumpet, Clarinet, and Violin.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Saxophone

Saxophone drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 01

1. Begin by drawing the bell of the saxophone. First, draw an oval, with a "C" shaped line inside it. This is the opening of the bell. Then, draw a long curved line to outline the bottom of the instrument, called the bow.

Saxophone drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 02

2. Use curved lines to outline the "J" shaped body of the saxophone. Connect the lines at the top. Then, extend a curved line and double it back upon itself to outline a curved shape. This represents the neck of the instrument.

Saxophone drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 03

3. Extend a curved line from the neck and double it back upon itself to form the mouthpiece. Draw a small triangle at the tip. Then, draw a curved line across the top of the instrument body. Enclose a flattened oval shape, erasing as necessary. Draw a curved line across one end to give it the three-dimensional shape of a cylinder. The is the neck screw, which holds the instrument together.

Saxophone drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 04

4. Next, draw the keyguard. Enclose an irregular shape on the side of the bell using curved lines. Draw a line down the center and small circles on the lobes. Then, enclose a half-circle behind each lobe.

Saxophone drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 05

5. Begin drawing the saxophone's many keys. For each key, start with a circle. Then, draw smaller circles and curved shapes overlapping them.

Saxophone drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 06

6. Draw more keys. Again, start with a circle and draw smaller circles and curved shapes overlapping them. Erase as necessary.

Saxophone drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 07

7. Draw more keys. Again, start with a circle and draw smaller circles and curved shapes overlapping them. Erase as necessary.

Saxophone drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 08

8. Draw keys extending from the top of the body. For each key, extend a curved line and double it back upon itself.

Saxophone drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 09

9. Draw straight and curved lines parallel to the body of the saxophone. Draw oblong, oval-shaped keys.

Complete Saxophone drawing
How to Draw a Saxophone Step 10

Color your cartoon saxophone. These brass instruments are usually gold or silver in color.

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