How to Draw a Submarine

Easy, step by step Submarine drawing tutorial
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"In the town where I was born
Lived a man who sailed to sea,
And he told us of his life
In the land of submarines.
So we sailed up to the sun
'Til we found a sea of green
And we lived beneath the waves
In our yellow submarine."
- "Yellow Submarine," song by The Beatles

The submarine is a naval vessel that travels below the surface of the water. Submarines were first used in warfare during World War I, 1914 to 1918.

In the time since they have captured our imaginations and often appear in popular culture, including live-action films, music, and children's cartoons. We've even named the "sub" sandwich after them!

In addition to warfare, submarines or subs can be used for scientific research. This was fictionally highlighted in the classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

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Captain Nemo's amazing vessel was at first mistaken for an enormous narwhal. Later, its inhabitants faced off against a giant squid.

In recent decades, much attention has been given to unmanned submarines able to explore the seafloor. These were famously used in the discovery and exploration of the sunken Titanic.

Would you like to draw a cartoon submarine? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial will show you how. You'll use simple lines and shapes such as ovals and circles.

All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Sailboat, Canoe, and Ship.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Submarine

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

1. Begin by drawing an irregular oval shape. This forms the hull of the submarine. Use a curved line to enclose an irregular round shape at the back of the hull. This is one of the rudders at the rear of the submarine.

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

2. Band the hull with curved lines at the front and back. Notice that the lines at the back don't attach to the outline. Then, use a "U" shaped line to enclose a rudder on the bottom of the submarine.

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

3. Draw a narrow horizontal oval above the hull of the submarine. This will become the sail plane. Then, draw a long curved line passing behind the oval and doubling back upon itself. This encloses the sail or conning tower.

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

4. Enclose a sailplane on the opposite side of the tower using a "U" shaped line. Contour the tower and plane with curved lines. Then, draw small circles along the line of the hull to indicate the rivets that hold the metal structure together.

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

5. Draw more circular rivets. Then, draw a circle within a circle on the side of the hull to indicate a porthole or window.

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

6. Draw more portholes down the side of the submarine, each a circle within a circle.

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

7. Draw the propeller at the back of the submarine. First, enclose a partial circle between the rudders. Then, extend curved lines and double them back upon themselves to enclose the fan-like blades.

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

8. Next, draw the periscope, which is used to look above the water. Draw an oval above the tower of the submarine, and attach it to the tower using a pair of lines.

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

9. Finish the cartoon submarine’s periscope by drawing a curved line to define the periscope’s window then a smaller circle inside of the bigger one. Add two curved lines on the periscope’s arm.

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How to Draw Submarine: Step 10

Color your cartoon submarine. They are typically black or grey in color. But be creative - The Beatles sang a song about a yellow submarine!

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