How to Draw a Tent

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How to Draw a Tent Step 10
Complete Tent drawing

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A tent is a type of portable shelter that has been used since time immemorial. Ancient nomadic peoples lived in tents full-time, traveling from place to place.

Militaries often house soldiers in tents when occupying a foreign land.

And today, many people enjoy camping in tents recreationally.

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Tents are also used for events such as weddings and circuses.

Tents generally consist of a rigid framework of wood or metal covered in some type of cloth.

Did you know? in an emergency situation, you can create a tent out of a tarp, shower curtain, or other materials. Simply place two wooden stakes in the ground and tie a string between them. Put the cloth over the string, and stake its ends to the ground so that it forms a pyramidal structure.

Would you like to draw a cartoon tent? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial 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: Cartoon Forest, Desert, and Beach.

Easy, step by step Tent drawing tutorial
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Tent

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

1. Use four curved lines to draw a curved rectangular shape. This forms one side of the tent.

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

2. Erase part of the bottom of the shape, and replace it with two curved lines. Draw additional lines down the center of the rectangle. This details how the tent is tied down.

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

3. Use curved lines to enclose a rectangle beneath the tent side. Draw another line across it, parallel to the bottom of the rectangle.

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

4. Use four curved lines to sketch in the front of the tent. It should be roughly house-shaped, like a triangle resting on top of a rectangle. Draw a curved line parallel to the bottom of the shape.

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

5. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to connect the peak of the tent's front to its bottom. This indicates the open cloth flap.

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

6. Draw a series of shapes along one side of the tent front. from the peak, draw a pair of parallel lines, two "C" shaped lines, and extended oval, more "C" shaped lines, and another elongated oval. Draw short lines at the joints of the shapes. This represents one cloth tent flap tied to the tentpole.

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

7. Draw a set of vertical, parallel lines inside the tent, indicating a tentpole. Draw another, diagonal set of parallel lines inside the tent, indicating the bottom of that tent side.

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

8. Draw pairs of curved parallel lines extending from the points of the tent's side. Draw a small cylinder with a circle at its base at the end of each. These are the tent cords and tent pins that hold the tent in place.

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

9. Draw curved lines from the front of the opposite side, with a cylinder at the end, forming the final tent pin.

Complete Tent drawing
How to Draw a Tent Step 10

Color your cartoon tent. There was a time when tents only came in tan canvas and olive drab, but today, they come in every color you can imagine!

Forest, desert, or seaside camping? You decide. Don't forget to add your favorite forest friends.

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