Rail lines called wagonways were invented as long ago as 1500. It was not until the 1820s, however, that mechanical trains were invented. These trains were powered by steam and were similar in design to the train featured in this drawing tutorial.
Many other types of trains have since been invented, including underground subway trains powered by electrified rails, and the futuristic Maglev train that uses magnetic repulsion to hover above its tracks.
Fictional trains are often given charming personalities. A few of the most famous cartoon trains include Thomas the Tank Engine and The Little Engine That Could.
Can you draw a cartoon train? Keep a positive attitude like that Little Engine – “I think I can, I think I can…” – and use this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. In each step of this drawing guide, new lines to be added are shown in blue. You may want to have an eraser handy to remove guide lines and correct mistakes.
You may use crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints, or any other supplies you may have to color your finished train.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Train
Extend two straight lines from the arch. Connect them using a curved line, enclosing another cylinder shape. Extend the bottom line past the cylinder, and draw a short, straight line below it, meeting at a right angle.
Erase any guide lines. Draw a smaller pentagon within the previous, and detail the grate using straight, parallel lines. Behind the grate, draw three parallel lines. Draw vertical lines between the bottom and middle lines.
Draw the smoke stack on top of the large cylinder. Extend short, parallel lines upwards. From the parallel lines, draw diagonal lines, then another set of parallel lines. Connect the lines using a curved line, and add detail by crossing curved lines across the smoke stack.
Detail the front of the train. Draw a curved rectangle on the large cylinder, and cross it with a set of diagonal lines. On the small cylinder, enclose a shape using a curved line.
Enclose a shape above the smoke stack using many curved lines. This cloud-like shape is the steam or smoke created by the train’s engine.
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