Trucks are motor vehicles that range in size from that of a passenger automobile the huge, specialized emergency and construction vehicles. Originally designed for hauling cargo, trucks have become symbols of masculinity, hard work, and rural life.
The word “truck” was derived from the term “truckle,” meaning “wheel” or “pulley.” The first trucks were steam powered and came into use during the 1800s. The 1890s saw the invention of trucks that used modern internal combustion motors.
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Pickup trucks, such as the one pictured in this tutorial, are a common element of Americana art depicting the “good old days” or farm life. In 2006, Disney’s animated truck named Mater garnered acclaim as the comic relief in the film Cars. Since then, Mater has had a role in two sequels and various short films. Other cartoons have employed personified trucks as well.
Would you like to draw your own truck? Simply follow along with this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints handy, you may wish to use these to complete your drawing. Pay careful attention to the highlighted blue lines in each step, as these indicate new lines to be added.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Truck
1. Begin by drawing a square. This will form the body of the truck.
2. Draw a rectangle extending from one side of the square. This will form the truck’s cargo bed.
3. Next, detail the cab and outline the front end of the truck. Extend a diagonal line from the top of the square. Draw a straight, horizontal line extending from its side, and a shorter straight line perpendicular to this. Then, connect this to the diagonal line using a curved line, enclosing the shape.
4. Detail the truck. Draw a set of curved, parallel lines where the bed and cab join. Draw two parallel, horizontal lines across the bottom of the rectangle.
5. Erase the guide lines from the truck, leaving a clean outline.
6. Add further detail to the vehicle. Enclose the passenger window using two straight lines and a curved line. Draw a curved shape like a comma to indicate the door handle. Draw a half circle across the bed of the truck, and another on the front end, to indicate the wheel wells. Enclose curved rectangles at the back of the truck bed to signify the rear bumper and tail lights. Continue the parallel lines from the truck bed across the cab, and draw a curved rectangle from the front fender to the front of the truck to represent the front bumper.
7. Erase the guide lines from the wheel wells.
8. Beneath each wheel well, draw three circles, one within the other. This represents the tire, wheel, and hub cap. Then, connect the tire to the body of the truck using straight lines.
9. Draw a rounded rectangle to represent the front headlight, and another for the rear view mirror. Erase guide lines as necessary. Draw the gas cap on the truck bed using a small circle, and sketch straight, diagonal lines across the window.
10. Color your truck. Vehicles can come in a rainbow of colors, so be creative. Why not expand your drawing to include an entire scene? Put some clouds in the sky and grass beneath the wheels. Perhaps this truck is about to be crushed by a monster truck. Or, maybe it is hard at work on the farm, tending cows, horses, and pigs. It is your drawing, so the choice is yours.
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