How to Draw a Violin

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The violin is string instrument, similar to the fiddle, viola, and cello. The violin is the highest pitched stringed instrument in common use. The instrument has been in use for hundreds of years.

Today, the violin is the most widely recognized musical instrument in the world. Violins are used in many types of music, from orchestras to folk songs. Electric violins are even used in rock music.

The most famous and valuable violins were made by the Stradivari family between the 1600s and 1700s. Not only are Stradivarius violins beautiful to look at, but their sound quality is reputed as being unmatched by modern instruments. Experts say that this family made over 1,000 instruments, of which around 600 still exist. Performers still use these violins, although some are around 400 years old and cost millions of dollars. The record cost of a single violin is nearly 16 million dollars.

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A work of art in and of themselves, violins frequently feature in art, especially that which depicts jazz music. Fiddles are often a part of rustic art. In children's cartoons, folk or jazz bands frequently have a member who plays a violin or similar stringed instrument, such as the cello.

Would you like to draw a violin? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished picture.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​​ ​a Violin

How to Draw Violin: Step 1

1.​ ​Begin by drawing a downward facing "U" shaped line. At each of the tips of the "U", turn the line outward. Attach a short curved line, forming a point. This forms the violin's upper bout.

How to Draw Violin: Step 2

2. ​​​​​​​​​​​Continue the curved line on one side of the violin. Then, connect another, longer curved line, forming another point. This outlines one side of the waist and lower bout.

How to Draw Violin: Step 3

3. ​​​​​​​​​​​Repeat on the opposite side to form a mirror image, enclosing the violin using two curved lines.

How to Draw Violin: Step 4

4. ​​On one side of the violin, use a series of curved lines to follow the violin's shape, giving the drawing a three dimensional appearance. Connect the lines to the violin using short lines where needed.

How to Draw Violin: Step 5

5.​​ ​Enclose an elongated pentagon in the middle of the lower bout. Extend a set of straight lines downward, and connect them using a short line. This forms the tailpiece.

How to Draw Violin: Step 6

6.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Draw curved lines with spirals on the ends along each side of the violin's waist. Between these lines, draw a parallelogram, forming the bridge. At the top of the waist, use two curved lines to enclose a curved shape.

How to Draw Violin: Step 7

7. ​​​High above the body of the violin, use straight and curved lines to enclose a highly irregular shape. This is the violin's scroll and pegbox.

How to Draw Violin: Step 8

8.​​​ ​​​​​Draw long, straight, parallel lines from the pegbox to just above the tailpiece. Draw a small circle at the end of each line, and a corresponding circle on the tailpiece. You have just drawn the violin's strings and fine tuners.

How to Draw Violin: Step 9

9.​​ ​​Draw pairs of short, straight lines extending from the pegbox, each ending in a circle. These are the tuning pegs. Draw a straight line from the pegbox to the upper bout, indicating the neck. Draw the bow, beginning with three parallel lines. Enclose an irregular shape at the top using curved lines, and a small rectangle at the bottom, marked by a small circle.

How to Draw Violin: Step 10

10. ​​​​​​​Color your violin. Since violins are made of wood, they are usually brown in color.

​​Want to make more beautiful music? Try using our guitar drawing guide.

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