How to Draw an Anchor

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Anchors used to be popular as tattoos. Drawing a simple but great looking anchor is not difficult. An anchor drawing is made mostly out of simple geometric shapes that anyone can draw.

The tutorial below is very detailed. If you follow the step-by-step instructions, you can easily create a beautiful anchor drawing in just minutes.

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Draw with a light touch at first. That way you can easily erase any stray lines you draw. Don’t be shy to tweak your shapes. Nobody makes a perfect circle or line in the first try.

​In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Guitar, Plane, and Robot.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Anchor

How to Draw Anchor: Step 1

Start with a straight vertical line in the middle of the page. This will be the shank of the anchor.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 2

Add a small circle at top of the line. This will be the ring of the anchor.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 3

Draw a horizontal line a little below the circle. This will become the stock of the anchor.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 4

Sketch a large half-circle at the bottom of the line. This will be the arm of the anchor.

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How to Draw Anchor: Step 5

Add a small circle inside the anchor ring.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 6

Draw two more vertical lines at both sides of the first vertical line.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 7

Draw a curving line above the anchor stock.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 8

Draw another curving line under the anchor stock.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 9

Join the curving lines from the previous two steps with short curving lines. The stock of the anchor is beginning to take a shape.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 10

Add two more short curving lines inside the stock.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 11

Sketch a half-oval shape above the big half-circle we did in the beginning.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 12

Draw an elongated S-shape under the anchor arms.

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How to Draw Anchor: Step 13

Do the same on the other side.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 14

Draw an arrow-shape for the palm of the anchor.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 15

Draw the other anchor palm.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 16

Sketch a small bean-shape at the anchor ring.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 17

Draw a long curving line to form a rope from the bean-shape.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 18

Trace the previous line and draw another line parallel to it.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 19

Add a lot of short curves inside the rope. Make sure they are curving the same way to enhance the impression of a rope texture.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 20

Erase extra lines in the stock and shank.

How to Draw Anchor: Step 21

Color your anchor drawing.

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