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How to Draw an Anchor

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.

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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.

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.

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Step-by-Step Instructions
for Drawing an Anchor

How to Draw an 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 an Anchor: Step 2

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

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 3

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

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 4

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

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 5

Add a small circle inside the anchor ring.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 6

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

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 7

Draw a curving line above the anchor stock.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 8

Draw another curving line under the anchor stock.

How to Draw an 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 an Anchor: Step 10

Add two more short curving lines inside the stock.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 11

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

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 12

Draw an elongated S-shape under the anchor arms.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 13

Do the same on the other side.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 14

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

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 15

Draw the other anchor palm.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 16

Sketch a small bean-shape at the anchor ring.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 17

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

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 18

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

How to Draw an 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 an Anchor: Step 20

Erase extra lines in the stock and shank.

How to Draw an Anchor: Step 21

Color your anchor drawing.

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