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How to Draw an Anchor

Easy, step by step Anchor drawing tutorial
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An anchor is a nautical device used to hold ships, sailboats, and other watercraft in place. Anchors are typically made of heavy materials such as metal or concrete, and attached to the vessel by a rope or chain.

From vikings to pirates, seafarers have used anchors since ancient times. Early anchors were made of rocks, wood, or bags of sand.

In popular culture, anchors are associated with the sea. They appear in coastal and maritime decor. Anchors are also commonly depicted as the tattoo of choice for a sailor's chest or arm.

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Ahoy, maties! It's time to sink or swim and test out your drawing skills with this cartoon anchor. You'll need a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also want to color your finished drawing. You'll use lines and geometric shapes to complete your drawing. Follow the step-by-step instructions in this cartoon drawing tutorial, and you'll be able to drop anchor in no time.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Anchor

Anchor drawing - step 1
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a straight vertical line. This will serve as a guide line to help you sketch the anchor.

Anchor drawing - step 2
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 2

2. Draw a circle at the top of the line. This is known as the ring, and a rope or chain will be attached to it.

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Anchor drawing - step 3
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 3

3. Draw a straight horizontal line parallel to the first. This forms the stock or crossbar of the anchor.

Anchor drawing - step 4
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line at the bottom of the anchor, forming a half-circle. This outlines the arms of the anchor.

Anchor drawing - step 5
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 5

5. Draw a smaller circle within the existing circle, further outlining the ring.

Anchor drawing - step 6
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 6

6. Draw two straight vertical lines parallel to the first. This outlines the anchor’s shank.

Anchor drawing - step 7
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 7

7. Draw a curved line above the line of the stock.

Anchor drawing - step 8
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 8

8. Draw another curved line, this time, below the line of the stock.

Anchor drawing - step 9
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 9

9. Connect the upper and lower ends of the stock using a short curved line on each end.

Anchor drawing - step 10
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 10

10. Draw a curved line near each tip of the stock.

Anchor drawing - step 11
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 11

11. Draw a long curved line parallel to the previous one, outlining the arms of the anchor.

Anchor drawing - step 12
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 12

12. Draw a curved line below and parallel to one arm of the anchor. Notice how it flares downward at the bottom, beginning to form the anchor’s crown.

Anchor drawing - step 13
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 13

13. Draw a curved line below and parallel to the remaining arm of the anchor. This line should meet the previous line at a point at the anchor’s crown.

Anchor drawing - step 14
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 14

14. Use curved lines to draw a triangular shape at the end of one of the arms. This is called the fluke.

Anchor drawing - step 15
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 15

15. Use curved lines to outline a triangular shape at the tip of the remaining arm, forming the second fluke.

Anchor drawing - step 16
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 16

16. Draw an irregular rounded shape overlapping the anchor’s ring. This begins the rope that is attached to the anchor.

Anchor drawing - step 17
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 17

17. Draw a long, “S” shaped line from the portion of rope on the ring. Allow the line to loop around behind the anchor.

Anchor drawing - step 18
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 18

18. Draw another long curved line parallel to the first. Allow the lines to connect in a gentle curve, completing the outline of the rope.

Anchor drawing - step 19
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 19

19. Band the rope with short curved lines, giving it a woven texture.

Anchor drawing - step 20
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 20

20. You should be done. Your cartoon anchor drawing is complete. All you need to do is to color it.

Anchor drawing - step 21
How to Draw an Anchor: Step 21

Color your cartoon anchor. Typically, anchors are of a grey metal color, but they may rust and become red or brown.

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