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How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of America's most iconic landmarks. It is located in San Francisco, California.

Illustrate your travel goals when you learn how to draw the Golden Gate Bridge.

This type of bridge is called a suspension bridge because cables suspend it or hold it up. The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long and was built in 1937.

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At that time, it held the record of the world's longest bridge - it was surpassed by the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in 1964.

The Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed bridge in the world. It is considered a symbol of America, industry, and progress.

Did you know? Architects use perspective drawings like this one when they are planning new buildings, bridges, or other structures.

You can practice your drawing skills now so that you can design amazing things someday!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Statue of Liberty, New York Skyline, and Sphinx.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 1
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 01

1. Begin by laying the basic lines. Extend three long, straight lines at a diagonal angle to form the roadway. Notice that the lines converge, getting closer together as they cross the page. This gives the perspective of distance. Then, use a curved line to draw the near shore. Then, use a series of straight, connected lines of different lengths to begin drawing the first tower.

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 2
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 02

2. Draw another series of straight lines of different lengths parallel to the first. Then, draw a second shape like the first, forming the opposite side of the tower. Connect the tower sections using a rectangle at the top. Then, use a series of short curved lines to complete the top of the first section.

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Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 3
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 03

3. Draw more rectangular girders between the two tower sections. Beneath each girder, draw a small curved rectangle and two straight lines. This gives the girder a three-dimensional appearance.

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 4
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4. Draw a final rectangular girder, with a curved rectangle beneath it and a straight line across the top. Complete the outline of the tower. Then, draw a straight line parallel to the bridge at the foot of the tower. This begins to add dimension to the bridge itself.

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 5
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5. Draw a series of lines along the side of the tower, parallel to the outline. Then, Draw several series of straight lines along the side of the bridge. Extend three straight lines downward as a continuation of the tower. Erase as necessary.

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 6
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 06

6. Continue to draw straight lines along the side of the bridge. In the distance, draw the second tower, erasing as necessary. Draw a rectangle within a rectangle at the base of the tower, then extend two sets of lines upward.

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 7
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 07

7. Draw rectangular girders between the sections of the distant tower. Then, sketch the main cables. Draw long curved lines between the two towers, and between each tower and the end of the bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 8
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 08

8. Draw suspender cables - vertical straight lines between the main cables and the bridge's deck or roadway. Draw a long curved line across the horizon to indicate the opposite shore. Enclose a cube-like shape at the far end of the bridge to indicate the footing.

Golden Gate Bridge drawing - step 9
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 09

9. Draw another curved line above the horizon to indicate mountains in the distance. Above the mountains, use a series of curved lines to enclose large, fluffy clouds. Draw wavy lines across the surface of the water.

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How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge Step 10

Color your cartoon landscape featuring the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite its name, it is not really golden in color - it is painted an orange-red. This was an intentional part of the design, helping it fit in with natural scenery and making it visible to ships in the fog.

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