What we will be drawing

Welcome, and thanks for checking out the tutorial on how to draw a cylinder. This tutorial covers some core shading and perspective concepts that will help in other parts of your artwork.

How to draw a cylinder

Step 1

The next few steps will be mapping out our underdrawing. This one will be pretty simple, the hard work in the shading part of the tutorial.

Cylinder step 1

Step 2

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Step 3

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Step 4

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Step 5

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Step 6

OK so the underdrawing is done, let trace our lines in a nice dark ink and get rid of that underdrawing.

Cylinder step 6

Step 7

Now on the the fun part. We’re going with a bright red for these puppies.

Cylinder step 7

Step 8

We want to remove the line on the back of the cylinder that’s covered by the front.

Cylinder step 8

Step 9

Now let’s lay down a base colour for our cylinder. Choose whatever colour you like for this.

Cylinder step 9

Step 10

Let’s start shading. Add a soft dark shadow the length of the cylinder on the opposite side the light is coming in from.

Cylinder step 10

Step 11

Another smooth gradient shadow on the right side, not as strong as the left.

Cylinder step 11

Step 12

Now a soft highlight along the length of the cylinder to give it a reflective look. Feel free to use a reference drawing to get these shadows and highlights correct, its hard to do just from your imagination!

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Step 13

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Step 14

A shadow from the left and some soft light from the right along the top pretty much finishes up our shading.

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🎉 Finished Drawing 🎉

Thanks for following along! This wasn’t the most difficult drawing but covered some very important basics in perspective and shading. Thanks for reading and see you in the next one.

How to draw a cylinder

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