How to Draw a Boat on a Lake Part 2 – Draw and Shade the Boat

How to Draw a Boat on a Lake – Intro

How to Draw a Boat on a Lake – Part 1

How to Draw a Boat on a Lake – Part 2

How to Draw a Boat on a Lake – Part 3

Draw an Outline of the Mast and Boom

I decided I wanted to make the upward slope of my boat a little higher. This is also an excellent time to erase guidelines inside the boat. Our boat has several ropes connected to its spars. Sketch a rope near the bow. Then sketch ropes from the sides of the boat that meet at a point above.


Sketch a line connecting the ropes. I’ll refer to these horizontal spars as the boom. Near the middle of the boat, sketch a vertical guideline for the mast. Use a ruler to make the vertical guideline straight. Then make the other side of the mast, gradually converging at the top.


Along the horizontal guideline, sketch the two spars that make up the boom. There’s a slight curve to these, so I’m choosing to not use my ruler. Each one roughly begins with a curved end where the ropes meet and tapers almost to a tip at the other end.


There are several straps connecting these two spars. Draw them so they overlap the lines for both spars. Draw them with a slight curve to show that they wrap around. In addition, make sure to place straps where the ropes meet the spars.


Shade the Boom and the Mast

Now let’s add some shading to the boom. Shade between the straps from the previous steps. Try to keep the edges a little darker than inside the lines. With a kneaded eraser, carefully erase the guidelines inside the straps. After that, touch up the edges of the straps with a pencil, then lightly shade inside each of the straps. Finish up the boom spars by using a 4B pencil to put shadows along the edges of each spar. Place some shadows along the straps as well.


At the top of the mast, draw a little circle and two curved lines to represent one of the pulleys found here. Then put a little shading on each side.


With a ruler and a 2B pencil, darken the outline of the mast. Then, since sunlight is coming from the left, shade the right side of the mast. Now, I’m drawing a couple of little disk-like shapes to represent the other pulleys or connections found along the mast. I don’t need too much detail here. Using the ruler, draw ropes very close and parallel to the mast.


We are almost finished with the outline of the boat. We still need to add a few more ropes and some details to the stern and the inside. Oh yeah, we need a sailor too!

Draw Ropes and Extra Details to the Boat’s Outline

Use the ruler again to draw straight lines representing ropes going from the boom to the top of the mast. One line should connect on the boom near the front of the boat where the two ropes form a triangle. The other line should originate from the boom near the back of the boat.


Draw a short strip of rope hanging from the rear of the boom. Then, we’ll do some preliminary defining of the ropes by darkening their outlines. We will thicken these lines to make them look more like ropes soon enough.


I’ll devote the next few steps to adding some details to the hull of the boat before we get into shading. First, I’m sharpening the outline of the bow. Next, the stern of the boat should be pointy rather than flat.


Now, sketch a few basic shapes that make up the various things we can see inside the boat. A kneaded eraser can get rid of any stray guidelines. Then there is this little structure sticking up at the very back of the stern. Perhaps it is the tiller. Drawing some thin rectangle shapes will do the trick.


Add Details to the Inside of the Boat

Okay, now let’s draw a sailor in the boat. I’m doing this by erasing a spot for him and then starting to sketch a basic outline of the face. Then, I’m sketching some indications of a jacket and a cap. All we need here is a suggestive outline. We can keep it simple and still have it be enough.


Now add some shading to the sailor. Again, keep it basic and suggestive. Put a little more shading on the cap and the sunglasses. Add enough shading to shape the man’s clothes and arms. That should do it for our sailor.


Next, shade the objects we see on the inside of the boat. Begin by darkening the outlines. Remember, the sunlight is coming from the left, so emphasize the shadows on the right side.


Okay, let’s do something about these ropes. Starting with the lower ropes attached to the hull, draw a thin line parallel to each line already present to thicken the ropes. Do the same thing to the two ropes going from the boom to the top of the mast. Use a ruler to keep those lines straight.


There are ropes hanging over the edge of the boat’s hull that we haven’t yet drawn. Draw two short ropes near the man and a longer rope near the bow. Draw two additional lines running the length of the hull near the top.


Shade the Boat

Lightly shade the hull of the boat. Use horizontal strokes that also follow the upward curvature of the hull. Use a kneaded eraser to erase a thin strip at the front of the boat. Then shade beside the strip to sharpen its edge. Extend the edge up the top of the bow.


Use the side of your pencil to shade the stains going down the side of the boat. Make them thicker at the top and tapering near the bottom. Use the tip of your pencil to sharpen a few of the edges. Then, outline the overlap along the side of the hull.


Put dark shading along the top of the boat’s hull. Be careful when shading around the ropes. Keep your pencil marks between the lines as you shade along the boat. Make the shading just under the rim even darker for a cast shadow.


Continue shading the top rim of the hull. Keep the top rim a slightly lighter value than the dark part just below it. Use outlines to distinguish the black part of the hull from the white part underneath.


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