How to Draw a Tent – Part 2

How to Draw a Tent – Intro

How to Draw a Tent – Part 1

How to Draw a Tent – Part 2

How to Draw a Tent – Part 3

How to Draw a Tent – Part 4

How to Draw a Tent – Part 5

Shade the Front and Top of the Tent

Shade One of the Rolled-Up Doors


Now that we have completed the line drawing of the tent, we are going to devote the rest of our time to shading. We’ll start by shading the front and top of the tent.

You will notice that I grabbed a sheet of paper to rest my hand on. I do this often when I shade, because otherwise the side of my hand rubs directly against all of the pencil tones produced on the paper by all of my shading, and I would end up with a disappointing mess!

Let’s look at this rolled-up door first.

For now, we are going to keep using our 2B pencil for the start of the shading process.

Often when I shade, I begin by darkening the original outline. Let’s do that here. You’ll also notice that we continue to add even more details that we didn’t have in the outline.

Since this is a rolled-up door, draw some twisted lines coiling around to represent this. Sketch additional folds in the fabric as needed.

As you work your way down the door, begin shading the lower portion and the part of the tent next to it.

Then work your way back up. Shade along those wrinkles on the rain fly you lightly sketched earlier.

Finish up this first rolled-up door by darkening the tones just above the door, where the rolled-up door casts a shadow upon the rain fly next to it.

Shade the Other Rolled-Up Door


Keep using a mix of light and dark tones as you shade above the tent’s opening. Work your way to the other rolled-up door.

Just as with the first door, darken the original outline of this door too. Sketch in some additional details in the form of folds and twists. 

Make a dark shadow along where the rolled-up door meets the rain fly, just like you did before. 

Pay very close attention to how you are shading. Be careful. You don’t want to shade everything the same tone. Notice how the lights and the darks work together to create the illusion of the folds in the fabric of the door. This becomes easier with practice.

Darken up the door tie back here. Keep looking for other areas of the rain fly and other parts of the tent that are pulled and stretched and need additional shading to reveal that.

After the door tie back, keep working your way down the rolled-up door, shading in the same manner you began. 

Remember that design element on the other side where the tent is a darker color at this corner? Well let’s make sure to put that here too.

Finish Shading the Front and Top


With a very, very light touch, softly shade the front of the tent above the opening. Use a slight zigzag or diagonal motion and stop short of shading beyond the line representing the pole framing the tent. This light tone represents the light colors of this portion of the rain fly, and we don’t want to drown out those wrinkly tugs in the fabric that cling on to the pole frame.

Now shade just to the left of the pole line and darken the pole line just a bit. This is to better define the abrupt shift in tones that we should see as we look from one section or plane of the tent to another.

Next, softly shade along some of the earlier sketched pull lines on the top right of the tent, just to bring them out a little more. Add a few additional pulls too. All of these lines should be going in a loosely horizontal direction, or at least horizontal or parallel in relation to the top of the lower rectangular side of the tent.

How to Draw a Tent – Part 3

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