Drawing Tutorial – Cartoon Airplane


Learn How to Draw a Cartoon Airplane in Two Point Perspective Part 1 of 5

Today we are going to draw an airplane. Let’s start with a rectangle in two point perspective. Before we begin we need to figure out where our horizon line and vanishing points will be. Sit back and think what kind of look you are going for.

We need to start with the square shapes and then we will round them up. As you hit the vanishing points think creatively what you are going to draw. Block objects with lose lines in perspective.

What we are going to do next is to use is to work with a different color pencil in that way we will be able to choose whichever lines we want to work with.

When drawing a circle in perspective, start with a rectangle, draw two diagonal lines to find the center and then start drawing the circle in perspective.


Learn How to Draw a Cartoon Airplane in Two Point Perspective Part 2 of 5

Let’s take another much darker pencil and start adding details. When you draw a circle in perspective start with a rectangle first, then you dissect the corners down to the middle in the center and try to pre-hand those points to draw the circle in perspective.

We hit some vanishing points and start to darken the drawing up a little bit. Whenever we add anything we always hit the vanishing points. It is very easy to draw if you follow that simple rule. On this side of the airplane everything hits this point, but on that side of the airplane everything hits that point.

Now we start rounding things up a bit and get some edges in. It is always a mix of straight lines and round edges to make creative drawings. Keep things loose even though we use a darker pencil.

Once again we will dissect the corners down to the center in order to draw a circle in perspective. As soon as it is done we can start adding curves to the straight lines.

Creatively let’s get some shapes in here and follow some of the line work we have carved in. Sit back and think what you can do to add some details in order to add some life to the airplane.

Let’s start to make some shapes on the top of the airplane. It is about adding creative details to the rectangles. Add some curves by dissecting corners down to the center in that way we will make sure that the curves hit the vanishing points and our drawing is in perspective.

We can add some final details inside of the airplane. As we move on we can see that circular curves work very well with the straight edges.

Let’s move on with the back of the airplane. It is very essential to hit the vanishing points!


Learn How to Draw a Cartoon Airplane in Two Point Perspective Part 3 of 5

Make sure that you have rectangles first and then you can add details and curves.
Keep adding some creative details and have some fun with that!

Let’s darken the edges underneath the airplane, slow down a bit and pick up the lines that we want to enhance. It is essential to get some confidence while you are drawing because it will give you better results.

Now let’s switch to the softer pencil because I’m not really sure where the wings of the airplane are going to be yet. I have a shape here, but I want to go over and revise it. Let’s see what we can do to get a circular shape for the wing.

Let’s block the wings and wheels of the airplane. If you know how to draw a rectangle in perspective you can basically do everything.

You have to be very careful when drawing curved lines in perspective. Dissect corners down to the center and then draw curves free hand.

Follow the rough lines when adding details to the drawing.


Learn How to Draw a Cartoon Airplane in Two Point Perspective Part 4 of 5

Now let’s switch to the pen. Gain some confidence and draw over the pencil lines to give some structure to the drawing. Look and think what kind of details you want to add. More you add now will look better later after you color the drawing. Think about adding some sense of depth to the drawing by working on the line quality and highlights.

Now we are ready to erase some of the lines. Get rid of the lines you don’t need. That is why we’ve used the pen to make the task easier. Later on you can scan your drawing and add lines on the computer or you can move on with your pencil drawing. Don’t be afraid of erasing lines because you can always get them back. Some of the artists erase so much that it looks like that there is almost nothing left, but in reality the lines that remain on the paper will give sense of depth to the drawing.

Let’s start do cleanups and knocking lines back in. Pick up the lines, simplify the drawing and add some creative details.

As you can see we use various pencils, pens and markers to make drawings and that is the whole point.


Learn How to Draw a Cartoon Airplane in Two Point Perspective Part 5 of 5

Now we can take a darker marker and start adding details. In order to build your confidence before you erase the lines you can scan your drawing and then you will have a reference what you wanted to draw and how you wanted it to look like.

With the marker hit the lines you like.

In order to add the propeller start with a pencil otherwise if you make a mistake with the marker it will be very hard to fix it.

Add some block shading to the drawing with a pencil to give some sense of depth and add some creative elements. Use your finger to blend it in.

Glen’s past achievements and work experience:

Nominated for a Prime Time Emmy Award for Director, The Looney Beginnings Warner Brothers / Steven Spielberg

Storyboard Artist DHX Media PPX Digital Shorts, Rainmaker Princess Charm School and Princess and the Pop Star.

Storyboard Artist Hugglemonsters, Doc McStuffins Disney Junior . Animatic Storyboards Pac Man 3D Series 2012.

Storyboard Artist Speed Racer TV Series Playing on Nick Toons. Storyboard Artist Stormhawks Episode 23, YTV.

Storyboard Artist, Ned’s Newt TV Series Corus Entertainment. Animation Director Tex Avery Series D.I.C. Entertianment.

Animation Director Fantastic Four Series and Title. Marvel Productions, Animation Director Hulk vs Doctor Doom, Universal Studios.

Animation Director Aladdin, Bonkers, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Disney TV. Animation Director Tiny Toons Adventures.Warner Brothers.

Animation Director The Zula Patrol 3D Maya Series NBC. Animation Director Hozehounds Seasons 2,3,4,5, The Family Channel / Disney

Animator Tales of Worm Paranoia, Cartoon Network. Animation Director Werner 3 Movie. Animation Director Hanna Barbera Productions.

Yogi Bear’s Treasure Hunt, Smurfs, Pup Named Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo, Flinstone Kids, Jetsons Movie, Snorks, Foofur, Johnny Quest,

Flinstones Meet the Jetsons, Hagar the Horrible. Animation Director Mixed Nutz Series PBS TV. Animation Director Chucklewood Critters.

Animator The Real Ghostbusters. Animator He-Man and Shera ,Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,Filmation Studios. Animator, The Prodigal Son Movie.

Animator Chipmunks, The Big Adventure Movie. Animator Curious George TV Series. Animator Frosty the Snowman Movie, Racoons,Care Bears.

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