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How to Draw a Cell Phone

Updated on February 28, 2013

You Can Draw This SImple Cell Phone - Yes, YOU!

This easy to follow, step-by-step drawing tutorial will walk you through the stages necessary to create a sketch or drawing of a cell phone.

I have taught many people to draw over the years - even those folks who thought they had absolutely no ability or talent whatsoever.

I know I can teach anyone to draw because I taught myself to draw. Sure, it was hard at first, but I kept at it every day over the last 50-plus years.

I promise it won't take you that long!

Now, I can draw just about anything. You can, too. All you need is a desire to learn, some perseverance, a pencil and some paper.

You can do this.

So, if you're ready, let's get started. Pencil all sharpened and ready? Let's go...

Step 1: Draw the Basic Shape

As with all my drawing tutorials, let's start by observing the basic shape of the cell phone.

Remember: All drawing is creating a whole bunch of simple shapes and combining those shapes. The shapes on this cell phone are almost ALL rectangles.

Note that it is sort of an irregular rectangle with rounded edges.

For this step, simply draw what you see to the right as shown.

Step 2: Add Some Basic Details

OK, now we're going to add a few key lines.

On the left side of the cell phone, draw a vertical line within the basic shape you have already drawn previously.

Be sure to follow the contours of the line you previously drew.

This step gives depth to your cell phone drawing.

Step 3: Draw the Buttons

In this step, you should draw a simple square to represent the screen as shown.

Next, start to add the buttons.

Note that these are just a group of evenly spaced smaller rectangles.

The biggest challenge here is to get the buttons evenly spaced. Keep trying until you get it where you like it.

It's OK to make mistakes in drawing - That's why they put an eraser on the other end of your pencil!

Step 4: Add Details to the Buttons

If you've made it this far - Congratulations!

You have finished the most difficult part of this drawing.

For this step, you're going to carefully draw in the numbers and other symbols that appear on the cell phone buttons.

Step 5: Draw Shading to Add Depth

Again, shading - especially when it is done correctly - really adds a sense of depth and reality to your cell phone drawing.

Make sure the tip of your pencil has a flattened point. To achieve this, simply rub the point back and forth across another piece of paper. The lead tip will wear down to a flat edge.

That flat edge is the magic point that makes shading easy.

For this drawing, simply add shading as shown.

Step 6: Add More Shading and Details

When you take a look at the screen of a cell phone, there is usually some sort of color there.

For our drawing, let's just add some light shading in there to indicate color.

You can see that I also added some ambiguous lines in there to indicate numbers and other information displayed.

For an added challenge, add your actual cell phone number instead of the ambiguous figures.

Final Step: Add the Finishing Touches

OK, I added a drop shadow to make the cell phone appear as if it's floating off the surface. This is accomplished by doing some simple shading in the same overall shape of the cell phone.

That's it -Step back and take a look. How does your drawing look?

Remember, drawing is simply making a bunch of shapes that fit together in a certain way. Drawings like this do look complex at first but are basically simple.

Its perfectly normal to get frustrated and draw something many times until you get it right. The fun of drawing is in the journey as well as the end result!

Guess what? - the more you practice, the easier drawing becomes.

I wish you the best with your drawing!


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    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Appsthatpayyou - Hey, thanks! That makes me feel like the Hub accomplished what I wanted it to do - inspire folks like you to take up drawing. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Heidethorne - you are so kind to share this with others. As a teacher, that makes me feel so wonderful that you think it good enough to share. I would love to see how it comes out when you try it. Like most human endeavors, drawing does become easy overtime and with practice. Good luck!

    • heidithorne profile image

      Heidi Thorne 

      5 years ago from Chicago Area

      MKayo, I'm sharing this with the rest of my mobile marketing pals on Twitter next week. Then maybe, just maybe, I'll get the nerve to try drawing this myself. I'll let you know if I do. You make it sound so easy!

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Peach purple - hey, you tried and that's what counts. Don't give up. If you keep trying you will get better each time. I am no more clever than you - I've just had years of practice at it. Thanks for the read and vote up!

    • peachpurple profile image


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Cool drawing tips. I did try draw the cell phone, everything went fine except the shading. It makes the whole picture looks fake...:( Anyway, thanks. Maybe i am just not clever as you. Voted up

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Wonder wool - you are do kind. Best of luck with the drawing!

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      Priyanka Estambale 

      5 years ago from United States

      This weekend I have lots of drawing to do! I'm loving it! Thanks to you :)


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