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How to Draw a Trumpet

Updated on June 26, 2013

Even Complex Items Like This Trumpet Can Be Easily Drawn: No Talent Required

Many of the people I have taught to draw over the years have told me that they really don't have any raw artistic talent - some claimed they couldn't draw a straight line.

Well, I have been making a living as an artist my whole life and I still can't really draw a perfectly straight line.

My point is that anyone can learn to draw if they just spend a little time and effort trying. That's the reason I keep making more of these drawing tutorials on HubPages. I believe that everyone has at least a bit of innate drawing ability.

For this drawing tutorial, the subject is a trumpet. It's a rather complex drawing challenge and , if you don't know the parts of a trumpet already, it will require you to familiarize yourself with the various basic parts. You may also want to study a picture of a trumpet - you can find one easily online - just enter "trumpet" into the search field on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.

The various parts of the trumpet
The various parts of the trumpet

Take a moment and study the diagram that lists all the various parts and sections. I'm going to refer to these areas in my instructions as you work your way through this tutorial.

When you're ready, grab a pencil and a couple sheets of paper and let's begin...

Step 1: The Basic Shapes

Any complex or challenging subject - like the trumpet - is made up of simple, basic shapes.

For our first step you'll want to draw a hotdog shape with a straight line on the top as shown in the drawing to your right.


Step 2: Establish the Trumpet Shape

For this step, you're going to add to the basic skeletal lines you drew in step one.

Add the bell shape on the right.


Step 3: Draw the Valves

Those 3 rectangular shapes positioned in the middle of the trumpet are called valves. A trumpet typically has 3 of these.

To draw these, just think long rectangles.


Step 4: Add Finger Buttons

Think of these finger buttons as 3 capital letter "T's" that sit on top of the 3 valves.

Draw the mouthpiece as well.

Step 5: Add Detail

Draw the 1st valve slide, the 2nd valve tube and the 3rd valve slides as shown.

On the lower part of the trumpet toward the front, add the tuning slide detail and the water key.


Step 6: More Details

In this step, draw in the finger rings on the top of the 3rd valve slide and next to the top of the valve chambers.

Also, add the finger hook on top of the 1st valve slide.

Add the Final Details

All that's left to draw now is the soldered connection seams, shading and reflections.

This is probably the most challenging part of this drawing tutorial. My best advice to you is try to draw what you see in my drawing (to the right) or look at a photo of a trumpet and draw what you see there.

The hard part about drawing is really not in your hands. The hardest part is getting your hands, brain and eyes to communicate and work together as a finely tuned instrument.

Like anything worthwhile, learning to draw is going to take dedication, time and consistent practice if you want to get better at it.

Frustration plays a big part in this process. You see, as your eyes, hands and brain are learning to work together in the beginning, they're actually teaching one another. As you draw more and more, these 3 learn - or teach themselves - to work together as a single unit.

If you can stick with it for a time, this brain-eye-hand combo becomes a single unit. The good thing about that is those who have been doing this awhile can literally see something in their head and put that onto paper in the form of a drawing.

I have been drawing everyday for the past 50+ years. There are few things I cannot draw easily anymore.

You can be that good one day if you stick with it and practice just a few minutes each day.

Best of luck with your drawing!


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      MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

      DDE - thanks! Hope you found it helpful!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great idea of how to draw a trumpet, you taught me a simple way