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How to draw a barrel

Updated on November 2, 2012

In this hub, I will be showing you how to draw a good old-fashioned barrel with a pencil and paper. It's actually a very simple object to draw and using my tutorial, there are only 7-8 basic steps to follow in all. As always, it is my goal to provide artists with unusual yet very useful guides on drawing various miscellaneous objects. I hope you enjoy this guide. Feel free to share it with friends and family if you like it.

Once you are ready to begin, you can begin on the first step below. Be sure you have a pencil and paper handy as well. :)

Step 1

Draw the head of the barrel. From a bird's eye view, it is somewhat circular and oval shaped. Since our barrel is at more of a frontal view, draw a somewhat flat looking ovular shape at the top of your sheet as shown in the image on the side. :)

Step 2

Now, we will begin to draw the stave of the barrel. The stave is makes up pretty much the entire body of the barrel. Draw two slightly curved lines from the base of the barrel head, going vertically down.

Step 3

Once you draw the outline of your barrel stave, draw the base of the barrel just below the finishing of the lines.

Step 4

So we have a basic barrel shape as of now. Next, draw the bottom and top hoops of the barrel. There will be several more hoops in this barrel but we're going to make a starting point for them by drawing the top and bottom ones first.

Step 5

Now, we will draw the next 3 hoops of the barrel. In the exact order, they will be known as the quarter, french and bilge hoops. If you're asking why these hoops have labels of their own, I have no idea to be honest with you. I've wondered the same, but I guess that's just the names they were assigned when they first made up barrels. :p

Step 6

The lines going vertically down all around the barrel are known as stave joints. Draw several stave joints all along your barrel similar to my example in this step. It's easier to draw 3 to start.

Step 7

I have added more stave joints to the ones I already drew in the previous step. We're almost finished with this barrel as you can see. :)

Step 8

Lastly, throw in some detail if you like. I drew in a little detail on the head of the barrel, in the center and a little on the top and bottom hoops.

If you made it this far, congratulations! You have successfully drawn a simple barrel from scratch! I hope you enjoyed this. Feel free to comment down below or share this with loved ones who want to learn to draw. :)

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      Jennylee 2 years ago

      You're on top of the game. Thanks for shginra.

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      Kassidee 5 years ago

      I don't think PewDiePie wold like this....