Drawing has always been a fun pastime for children. From nature and animals to people and objects, drawing helps enrich their imagination and creativity.
Some prefer the sea, where boats are common subjects to draw. This guide shows how to draw a fishing boat in easy ways. The drawings will follow some simple fishing boat designs.
Drawing a boat doesn’t require mastery of it, but it is helpful to know the different types to determine which matches your preference.
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What to Prepare
- Drawing paper (a sketchbook is preferable, especially if the child likes to draw)
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Black marker (this is optional)
Boat Drawing Step-by-step
1. Body of Water
Vessel drawing is easy when you start with the waters. You can do this by adding squiggly or wavy horizontal lines on the bottom part of the paper. You can add as many lines as you want.
The wavy lines recreate the waves of the water—be it ocean or sea. Make sure that you use a blue crayon or colored pencil.
2. Body of the boat
Now, draw a boat on water. Start by forming the hull of the boat. For the unfamiliar, the hull is the bottom structure of the boat. It makes up the base, supporting the entire vessel.
You can place additional lines inside the body of the boat to mimic the texture of wood or wood planks.
From the hull or body of the boat, draw the cabin. It is rather easy as you just have to draw two vertical lines parallel to each other. Seal off the ‘opening’ with another line to serve as its roof.
A cabin is a part that serves as the ‘room’ of the boat. As boats are small by nature, some have equally small cabins.
Add the portholes or the windows of the boat. As the name suggests, these holes can be formed with ring shapes. These can also be rectangular, similar to the windows found in houses. You can add them to the cabin.
In some boats, the portholes look like mirrors with frames. There is a gold frame surrounding the window itself. You can add tiny crisscrosses on the frames to make it seem like they are sparkling from the sun’s rays.
4. Boom and Mast
Form pole-like structures from the hull, creating the mast. The mast can be on both ends of the boat. Afterward, draw another pole at a diagonal angle from the mast. You can see this on the right side of the picture. This forms the boom of the boat.
A mast is the vertical ‘pole’ that supports the boom. The latter is crucial to the boat as it helps sailors control the movement of the mainsail. Essentially, the boom can be adjusted to increase or decrease the speed of the boat.
The boom swings left and right, depending on the wind’s direction. Sailors rely on the boom to make the boat’s movements precise. In turn, the sail becomes easier for them.
5. Connecting Lines
To connect the two masts on either side of the boat, draw two parallel lines across them. You can also add thin lines connecting the mast to the body of the boat. This makes it look realistic.
6. Fishing Net
7. (Optional) Outline with a marker
If you want a bolder drawing, trace the lines and circles with a marker. This gives a stronger look to your boat. It is easier to color in as well once you have defined the shapes.
8. Color in the boat
Now comes the most fun part of drawing—coloring. For boats, there are no strict colors to follow. You can choose anything to color in the hull, cabin, and lifebuoy. Although usually, lifebuoys take on a vibrant color like bright orange so people can easily see them even at night.
Portholes can be white for the rest of the parts, or you can leave them uncolored. This creates an illusion of windows. The boom and mast can be dark brown, gray, or black.
For the water, it can be any shade of blue or even blue-green. You can add some shaded white circles to create ‘sea foam’ or bubbles and even tiny crisscrosses to imitate the sun rays glinting on the water’s surface.
There are many different boats that you can draw. Some of them are advanced for children but still doable. This can act as a challenge for them to stretch their abilities. Drawing these more difficult models also helps them learn more parts of the water vessel.
Here are some additional tips for doing drawings of fishing boats:
1. Get to knowf basic parts
Knowing the details of the object is the foundation of any drawing. It is easier to draw if you know about the smaller parts or, in this case, the boat’s parts and how they look.
2. Draw bit by bit
Watching video tutorials of fishing boat art may overwhelm you with how some artists do it. This is why you need to practice drawing each part first. By doing so, you are familiarizing yourself and learning to connect it with another part.
3. Look at images of other designs
Some fishing boat drawing posts seem complicated. But you can always look up vessel drawing ideas. Choose the ones that suit your preference the most. If you like what you are about to draw, it is easier to be motivated and execute it.
Learning how to draw a fishing boat in easy ways comes in handy, especially when you have children around. This helps them entertain themselves and, at the same time, get creative.
Boat drawing for kids is the same as drawing complicated designs for your purpose as well. You may be a teacher, a parent, an aspiring artist, etc. Knowing how to do it greatly benefits you. It also creates a good bonding time with the child.
Ten years of enjoying countless trips on boats never made me love them any less! So I am here to put all those experiences into good use for other boaters who want to have a safe and fun trip with their friends and families.