For the rockers, balladeers and bedroom bedroom strummers, knowing how to draw a guitar electric is essential. Breaking the basics down into easy-to-follow steps, you can learn to create a stunningly realistic guitar in no time! Let’s start with the basics:
Before you begin, make sure you have all the materials you need: A pencil, eraser, blank paper, colored pencils, and reference photos of electric guitars.
Sketching the Outline
Now you’re ready to get down to business. Start by sketching out a basic silhouette of the guitar. Using the reference photo as a guide, make sure to include the neck and body, as well as other details like the headstock, pickups and knobs. Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfect – that’s what the eraser is for.
Now it’s time to refine your sketch. Start by adding more detailed lines to the body and neck to create the 3D look. Then it’s time to add all the details, like screws, f-holes, strings, pickups and knobs. For a truly realistic look, use your reference photos for guidance.
Once you’ve finished sketching and detailing your guitar electric, you can start adding colors. Using colors that correspond to the look of your favorite guitar (or whatever type you’re drawing) is a great way to add realism to your work. And don’t be afraid to get creative – you can use brighter colors or even draw your design in a different style altogether.
Finally, it’s time to give your guitar electric that final polish. Go over your drawing with a fine-tipped marker or pen and add any last details or touches that you feel your design could benefit from. Once you’re done, your guitar will look like an absolute masterpiece!
The last step in learning how to draw a guitar electric is to add shading. Use your reference photos to get an idea of which areas should be darker and where you should apply lighter shades. You can also use colored pencils to create a more 3 dimensional look. With a little bit of practice, your guitar will soon be looking like a professional piece of art!
Deepening the Contours
Whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned veteran when it comes to drawing a guitar electric, adding in deeper contours to give it a more detailed and realistic finish is an absolute must. Make sure to use your reference photos as a guide while you deepen the neck, body and headstock, as well as any separate parts such as the pickups and knob.
After deepening the contours to give your guitar electric the detail it needs, you can now add the finishing touch – texture. This can be done in a few different ways, but the easiest and most effective is by using a fine-tipped marker or pen to create intricate stippling or cross-hatching. Have fun creating different textures and shapes to give your guitar electric a unique look!