How To Draw Graduation Cap

Most people want to know how to draw a graduation cap to honor the graduating class of 2020. But, if you’ve ever tried to draw a traditional-looking graduation cap, you know it’s harder than it looks. Luckily, you don’t have to be an artist to create a gorgeous graduation cap. With a few quick, easy steps, your masterpiece can be the envy of everyone you know.

Section 1: Gather Supplies

Before you can get started, you’ll need to gather a few supplies:

  • Pencil
  • Erasers
  • Construction Paper
  • Ribbon

You should focus on finding strong, bright colors for your paper that will really pop when all is said and done. Any type of ribbon will do, though you should go for something that complements your paper colors.

Section 2: First Layer of Drawing

Now that you have the supplies you need, it’s time to start drawing your graduation cap. Start by sketching in the basic shape of the cap in pencil. It looks something like an upside down oval that comes to a point at the front.

You’ll also want to mark out where the ribbon sits against the top of the graduation cap. To do this, draw a line around the outside of the oval so that it stands out against the page.

From here, you’ll start refining the sketch in earnest. You want the shape to be curved perfectly, with none of the edges too sharp. Take your time at this step and keep erasing until you get the shape just right.

Section 3: Decorations and Details

This is the part of drawing your graduation cap where you can get really creative.

Around the outside of the cap, draw in tassels that would typically hang from the ribbon. Feel free to draw these as decorations, using circles, slashes, swirls and whatever else you comes to mind.

You may also want to add a motto or phrase across the front of the cap. This can be in cursive or written out in block letters.

It’s also a fun idea to draw in a mortar board team patch – whatever that speaks to your group. Once all of that is done, you’re just about ready to end this masterpiece.

Section 4: Finishing Touches

To finish your masterpiece, all you have to do is take your ribbon and paper, cut them out and glue them together.

Lay the ribbon across the top of the hat, then overlap the paper over the lines you drew earlier. Glue it all down to hold the pieces together.

And, that’s it! You now know how to draw a graduation cap and can show it off to everyone. The possibilities are truly endless, so have fun and make it your own.

Section 5: Inspiration

If you’re still having trouble coming up with how to draw your graduation cap, don’t worry. Look to some of the traditional graduation caps for ideas and inspiration.

Think of the mortarboard itself as the canvas and within it, work your ideas and creativity. Look for creative symbols, pictures and phrases that can help express the class’s experience.

Also think about meaningful words that really capture how you feel about completing a major chapter in life. That way, when you show off your graduation cap, people will know exactly what it symbolizes.

Robert Ortiz is an artist who has been writing about art and design for over ten years. His writing focuses on the creative process of art, from the conceptual to the material, and highlights its importance in our daily lives. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has also attended other prestigious art schools like Savannah College of Art and Design. He has a passion for exploring the boundaries between fine art, design, commercial work, and technology. His work extends to social media campaigns, website development, magazine articles, video tutorials and more.

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