Anyone Can Draw a Trumpet
As a drawing teacher, I've taught many people who believe themselves to be completely devoid of artistic talent. Some claimed they couldn't even draw a straight line! But I'll let you in on a little secret: I've been making a living as an artist my whole life, and I still can't draw a perfectly straight line.
Anyone can learn to draw if they just spend a little time and effort trying. 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 basic parts. You may also want to study a picture of a trumpet for reference.
The Parts of a Trumpet
Take a moment and study the diagram that lists 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 of sheets of paper and begin!
1. Draw the Basic Shape
Any complex or challenging subject, like the trumpet, is composed of simple, basic shapes. Draw a hotdog shape with a straight line on top, as shown in the drawing.
2. Establish the Trumpet Shape
Add to the basic skeletal lines you drew in the previous step. Add the bell shape on the right.
3. Draw the Valves
The rectangular shapes positioned in the middle of the trumpet are called valves. A trumpet typically has three of these. To draw these, just think of long rectangles.
4. Draw Finger Buttons
Think of these finger buttons as three capital letter "T's" sitting on top of the valves. Don't forget to draw the mouthpiece as well!
5. Add Details
Draw the first valve slide, the second valve tube, and the third valve slide as shown. On the lower part of the trumpet toward the front, add the tuning slide detail and the water key.
6. Sketch More Details
Draw in the finger rings on the top of the third valve slide and next to the top of the valve chambers. Then, add the finger hook on top of the first valve slide.
7. 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 to try drawing what you see in my drawing or reference a photo of a trumpet and draw what you see.
The hard part about drawing is not in your hands. The hardest part is getting your hands, brain, and eyes to communicate and work together as a finely-tuned instrument. As they learn to work together at first, they teach one another. As you draw more and more, they learn to work together as a single unit. Frustration plays a big part in this process.
Like anything worthwhile, learning to draw is going to take dedication, time, and consistent practice if you want to get better at it. 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 for a while can see something in their head and put that onto paper.
I have been drawing every day for the past 50+ years. There are a 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!
cool on April 15, 2020:
this was very helpful
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THE GIRL on November 18, 2019:
THIS WAS VERY HELPFUL THANK YOU
Jsjsjss on April 05, 2019:
Thanks so much! Worked very well for me!
MKayo (author) from Texas on June 27, 2013:
DDE - thanks! Hope you found it helpful!
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 27, 2013:
A great idea of how to draw a trumpet, you taught me a simple way