How to Draw an Anchor

Updated on January 9, 2017

An Anchor is Simple and Easy to Draw

Before I begin with the drawing tutorial, I like to give you some interesting information about anchors. As a working professional artist for almost 50 years, I have learned that it helps to become familiar with your subject before draw. Trust me, it really helps.

There are basically two main theories about the origin of the anchor. The first theory states that as primitive man learned that a log would float, he knew he could ride that log and float as well.

Soon man learned that strapping two or more logs together worked even better and could carry more people or cargo. At some point on one of those early rafts, some guy figured that the log raft needed to stop. A light bulb appeared over his head and the idea for an anchor was born.

The other theory is that the gods endowed primitive humankind with the skill of seamanship, which also included basic information on anchors. Archeologists are still looking for that first anchor owner's manual.

The first anchors were likely made out of stones which could be drilled for connecting the stone to a rope or line. In the early days before metal working, high-temperature furnaces and mining came into widespread use, metal was difficult to work with and far too precious to be used as material for an anchor.

As humankind progressed and technology allowed easy working of metals, the modern day iron or steel anchor was developed. Today there are basically four types of anchor in use. These are the Navy, Plow, Danforth, and Mushroom style anchors.

The type of anchor we will be drawing today is a Navy kedge type anchor.

So, enough of anchor history 101. Let's start drawing.

Get a pencil and a pad of paper and let's begin...


Step1: The Basic Shapes and Lines of an Anchor

With any drawing, you always want to start with a few basic shapes and lines.

Drawing an anchor is simple if you just follow along with these easy to follow steps.

First, draw a straight vertical line that goes up and down. This is the shank.

From that line, extend a shorter horizontal line about one-fourth of the way from the top of your vertical line. This is the stock.

Next, draw a slightly curving line at the bottom of the vertical line. These are the flukes.

Finally, add a smaller circle at the top of the vertical line. This is the ring.

These are the basic shapes of a kedge type anchor.


Step 2: Add Some Basic Details

For this step, we're going to add a few more foundational details.

On each end of the stock, add a small circle as shown in my drawing.

Toward the bottom, on the curving line, we're going to draw two points like an arrow. These are the flukes of the anchor.

In the center of the curving line (flukes), add a small point. This will be the crown of the anchor.



Step 3: Add Some Weight to Your Anchor

For this step, you're just going to add some weight and dimension to the anchor.

To do this, simply make an outline around the basic lines you drew in step 1.

Study my drawing, or an actual picture of a kedge anchor, and try to draw your lines as you see there.

Notice that I have left the initial guidelines in the drawing. We'll make use of these later.


Step 4: Finish the Basic Outline

As you can see by my drawing over to the right, I have outlined the entire anchor.

I have also strengthened these lines by bearing down on my pencil a bit harder. This gives a strong, solid outline for the anchor.

On some areas of the stock and flukes, I have added some additional shading to give the anchor some depth and dimension.


Step 5: Finishing Touches

For the last step, I wanted to add one additional item: a strong rope.

To draw this rope, simply make a light outline of where you want the rope to be positioned in your drawing.

I added some small lines all along the length of the rope to appear as the winding strands.

Take note especially of the places where the rope appears in front of and behind the anchor.

This is not difficult to do if you simply pay attention to exactly what you're drawing.

Remember, erasers are on the other end of a pencil because people make mistakes. If you make a mistake, simply erase it and begin again.


SO, how did you do? Are you satisfied with the appearance of your anchor drawing?

If it doesn't look perfect, that is totally natural. Drawing is a learning process in which future ability is based on the number of previous drawing experiences. Simply put, that means you're going to get better with each drawing.

Practice every day and you will get better. After 50 years, I still practice sketching or painting every day. And every drawing or painting is imperfect. no matter how good I get - even after 50 years - I still see imperfections in my art. So, if your drawing isn't perfect, you're in good company.

If you liked this drawing tutorial, I encourage you to try one of the many other drawing tutorials I have on HubPAges. The links for some of them appear below.

Good luck!

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        Josh 4 months ago

        That's was actually so easy . I found it very easy to draw the rope

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        Lance Brinkmeyer 4 months ago

        Was very easy because if found what i do best when i draw which is steps. But had trouble with the lines for the ropes when the turn came up i had trouble adjusting them

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        lacie kilgore 5 months ago

        I feel like this really tout me something with the steps and element of desighn

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        Isabella 6 months ago

        I feel like you should give us the step by step for the rope as well, because I found the rope the most challenging thing, and by the looks of the poll, others are right there with me.

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        Ari 8 months ago

        Wow this was so simple thank you very much :) :) :)

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        Nicolle 11 months ago

        I had trouble on adding the rope and doing the bottom part of the drawing- kinda what holds up the anchor.

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        Faye 13 months ago

        Thanks for helping me draw an anchor. I paint but don't draw. You are very helpful thanks again. I will keep checking your sight

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        BPO 14 months ago

        great job MKayo

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        Frank 14 months ago

        Great ! I wish that I can show you, when done. I'm going to paint it on old wood, and hang it on my patio, at pool side.

        Thank you much


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        Ji ji 18 months ago

        I love it!!!

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        MKayo 19 months ago

        Timmy - hey, keep trying. It took me a long time to learn to draw but I practice every day. You can do this!

        Lara - great! For some folks it's easier.

        Thanks to both of you for reading this article! M

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        Lara 19 months ago

        Dang!Thats so easy like it blew my mind my mom was so happy!

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        Timmy 20 months ago

        I love the anchor drawing!! I tried but failed

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        MKayo 2 years ago from Texas

        Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to go through my Hub, FatBoyThin! Hope you enjoyed it. M

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        Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

        This is a really neat method - love the step-by-step process. Great tutorial and great Hub.

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        Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

        Wow, I said when I fisrt saw your art talent. Then I stay reading how you do it. Thanks again genious mind. Blessing to you again.

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        Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        anytime MKayo.

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        MKayo 3 years ago from Texas

        Wow, thanks for the visit and for the kind words, erorantes! Glad you liked it. M

        Kristen - thanks for the vote up! M

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        Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

        I like the anchor. You do it the easiest way. I like that about your talent. Congratulations for what you draw. I am sure. You have many pictures. I am looking forward seeing you other art work. Blessing to you. Thank you for your beautiful hub.

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        Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Very nice awesome sketch hub. It looks so easy to do. Voted up!

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        MKayo 3 years ago from Texas

        You're quite welcome. Thanks for the comment!

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        Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

        I love it when I find what I'm looking for on HubPages! =) Thank you for the tutorial.

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        MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

        Thanks for the kind comments. Glad you liked it!

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        Tolovaj 4 years ago

        Beautifully presented. I believe even somebody like me, with two left hands, can draw an anchor or similar item. Thanks for the explanation of the origin of anchors as well:)