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How to Draw a Wooden Barrel

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Shawnte is an elementary school science educator and illustrator who enjoys sharing drawing tutorials with others.

Learn how to draw an old-fashioned wooden barrel in this easy, step-by-step guide

Learn how to draw an old-fashioned wooden barrel in this easy, step-by-step guide

Drawing a Wooden Barrel

I will be showing you how to draw an old-fashioned wooden barrel with just a pencil and a piece of paper. It's actually a very simple object to draw, and only a few basic steps are needed to create one. As always, it is my goal to provide artists with unusual yet useful drawing guides for miscellaneous objects. Let's get started!


1. Draw the Head

Draw the head of the barrel. From a bird's eye view, it is somewhat circular and oval-shaped. Since we have more of a frontal view of the barrel, draw a somewhat flat ovular shape at the top of your sheet as shown above.


2. Draw the Stave

Now, begin to draw the stave of the barrel. It makes up pretty much the entire body of the barrel. Draw two slightly curved lines from the base of the barrel head, going down to the bottom.


3. Add the Base

Draw the base of the barrel just below the two lines you added in the previous step.


4. Add the Top and Bottom Hoops

Draw the bottom and top hoops of the barrel. There will be several more hoops added later, but we're going to make a starting point for them by drawing the top and bottom ones first.


5. Add More Hoops

Now is the time to add the next three hoops. In this exact order, they will be known as the quarter, french, and bilge hoops. If you're asking why these hoops have names of their own, I have no idea and can't tell you the reason. I've wondered the same, but I guess that's just the names they were assigned when they first made barrels.


6. Create Stave Joints

The lines going vertically down all around the barrel are known as stave joints. Draw several stave joints all along your barrel. It's easier to draw three to start.


7. Add More Stave Joints

I have added more stave joints. We're almost finished with this barrel as you can see!


8. Add Details

Lastly, throw in some details. I drew in a little detail on the head of the barrel, in the center, and a little on the top and bottom hoops.

If you made it this far, congratulations! You have successfully drawn a simple barrel from scratch. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Barrel Poll


Jennylee on January 25, 2015:

You're on top of the game. Thanks for shginra.

Kassidee on December 30, 2012:

I don't think PewDiePie wold like this....