Step-by-Step: How to Draw a Guitar
Somewhere deep inside them, everyone has the potential for drawing and creativity. It is a great feeling to draw something with your own hands, and have your work be admired by others.
My hope is to help kids and adults draw their favorite things step by step! Mostly everyone loves musical instruments, especially guitars. In this article, I am going to give a brief history of guitars, then show you how to draw one step-by-step.
What Is a Guitar?
A guitar is a stringed instrument usually played by plucking or strumming. It is classified as fretted, string instrument. It can have four to eighteen strings, but most often it has six. To play a guitar, it is plucked by a musician's fingers, thumbs or fingernails, while the other hand presses the frets to alter the sound. Traditionally, this instrument is constructed from wood. The strings are usually made from animal sinews, nylon or steel strings.
History of the Guitar
The history of the guitar can be traced back over approximately 4,000 years. Before electric guitars were developed and there were no synthetic materials, guitars were described as instruments with a long, fretted neck, a flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with inward-curving sides.
The guitar is thought to have been invented in Malaga, Spain. The earliest form of this instrument was called the "four course," because they had four strings and were very small in size. It is also said that the guitar evolved from the lute, or even of the ancient Greek kithara. Antonio Stradivari, a violin maker, is credited as the father of guitars.
Types of Guitars
There are two main categories of guitars:
- Acoustic guitars
- Electric guitars
These two groups are further divided into subcategories, these being:
Subcategories of the Acoustic Guitar
- Classical guitar, also known as the nylon string guitar
- Steel string guitar
- Arch-top guitar, also sometimes called the jazz guitar
Subcategories of the Electric Guitar
- Hollow-body guitars
- Arch-top guitars, used for the jazz, blues and rockabilly genres
- Solid-body guitars, mostly used for the rock genre
Lets Start Drawing!
After sharing some useful, important and interesting information about guitars, I think it's time we begin drawing.
- Lead pencil
- Pencil sharpener
- Colored pencils, or some other type of coloring instrument
- Markers, if you want to add detail
First, draw two overlapping circles. Make sure one circle is slightly smaller than the other. This will be the body of the guitar.
Draw a long line through the middle of the circles. Then, draw the sound hole as two concentric circles around the intersection of the straight line and the larger circle.
Add three perpendicular lines along the straight line: one in the middle of the big circle, and the others close to the top and bottom of the body of the guitar.
Next we will draw the basic shape of the guitar neck and head. Draw a long, narrow rectangle for the neck, and a shorter, slightly wider rectangle for the head.
We will start shaping the guitar body now. Draw a line cutting through the upper circle above the sound hole, and two lines close to the sides of the large circle.
Draw two straight lines close to the top of the guitar body.
Erase the circle lines outside of the short lines we made in the previous two steps.
Next, draw slightly curving lines where you just erased the circle lines. These new lines should be "flatter" than the old ones. Also, draw small circles for the tuning posts on the head, and a small rectangle for the bridge.
Erase the extra lines inside. The guitar outline is now ready.
Let's add some detail. Add a small rectangle that ends in small ovals for tuning pegs. Also, make six tiny circles for the bridge pins.
Draw six guitar strings from the bridge pins to the tuning posts.
Finally, add the frets, pick guard, and round off the top of the head of the guitar. Your drawing is ready for coloring.
Color your guitar.
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