Sailing the seven seas is one of the most adventurous and liberating activities you can partake in, and if you wanted to do that then a sailboat would be your best bet!
These small watercraft can help you effortlessly glide across the ocean as you search for adventure.
Owning a sailboat isn’t something available to everyone, unfortunately, but learning how to draw a sailboat can be the next best thing.
By the end of this guide, you will know how to do just that!
We hope you have a great time sailing through this step-by-step guide on how to draw a sailboat in 6 steps.
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw A Sailboat – Let’s get Started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Next, draw another sheet for the sails
- Step 3 – Now, draw the boat itself
- Step 4 – Next, draw some details for the sails
- Step 5 – Now, finish off your sailboat drawing
- Step 6 – Finish off your sailboat drawing with some color
- 5 Tips To Make Your Sailboat Drawing Even Better!
- Your Sailboat Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw A Sailboat – Let’s get Started!
To get this guide on how to draw a sailboat going, we will begin with the sail first. You can start off by drawing the frame of the sail, which will be drawn using two straight lines very close to one another.
Then, we will be extending a curved line down from the top of this frame towards the base.
This will form the sheet of the sail. At the base of the sheet, you can add two more lines close to one another for the bottom frame of the sail.
Once you have drawn these, you are ready to continue to step 2!
Step 2 – Next, draw another sheet for the sails
Now that you have one sheet done for the sails of your sailboat drawing, we can add another one in this second step.
This sail will be similarly shaped to the previous one, except it will be reversed and won’t have the same vertical straight frame that the other one did.
It will also be smaller and lower down than the previous one was, but it will have a similar straight frame at the bottom of it.
Once you have drawn it and positioned it as it appears in our reference image we can move on to the next part.
Step 3 – Now, draw the boat itself
You’re finished with the ‘sail’ part of the sailboat, and now you can start on the ‘boat’ aspect in this step of our guide on how to draw a sailboat.
The boat will be seen from the top down, and to draw the outline you can use some curved lines for the side that culminate at the tip at the front. The back of the boat will be drawn with straight lines instead.
These outlines will then have a second outline close to those lines, and once you have that you can add some of the interior details.
These details will be drawn with some straight-edged shapes for the area sailors would be seated in along with some other details.
You can then finish off this step with two short curved lines at the front and back of the boat for the start of the base.
Step 4 – Next, draw some details for the sails
The next few steps of this guide will be all about adding the final details, elements and touches to your sailboat drawing.
For now, we will add some details to the sails, and these details will be quite easy to add! All you need to do is draw some slightly curved lines horizontally across the sails.
You could also decorate the sails with a different pattern if you would like to! What patterns can you think of for the sails?
Step 5 – Now, finish off your sailboat drawing
This fifth step of this guide on how to draw a sailboat will see you adding some final details and elements.
For this step, we will be using some curved and bumpy lines to show the water breaking underneath the boat. Once you have drawn these water details you have finished all of the details in the guide!
Before you move on, you can also add some details of your own to put your own spin on it. You could draw some people sitting in the sailboat or some different pattern details on the sails.
Perhaps you could also draw some dolphins or whales jumping out the water or draw a beautiful background for it.
These are just a few ideas you could go for and you should be sure to get creative and have fun with, so be sure to express yourself and see what happens!
Step 6 – Finish off your sailboat drawing with some color
For the final step of your sailboat drawing, you will be finishing it off by adding some amazing colors to your drawing.
In our reference image, we showed one set of colors that you could go for, but these colors are just a suggestion.
For this step, you should feel free to incorporate any of your favorite colors to really bring this image to life!
There are no limits to the colors that you could use for this image, so be sure to get creative with it.
Once you know which colors you would like to use, you can then decide on the art mediums and tools you will use to add them.
You could use some acrylic paints and colored pens for some brighter colors that pop. Some watercolors or colored pencils would be ideal for more muted and subdued colors instead.
Either approach would look amazing, so what do you think you will go for?
5 Tips To Make Your Sailboat Drawing Even Better!
Get this sailboat sketch seaworthy with these helpful tips and tricks!
With this sailboat drawing, we kept the focus on the sailboat itself. That means we showed only a bit of the water surrounding the boat.
If you wanted to add more context to this artwork, you could add more water and waves around the sailboat. These could be calm and tranquil or rough and dangerous.
It all depends on what sort of scene you would like, and anything you choose will look cool!
Once you have worked on the water, you could then add even more to the background of this drawing of a sailboat. Even though you are depicting the sea, you would have many options!
There could be some desert islands, sea creatures or maybe even a bigger ship in the background. What are some other features you could add to this artwork?
With this sailboat as it appears now, there are no people on it to enjoy the sailing. It would be a small detail, but it could be fun to add some people on the sailboat!
Depending on how big you made the boat, they could be detailed or look like small dots on the boat. How many people would you add to the boat?
We showed a nice design for the sail featured on this sailboat sketch, but this is an area that you could have a lot of fun customizing!
This is your chance to create your very own sail design to show what your dream sailboat would look like. This design could use any shapes, images or text that you like.
What should this sail look like?
Finally, you can finish it all off with some colors. We showed you some you can use for your sailboat drawing, but these are far from the only ones you can go for!
Choosing the colors is just the first step, and choosing the art tools and mediums is the next. Mixing colors and mediums for different textures and sections can also make it look even cooler!
Your Sailboat Drawing is Complete!
You have completed all six steps of this guide on how to draw a sailboat, and you have a great picture to show for it!
We hope that you enjoyed this drawing adventure, and that this guide made taking on this drawing fun and easy for you to do!
Then, you can take this drawing even further with your own extra additions and elements. We mentioned a few ideas like adding some people in the boat or a background, but this is your chance to get creative! How will you put your own spin on this drawing?
When you’re ready for more fun, our website is full of awesome drawing guides for you to enjoy. We upload new ones often, so be sure to keep checking in!
Once your sailboat drawing is complete, we hope that you will share it on our Facebook and Pinterest pages. We’ll look forward to seeing your artwork!