Of all the instruments in an orchestra, the cello is perhaps the most distinctive, offering a deep, rich tone to any piece, and earning its place with a variety of stunning solo options, haunting tunes, and amazing creations. Without further ado, let’s celebrate this magnificent instrument by creating our very own!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Begin by taking a black liner, and using this to add a shape to the center of your page – this should almost have a “V”, with the bottom curled, and the top curving over to form a “scroll” finish.
Continue the bottom line of the “V” up to meet the section at the top, and add a “pointed horseshoe” shape to the right of this, creating a “three-pronged” shape. Add a circle, with a dot in the center, to the edge of the “scroll”.
Now, add four lines emerging from the side of the shape – two on each side – and add small circles to the ends of these.
Now, take the ruler, and draw an “L” shape beneath this initial drawing.
Add a curved shape just to the right of the “L”, almost like an extended, backward “C” shape, with the top curving upwards slightly.
Use the ruler to bring a line down and out at a slight angle from the right of the original shape. Repeat this on the left, but leave a slight gap in the middle of this. Connect these lines at the bottom with a straight, horizontal line.
In the gap on the left, curve the line across and down, connecting it to the top of the bottom line with a straight horizontal mark. From this straight line, bring the line out to the left at a curve, then head down, flick out, and back in.
At the bottom of the flick back in, bring the line down, out, and curving back across.
Leave a slight gap, and then continue the curved line to the right, back up, and slightly outwards.
Bring the line in and out, as on the left-hand side, and curve it up to connect to the straight lines you drew earlier. This completes the outline of the body of the cello!
Now, add two small circles just below the top of the body of the cello, one on either side of the “backwards C” shape. Add small flicks to the top to create eyelashes.
Add a long, horizontal rectangle to the center of the body, and then a second, shorter shape to the left of this, at a slight angle. Connect the bottom left-hand corner with the right-hand side of the first shape using straight lines.
Now, add a “triangle” shape to the body below this, but make the bottom point slightly square rather than pointed. Add another line to the left of the left-hand line, unconnected at the bottom.
Now add a “ring” to the very bottom of the shape, and draw a long, thin point emerging from this.
Return to the bottom of the “triangle”, and add a curved line from this point, connecting to the right-hand side of the shape.
Now, add two short lines extending inwards from the “flicks” on the right-hand side of the body…
And connect the ends of these with another curved line. Add a second “outline” to this, extending this all the way up to the top of the body, and then add a curved line from the bottom right-hand corner of the “flick”, down towards the bottom of the body, connecting with the line to the left of the “triangle”.
Continue the “inside outline” you just started, this time adding a line to the bottom of the body of the cello.
Continue this line so that you have a clear line running around the entire inside of the body, to the left of the main outline.
Next, take a black pen and add two “S” shapes to the center, on either side of the shape you drew earlier – the right hand “S” should be reversed.
Take a black liner and a ruler, and draw a series of lines moving from the “triangle” at the bottom, up the body of the cello, to connect to the “horseshoe” at the top – these will be your strings!
Next, take a black liner, and draw a hand emerging from the right-hand side of your cello…
Before repeating this on the left-hand side!
With a black liner and ruler, add two vertical, parallel lines to the left hand of the cello.
Now, use the black liner and ruler to add a third line to the right of these, and connect the tops and bottoms with a slightly curved line.
Now for some color! Take a yellow pen, and use this to fill in the outline around the edge of the cello.
Switch to a blue pen, and fill in the section at the top, the “triangle” at the bottom, and the ring.
Grab a cyan pen, and add curved lines to the top of the eyes…
Before using a black liner just below this, leaving a slight dot in each eye.
With a pink pen, add two small circles to create blushing cheeks.
Use a black liner to add a cheeky smile just below the cheeks…
And use a red pen to fill in the tongue at the bottom.
Now, use a pink pen to fill in the rest of the mouth…
And a brown pen for the sides ad bottom of the body of the cello, as well as the center of the bow. Add a brown to the curves at the top and the bottom of the bow.
Take an orange pen, and draw two curved shapes, following the bottom of the body. Fill in the rest of this section with the orange, leaving these areas white.
Use an orange highlighter pen, or a light orange pen, to fill in the empty shapes…
And complete the spike at the bottom with a cyan pen.
Now, use the cyan pen to add color to the top part…
And an orange pen to fill in the area at the top.
Grab an orange highlighter pen or light orange pen for the section in the middle, at the top of the cello.
Use a yellow pen to add more detail to the middle of this section…
And fill in the hands and the rest of the top section using an orange pen.
Grab a cyan pencil, and draw a circle underneath the cello, before filling this in.
And voila – you are ready for your first concerto! Which classic tune will you bring to life first?