It may not seem like it at first glance, but the humble garbage truck plays a significant role in our lives, and is one of the most important vehicles in our society! In just a few short steps, we will learn how to bring our very own cartoon garbage truck to life: let’s get started.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Begin with a gray pencil and a ruler, and draw a straight, horizontal line around an inch from the bottom of your page.
Take the gray pencil, and use a drawing compass to add a small circle, with the central point on the line you just drew, around half an inch from the left-hand end of the line.
Use the gray pencil and drawing compass to add two more lines, one around an inch from the right-hand end of the line, and the other an inch to the left of this.
Take the gray pencil and drawing compass, and add another circle around each of these smaller ones, leaving you with a “ring” shape.
Next, use the gray pencil and drawing compass to add another circle just outside the ones you just drew, creating another, thinner, “ring”.
Use a black liner to add a series of small lines connecting the outside circle to the inner ring.
Now, use the black liner to connect the ends of these lines in alternate shapes, creating a series of square or rectangular shapes around the outside of the ring.
Use a black pen to fill in these straight-edged shapes, and the inside section of the circles – leave the inner circle blank for the moment.
Next, use the eraser to remove any pencil lines from around the outside of the circle, as well as the original line.
Take a gray pencil, and use this to carefully shade in the inner circle.
Take a gray pencil and ruler, and draw a horizontal line just below the top of the rings, connecting the middle shape to that on the left-hand side. Extend the line out very slightly past the left-hand ring.
Now, turn your attention to the ring on the right-hand side, and draw a straight line pointing up at a 45-degree angle from the top of this shape. Then, add another line at a 45-degree angle from this line, this time pointing up towards the top left-hand corner of the page.
From the top of the line, you just drew, add another horizontal line, this time stretching across the top of the circles towards the left-hand side of the page.
Use the eraser to remove the line sticking out on the right, leaving you with a sharp corner.
Now add a curved line on the left, connecting the two lines here.
Take the gray pencil, and shade in the shape you have just created.
Now, use the ruler and pencil to draw three lines to the left of the shape – these should form a “rectangle”, but with the corners unconnected for the moment.
Join the corners of these lines with a slight curve, completing the shape…
And use the same gray pencil to fill in the color.
Now, take a light green highlighter pen and a ruler, and add the color to the right-hand edge, before taking the line out horizontally to the right.
Use the light green highlighter pen and ruler to extend the line up vertically…
And then add the highlight to the top of the gray shape, in two separate lines.
Use the orange pen to add a shape to the left-hand side of the main drawing, with straight-edged and a curved top.
Use the light green highlighter pen and ruler to add a line connecting the bottom of the orange shape to the gray shape beneath it, and add a green dot to the top.
Use the green to add three lines to the center of the shape, heading up towards the top of the page.
Add another line to the right, this time slightly angled upwards…
And connect this to the lines you drew on the right-hand side earlier.
Now, add a series of horizontal lines to the shape you just created, forming a “ladder” look.
Add another, slightly shorter, line to the left of the first line…
Before connecting the top of the orange shape to this latest line with the green highlighter. Add a horizontal line from the bottom of this, connecting the shapes at the top and the bottom.
Use a green pen to draw a short, horizontal line just above the one at the very bottom…
And fill in the space with a light green highlighter pen, leaving the darker green clear and visible – this will be the cab of your truck.
Use the gray pencil to add a tall rectangle to the space between the cab and the rest of the truck, and shade this in with the gray.
Use a black liner and a ruler to add two vertical lines pointing up from the top of this gray rectangle, making the right one slightly taller than the left.
Use the black liner to add a curved line, bending to the left, to the tops of these straight lines, and connect these at an angle.
Use the black pen to fill in this shape, making it solid…
Before using the green pen and ruler to add a series of connecting lines to the top of the truck.
Use the light green highlighter pen and the ruler to go over the existing line at the bottom of the truck…
And then use the green pen and ruler to add lines to the inside shapes.
Fill in these shapes with a green pencil…
Before using a black liner to add two semicircles to the cab at the front of the truck.
Now, add two oval shapes just below this for eyes.
Add two smaller dots inside these circles, and use the black to fill in the space around these.
Take a gray pencil, and add a “U” shape beneath the eyes…
Filling in the top of this with a brown pen – leave a small section at the bottom white for the moment.
Now, fill in that section you just left using a pink pen, and add two pink oval shapes to either side, creating a smiling mouth and rosy cheeks.
Finally, erase the pencil marks on the mouth to complete the design.
And there we have it: your very own cheeky, friendly garbage truck! Why not do some research to see which items you can recycle to help do your bit, and make your truck even happier?