How to Draw a Cartoon Steam Train

Steam trains are one of the greatest inventions of our time, and combine functionality and a strange kind of beauty in one stylish creation. Why not play your part in celebrating the majesty of the steam train by bringing your own to life through the power of art? Let’s get started!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Start with a green pen and a ruler, and draw a long, thin rectangle in the top right-hand corner of your page.


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Fill this rectangle in using the green pen to create a solid shape.


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Now, grab an olive-colored pen and a ruler, and bring two vertical lines down from the bottom of the rectangle.


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Now, grab a gray pencil and a drawing compass, and draw a small circle in between the vertical lines. Add two larger circles, arranged in a ring, on the outside of this.


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Fill in the small circle in the center with a black pen…


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And then use a dark gray pen and ruler to draw two diagonal lines to the left, connecting these at the top with a curved line.


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Use a black pen to shade the outer ring of the circle.


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Add a series of shapes connecting the inside circle to the outside circle with the black pen, creating a wheel.


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Use the olive pen with the ruler to add a rectangle above this wheel.


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Shade the outside space, leaving a white rectangle in the center.


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Grab a yellow pen, and add a small arrow shape to the bottom of the top rectangle. Fill in the “arrow” section with the yellow pen. This is a bell.


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Use a gray pen and ruler to add a rectangle to the bottom of the olive section, behind the wheel. Extend the bottom left corner down slightly.


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Fill in this rectangle with the gray pen.


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Use a gray pencil and a drawing compass to add two small “rings” to the left of the diagonal lines.


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Connect these by using a gray pen to add two parallel, horizontal lines, connecting these to the diagonal lines to the side. Join these at the end with the left pen.


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Fill this shape in with the darker gray pen…


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And use a light orange pen to add color to the inside of the smaller rings.


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Use a black pen to shade the outside of these rings…


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And then use the black pen and a ruler to add a horizontal line to the side of the left ring.


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Bring a line up from this, and then across to the green section to create a rectangle.


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Fill in this rectangle with the gray pen…


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And then use a red pen to add a curve to the top of this, around halfway across, and then a ruler to connect this to the green section to the right. Add a vertical line down from this.


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Fill in this new shape with the red pen.


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Use a black pen to add a thicker curve to the left of this shape…


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And then use the olive green pen and a ruler to bring a line across at the top, and curve it down, just as you did with the red pen.


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Fill this section in with the olive pen.


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Use the thicker black pen to add another curve to the end…


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And then use the gray pen to add a small, horizontal rectangle to the top left-hand corner of the larger gray section.


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Now, use a red pen to add a slightly flared shape to the end of the gray section, and add another, slightly angled, shape to the side of this.


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Fill in the gaps in between the red strips with a yellow pen.


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Now, use the gray pen to add an angled shape to the bottom of the red and yellow sections…


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And use a gray pen to add a curved shape to the front of the train.


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Grab a yellow pen, and bring two lines up from the top of the olive green section. At the top, angle each line out towards the top corners, and then join them in the center with a straight line.


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Fill this shape in with the yellow pen.


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Use a black pen to add a line to the top of this…


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And then add a small half circle shape to the front of the train. Fill this in with the yellow pen.


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Use a gray pen to add a small square to the top of the red section.


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Add a long, thin rectangle to the middle of this with the black pen, and then add a half-circle shape to the top.


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Use a light blue pen to add a cloud to the top of the chimney…


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And fill this in using the blue pen.


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And then add another, larger cloud to the side of this with the blue pen.


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Use a black pen to add two small circles, with curves on the top, to the white section.


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Shade these small shapes, leaving just a small dot to the sides…


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And then use a light brown pen to add a wavy line below this.


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Add a shape to the bottom of this with a pink pen, and then use the pink to add spots of color to the cheeks.


And there we have it – a super cool, vintage steam train. And like all good steam trains, she really needs a name.

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