How to Draw a Hammer and Nails

Next time you take out a hammer to carry out some simple DIY, take a moment to appreciate the incredible tool you hold in your hand.

The first hammer we know about dates back almost 3.3 million years – proof that our long lost ancestors had the skills, knowledge and ability to create and use tools in the same way we do now.

Apart from the change in materials – the first hammers were more likely made of stones, bone and animal skin – the basic design has changed very little in the intervening years, meaning that the humble hammer deserves far more credit than we may initially assume.

Now, it is time to add your contribution to the history of the hammer – read on to learn how to create tour own drawing in just a few short steps.


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 1

Get a blank sheet of paper and a black pen. You could even use a ruler to draw the straight lines. We will start with a simple “stretched pentagon” shape, located roughly in the center of the page – this needs two parallel , diagonal lines, joined at the bottom with a straight line, and meeting in an “arrow” point at the top, which points towards the top left hand corner of the page.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 2

Next, add two lines to the bottom corners of the pentagon – these need to head vertically straight down, and be around a quarter of an inch in length.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 3

Join the two vertical lines together at the bottom with a straight line, and then add a similar vertical line coming from the very tip of the “arrow point.” From here, bring another straight line down and across, at roughly a 45 degree angle, stopping when you are level with the bottom of the “arrow.” Add another similar line from the bottom corner, coming across around a quarter of an inch. The end result should be almost a “coffin” shape, with a gap along the bottom line. Finally, draw a small, curved line, facing downwards, on the side of the shape.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 4

Now to add the handle. Start at the curved mark you just made, and bring two lines down from either end, running parallel to one another. Bring these almost to the bottom of your page, and add an “oval” shape to join the two lines together – this is the bottom of your handle!


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 5

In addition to the hammer itself, we will need some nails! Start by drawing a few circular and oval shapes to the right hand side of the hammer. You can also draw crescent shapes and semicircles – we will build these to turn them into nails in just a moment.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 6

From the tops of the nails you just drew, extend two parallel lines down or across, ending in a sharp point. These can cross and cover each other as you wish – the goal is to look as though you just dropped a handful of nails down ready to be used.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 7

Now, let’s bring things to life. Start by adding a warm brown to the bottom of the handle, and along the right hand edge of your hammer, stopping just before you hit the center line. Use a brown pencil for this step.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 8

Fill in the rest of your hammer handle with a bright yellow, experimenting with tonal shading to create a unique effect.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 9

Add a silvery-grey shade to the head of your hammer; again, have fun playing with pressure and blending to create a super realistic finish, and don’t worry too much about staying strictly in the lines.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 10

To the right hand side of the head of your hammer, draw a very faint outline, which follows the size and shape of the edge. Repeat this along the handle, so that a very faint shadow emerges.


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 11

Add a steely silver to your nails…


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How to Draw a Hammer and Nails Step 12

And finish by playing with tonal shading to emphasize the shadow cast by your object. You can also blend and soften the colors of the handle to create a more realistic effect.


And in just a few short steps, you have done more than simply learn to draw a hammer and nails – you have also had a chance to play with blending and shading, shadows and softer edges, to give your work a more realistic feel, and really bring your drawings to life.

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