How to Draw a Simple Cello

A must-have in any orchestra, the cello is a majestic instrument and offers a deep, rich sound that is instantly recognizable to the trained ear, and which forms an essential base for many popular pieces. Whether you are a music fan, or just fascinated by how these instruments come together, read on to learn how to bring your very own simple cello to life.


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Start with a black pen, and draw a small “bell” shape at the top of your page.


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Add two small shapes to the top curve of the “bell”, with one on each side.


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Take a black pen and a ruler, and bring two straight lines down and out at an angle.


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Connect these two lines together with a straight line at the bottom.


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Grab a thinner black pen, and use the ruler to add a series of vertical lines running down the length of the shape.


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Using the thinner black pen, add four short horizontal lines just underneath the “bell” shape, and add small circles on the end of each.


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Extend the thin lines down below the bottom of the shape.


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Next, add a long, horizontal rectangle to the bottom of these lines.


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Take a black pen, and add two lines descending from the bottom corners of the rectangle, angling inwards towards the bottom of the page.


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At the bottom of these lines, bring two straight vertical lines down towards the bottom of the page.


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Add a short horizontal line across the bottom of the shape…


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And use a black pen to bring up two curved lines, one on each side, curving across, out, and then back in – like the bottom of a figure 8.


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Spike the lines out on both sides, and then bring a curve back in.


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Finally, bring the lines up on both sides, out and back in to meet the central section of the cello.


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Use a black pen and ruler to add another horizontal line around halfway up the body of the cello.


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Add two shapes on either side of this – the one on the left a classic “S” shape, and the one on the right a backward “S” shape.


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Take a brown pen, and use this to shade the shapes at the top on either side.


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Then use a brown pencil for the central section of the cello, and the area at the bottom.


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Finally, use an orange highlighter pen to fill in the main body of the cello.


And just like that, you have your very own majestic cello, ready to make incredible music! Which piece will you choose to play first…

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