For most of us, a wallet is an essential part of our daily lives – but not necessarily something which is given too much thought. Did you know, however, that the first wallets were used not to transport cards and cash, but to deliver meat from place to place?
Fortunately, things have moved on somewhat since then, and we can now use our wallets to store our important items, rather than the steak for tonight’s dinner. So, what are you waiting for – let’s get on with learning how to capture this crucial item in drawing form.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Begin with a simple, straight horizontal line, around an inch from the top of the page, and an inch and a half from the left hand side. The line should be just over two inches in length.
Next, move to the left hand corner of the line you just drew, and draw another line, slightly shorter, heading vertically down, at a ninety degree angle, leaving a slight gap at the corners. Repeat this with another line at the bottom, and a third line on the right hand side – here, leave a gap in the middle, as well as at each corner. You will end up with a rectangular “box”, with gaps in each corner, and on the right hand side.
Move to the top line on the right hand side, and draw a tiny, horizontal line just above the bottom.
Follow this with a slightly longer, horizontal line at the top of the bottom section. This should match the length of the mark you just made on the right, but extend out slightly longer to the left.
Extend the mark you just made up and over in a semicircle shape, which ends at the top of the “gap” between the two lines. Follow this with another vertical line, to the right of the drawing, which is roughly the same length as the semicircle you just drew.
Join all of the parts of this section together with curved lines, giving you the clasp of your wallet!
Close up the lines in the corners of the shape with similar curves, resulting in a solid, strong outline.
Add a small circle to the clasp, tucked inside the semicircle – this is the button or popper used to secure the wallet when it is not in use.
Return to the top line, around halfway across, and draw three straight lines, heading up diagonally at a 45 degree angle.
Then, add smaller diagonal lines, heading in the other direction, to join the tops of these original lines. Leave small gaps rather than closing the shape completely.
Add curved edges to close the gaps, just as you did with the main shape. These are one of the most important aspects of your drawing: cash and credit cards!
Now for a little detail; add two semicircle shapes to the middle of your wallet, and a straight, short line just below this in the center.
Add a semicircle to the bottom of the straight line, and a bumpy shape, like a bird outline, to the middle of this – your wallet now has a smiling, cheerful face!
Fill in the section at the top of the mouth with a black color, leaving the tongue exposed and smiling.
Now add an arm to either side of the wallet, with three waving fingers on each hand – this doesn’t have to be anywhere near realistic!
And don’t forget to give your wallets some thin black legs too.
Add a small border to the inside of your wallet, with short, repeated lines to represent the stitching which keeps everything together securely.
Go over the stitching you just drew with a brown shade, and add a thicker brown line to the left hand and bottom edges of the wallet.
Make your money stand out with a bright green shade, and make sure that the edges are clearly outlined with a strong black. Then, add a small semicircle just below the mouth, for a little extra detailing and to enhance the happiness of the smile.
Now add a golden or yellow color to the popper or button…
And color in the tongue with a bright, vibrant pink to make it really stand out!
Shade in the main body of your wallet with a light orange or brown color – you can also choose your favorite shade, or copy your real life wallet color.
Return to the green cash poking out from the top, and add a border to the inside of each note, with a solid, unbroken black line.
Finally, add a little final detail to the money by adding a solid, filled in black shape to the top corner – this would display the denomination and amounts in real money.
And in just a few short steps, you have crafted your very own wallet drawing to observe and enjoy – why not experiment by changing the cash to cards, adjusting the color or, if cash is tight, even playing with a grumpy looking wallet instead of a happy, smiley chap waiting to spend spend spend? The choice is yours!