Learn how to draw a Pickup Truck with this step by step tutorial. It starts with some basic shapes, but adds up to one classic looking truck.
The world of transportation offers a huge amount of inspiration, so if students have been drawing lots of organic things lately, try mixing in how to draw a pickup truck. An old-fashioned one with simple shapes can appeal to young artists of all ages.
This one is especially easy as the main shapes fall right on the guidelines, so they can’t help but draw a truck that fills up the entire page.
For some extra fun, have students add some seasonal things in the truck bed. Flowers, pumpkins, Christmas trees, you name it. The more colorful it is, the more eye catching their drawing will be. Scroll down past the directions for an example of a pickup that was finished with watercolor paint.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in a horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the cab shape lines up on the center vertical fold line, half way from the top to the bottom. It’s important to draw that shape large so students end up with a truck that fills their paper.
When students get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done. Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper. Having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the pickup truck drawing project.
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Materials for How to Draw a Pickup Truck
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions for How to Draw a Pickup Truck Step by Step
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Draw a Pickup Truck in 9 Easy Steps
- Draw the cab shape as shown.
- Add the front end.
- Add the back end of the truck.
- Draw half circles for the wheels.
- Erase the gray line and add curved lines.
- Draw two wheels tucked inside.
- Add a window and pumpkin in the back.
- Finish with a ground line and the sky.
- Trace with a marker and color.