Learn how to draw the Golden Gate Bridge with this step by step tutorial. It gets a little easier when you keep it a silhouette.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the bay in San Francisco and is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of California. It is also possibly one of the most photographed bridges in the world.
At first glance, it might look a little complex to draw, until you think about it step by step. Basically, you will be drawing the road, adding the vertical posts, draping cables along the top, and finishing with lots of connecting vertical lines. Careful drawing is still called for, of course, which is true for any mechanical type of drawing, but the results will be well worth it.
When it comes to coloring, I recommend a permanent black marker and crayons. No need to worry about bleeding as the marker will make a nice black shadow even if crayons bump into it bit. And if you press hard and color carefully with warm colors over a deep blue ocean, you’ll end up with quite a sunset drawing of this famous California landmark.
- How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge (click to download a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw the Golden Gate Bridge
- Start with two slight arches for the base.
- Draw two vertical posts as shown.
- Add horizontal lines and Xs and a base.
- Draw two smaller vertical posts.
- Draw horizontal lines and Xs and a base.
- Draw cable lines draped on top.
- Start evenly spaced vertical lines.
- Finish the lines and add a horizon line.
- Trace with marker and color.