How to Draw a Cartoon House

How to Draw a Cartoon House

When we think of cartoons, we often think first of the characters. The environment, however, can be just as important.

Think of Goldilocks and the three bears - the story wouldn't have been the same without the bears' house, where everything was either too much, too little, or just right. What about the gingerbread house that Hansel and Gretel found, the little old woman who lived in a shoe, Nemo's anemone, or even the pineapple under the sea that houses the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants? Without the houses, these and other stories would simply not be complete.

Would you like to draw your very own cartoon house? Doing so is simple and easy when you use this step-by-step drawing tutorial.

You won't need any special tools or skills, only a pencil and a piece of paper. You may want to have an eraser handy to correct any mistakes, and some colored pencils, markers, or crayons to shade your finished picture.

As you follow this drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, new lines added in the current step are highlighted in blue. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along.

Steps:

Step 1

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 1

Begin by drawing a parallelogram, or slanted square.

Step 2

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 2

Draw a curved line to the left of each of the diagonal lines.

Step 3

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 3

Erase the diagonal guide lines.

Step 4

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 4

Draw two curved, parallel lines extending diagonally from the corner of the parallelogram.

Step 5

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 5

Draw another curved line parallel to the first two. Connect the lines using short, straight lines.

Step 6

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 6

Draw a straight line extending downwards from each of the three visible corners of the roof. Connect the lines using straight lines.

Step 7

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 7

Draw a curved line parallel to the diagonal line of the roof. Extend a short, straight line from each of the corners, and connect these using a long, straight line.

Step 8

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 8

Erase the guide lines from the roof.

Step 9

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 9

Draw a straight line across the bottom of each wall of the house.

Step 10

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 10

Enclose a partial oval shape on the front of the house using a long, curved line. This will form the door.

Step 11

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 11

Draw a rectangle extending upwards from the roof. Draw a short, straight line extending diagonally from the bottom of the rectangle. Draw a straight line upwards from this point, and connect it to the rectangle using a straight line. This will form the chimney.

Step 12

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 12

Draw a straight line across the top of the chimney. Draw three short, curved lines from this line to each of the corners of the chimney.

Step 13

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 13

Erase the guide lines from the chimney and from the door.

Step 14

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 14

Draw a series of wavy, scalloped lines across the roof to indicate shingles.

Step 15

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 15

Draw two short, straight lines in the middle of the wall. From each line, extend two straight lines upwards. Connect these lines using a curved line. These enclosed shapes will form the windows.

Step 16

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 16

Draw two sets of overlapping, perpendicular lines across each window. Draw a series of straight, vertical lines across the door. Draw a small circle to serve as the door knob.

Step 17

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 17

Draw a circle within a circle above the door to form another window. Draw a number of irregular oval shapes of various sizes between the bottom of the house and the line on the wall. This will texture the house's foundation and represent stone.

Step 18

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 18

Draw two sets of curved, perpendicular lines across the circular window. Draw two long, curving lines above the chimney, meeting in a point on each end. This represents smoke rising from the chimney.

Step 19

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 19

Place your house in a lovely setting. Draw a series of curved lines in the sky to represent clouds. Use a series of connected curved lines to form the horizon line near the base of the house. Extend a set of curving lines from the house's door, forming a walking path. Draw several more sets of connected, curved lines to indicate tufts of grass.

Step 20

How to Draw Cartoon House: Step 20

Color your cartoon house. Be creative!

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