How To Draw a Lighthouse

In three simple, easy to follow steps Quickdraw will teach you how to draw a cartoon lighthouse with a bright shining light. This drawing idea is suitable for children aged five and older. All we need to begin is a trusty pencil, marker pen, and some colours. Follow the YouTube video and instructions below. And don't forget to share your illustration with your family and friends!

Art materials needed:

A plain sketchpad to draw on, a sharp pencil to draw with, an eraser to rub out messy lines, a black marker pen to go over pencil lines, and a bunch of colouring pencils or felt tip pens to add a splash of colour!

  • How to draw a lighthouse step 1

    First up guys, two straight lines. These will be our lighthouse walls. But here’s the thing, the bottom must be wider than the top. 

    To do this, we’ll use a pen at an angle like this and then once again but tilted the other way. 

  • How to draw a lighthouse step 2

    Our lighthouse will be set upon some coastal rocks. And beneath those, the choppy ocean waves. 

    The rocks can be curved softly like this, and the top of the waves has more of a sharp, curved line.

  • How to draw a lighthouse step 3

    Back up top, above the main tower rests a section called the gallery. This is where the lighthouse keeper watches over the ocean. 

    This shape will be a square with a triangle rooftop. 

    Some window frames in our gallery to hold the glass window panes in. 

  • How to draw a lighthouse step 4

    Now we can divide the main lighthouse tower into sections, which is typically painted in thick red and white strips. 

    How does the lighthouse keeper get from top to bottom? A small door like this. 

    Each of these levels will have its own window. So if you want to add in windows all in a straight line you can use a ruler or pen like this. 

    Now we have a guide to work with. And in go the windows. 

    Lighthouses are famous for having a strong beam of light shining out into the ocean. This tells ships that they are close to the rocks so they don’t crash and sink. 

    And how about a pair of seagulls? Circling the sky for a sighting of fresh fish in the water below. 

  • How to draw a lighthouse step 5

    This should be simple enough - there are mainly straight lines on our lighthouse and not too much detail to cover. 

    Trace over each pencil line with your black marker and take as much time as you need. 

    Once you have drawn the entire lighthouse, it’s beam of light and the seagulls rub out the pencil lines underneath carefully. 

  • How to draw a lighthouse step 6

    Alright, which section to colour in first. How about those rocks at the bottom of our lighthouse. They can be grey, brown or black. 

    Next up, the window panes up top in the gallery, and whilst we’re at it, those small windows in the long tower. 

    Some bright red for the tower strips. We can leave the others white. 

    Then lastly, the blue waves of the ocean and some strong yellow for the lighthouse beam of light. 

    Awesome job guys, see you next time! 

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