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How To Draw a Cabin in the Pines

teacher avatar John Anderson, Artist / Adventurer

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Intro & Tools

    • 2. Sketching

    • 3. Filling in with Pen

    • 4. Adding Details

    • 5. Cabin in the Pines Project

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About This Class

If you are just getting into drawing or want to learn a new skill, line drawings are a great way to start!  This class will show you how to draw an A-frame cabin surrounded by towering pine trees.

This easy cabin drawing is for young and old alike. If you are an artist, (or wannabe artist!) it is a great way to explore your creativity and try something new. It also can be a fun drawing to teach to children or grand kids, keeping them busy but still learning! Drawing is a great way to expand your creativity.

You will learn:

  • What tools I like to use for making a simple drawing
  • How to sketch your drawing out before putting the pen to the paper
  • How to add little details

You will be creating a quick and easy cabin drawing using the basic tools. A pencil, pen and paper.

John likes to draw, he’s been drawing since he could hold any drawing utensil! He has filled many sketchbooks ranging from simple shape drawings to detailed outdoor scenes and fun castle drawings. His favorite type of drawings to create are the fun little knights and castles that you can learn to draw in his class How To Draw A Simple Medieval Castle. These simple line drawings can be quick and easy or be made into just about any size and complexity you want. And they look great framed too! 

Even if you’re new to drawing, you’ll find this class quick and simple to get you creating.

If you liked this class be sure to check out these:
How to draw mountains:
How to draw a simple medieval castle:
How to draw Broadway Tower:
How to draw a medieval scene:
How to draw simple trees:
How to draw pine trees:


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1. Intro & Tools: Hello and welcome back to another simple line drawing class and this class, I'm going to teach you how to draw a cabin in the pines. Let's quickly go over what you'll need for this class. You can just grab a sheet of paper drone. You can use, uh, sketch pad like this, where you can use a large art book like this is what I'm going to be showing you part of today. You can use a number two pencil, a mechanical pencil. This is 0.5 point seven, and you'll also need an eraser and whatever type of any of your Easter you like to use, your also going to need a little ruler for making straight lines on the cabin that we're gonna draw. You're also going to need a felt tip pen. This is just a fine pen. There's a lot of different styles and types of these pens available. Just pick one that you like to use. You can try different types and see which one you like as your favorite. So we have a number two pencil, a mechanical pencil. Either 0.5 point seven is what I use a lot and we have an eraser on a small ruler for making straight lines for our cabin and will use a small felt tip pen for making those fine lines. Really? Just pick your favorite pencil or pen that you like to draw with, and you can start there. 2. Sketching: All right, so we're gonna grab our fine pencil. I like to use a mechanical pencil for starting out. You can use a number two pencil if you want to. That works as well. Just keep a good, sharp tip on it, and we're going to start their first step of the ground. This just gives us a baseline to start off of for our cabin. We're gonna do a frame cabin for a frame. We're just gonna make a simple triangle. Keeping the triangle is even as possible. We can straighten up our lines later. We're gonna add few details here just to give us an idea. So we're gonna do some windows and doors, so we have door in the middle, and then we've got some angular windows That's a basic a frame cabin next, going to do the trees and these air big putting trees for this, They're going to be kind of ah, long arrowhead looking shape. And you're gonna make Jaggi branches as pine trees don't have leaves. Necessarily there. Pine needles. Few scruples like this gives us an idea of the tree. So just add a few little scribbles inside the tree. If you were drawing, um, bear for or animal for That gives us the texture that we're looking for. We're gonna add another one over here. What's that to on this side? Let's add our chimney on the cabin. Then we can start filling this in with our find Ted pen. But I'm gonna add a few more pine trees to this to fill it out just a little bit more. It's always a good idea to sketch it out with your pencil first before you start drawing. That gives you a better idea of how it's going to turn out before you put the ink to the paper. Okay, now we have our sketch finished. We can go ahead and grab our friend tipped pen, and we'll start on that next. 3. Filling in with Pen: All right, so let's go ahead and start flying this in with our felt tip pen. I'm going to start out with the cabin because that is the main feature. And I want to get that looking nice and crisp. I'm just going to use the ruler, make a nice straight line on the cabin, and then the front board that is the facia board on the cabin and do the same thing on the other side. And then we're gonna make the bottom a nice, crisp line to we're making a little thicker. Mikel, our doors and windows line up with the roof. We're gonna do them in the same angle. Helps. If you have a sort of clear ruler, you can see through the new wind to start your line. All right, so there's our windows to the bottom of our top window, top of our door and the side. As long as you keep your ruler straight for each of your lines. Though marriage now to find our middle of our door, just gonna make a little dot like that. That way we can line up our ruler. You can see I have a little bit of a shadow here, so that helps mean lineup to where the middle of the door is. There we go. We'll add in our chimney up here. This doesn't have to be perfectly straight. Now let's start cleaning or pine trees again. We're just gonna start from the top worker weight down and still give it those Jaggi lines like we were doing before. Gives us the branches texture, and then you could just go along where you had scribbled in before. You can add a few extras, and this just gives us the branches texture inside the tree. I found it easier to start from the top and work your way down. That way it works out better for my trees. Otherwise, when I'm working my way up, I don't always end up going to that point. So it's easier to start from that point and work your way down again. We're gonna add these branches on the inside, working our way around the tree. I found it easy to start with the back tree, and whatever is in front doesn't matter if it's career, whatever you're drawing. But if you start with the back, then when you draw the thing in front, those lines will overlap, and it gives you a better perspective when your final joined. All right, so we're just going to keep working on these trees and work on these trees on the other side and fill them in the same way we did the others once we finished the trees, then we just have a few small details left. 4. Adding Details: all right. Now that we have our trees finished, can do a little bit of ground shading here gives us more depth to the photo. We're also gonna shade under the cabin and in little details on our cabin. Citing that goes across the cabin. This makes it look like a log cabin. They're gonna go up a little bit at a time, making each of these little rows of sighting. This keeps us all in a straight row, all the way across front of the cabin. I want to add a little more down here to the base of the cabin. Me or look more like a foundation that a thicker bottom board. Once you have all the main stuff done, you can go back to you and add little details here and there. All right, we're gonna add a little bit of detail on the windows, These air, just little streaks like this that make it actually look like glass. Do that on the door as well. Make him look like glass doors. And there you have it. You have finished off your cabin, drawing once. You've let your ink dry on the paper a little bit. You can go back with your eraser and any pencil marks you have. You can clean those up now you're ready to draw your own cabin and let's go get started on the project. 5. Cabin in the Pines Project: for the project. We're gonna draw a simple A frame cabin, and we're gonna put three pines next to it. So just draw your base when you start with a simple triangle for a frame cabin at in the doors, the angled windows and just make three simple pine trees remember to make the shaggy branch is sort of like for on a bear and working your way down from the top. So you have a definite top point and then filling in the middle to give you an idea of branches. When you come back with your pain and add one more on the other side, we're just gonna do three plane trees On this project. You can add in other details like a chimney and then get started with your felt tip pen and start outlining. The cabin can do our windows. Remember to keep your ruler parallel so your lines all match up. Then we can go ahead and do our citing. Do the chimney detail we can add in our window marks and working your way down from the top . Work on the pine trees, get the branches all filled in, and we're almost finished filling our last pine tree here. Then we'll get all the shaggy branches on it. Looks like that and just finish out our groundwork, A little shading in front of the cabin. This is a pretty simple drawing. It's pretty fun to dio every once in a while when you have some free time, and then once it dries off, just erase your pencil lines. Is your upload a picture of your project once you've done one? And thanks for watching how to drug tab in the pine.