How To Draw A Lantern easy with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Simple drawing for kids and everyone.
Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below
You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below
The paper lantern that we will show you in this lantern drawing tutorial will be quite round. These lanterns will often hang in the air, casting a lovely soft light around them.
To start with this particular lantern, we will draw a circle.
To make this easier, one thing you can try is to use a drawing compass and colored pencils to draw a circle.
Using your brush, you can then give the circle a flat top and then paint over the rest of the circle.
This should end up with a shape like the one in our reference image. Then we’ll be ready to move on to the next step!
Step 2 – Next, draw some details for the lantern
You have now drawn the main outline of the lantern, so in this second part of your lantern drawing we can start adding some finer details to it.
To start doing this, you can first draw a small, thin rectangle over the top and bottom of the lantern.
Once you’ve drawn these rectangles, we’ll add some details to the inside of the lantern.
You can do this by drawing some pointed circles to create some shapes that look like petals.
These will be below the top rectangle and above the bottom one. The ones at the bottom will be slightly smaller than the ones above, as shown in our reference image.
Step 3 – Draw strings and tassels for the lantern
We mentioned earlier in this tutorial how to draw a lantern which these paper lanterns will usually hang in the air from a rope or a rope.
We’ll draw the string it’s hanging on along with some additional elements in this next step.
Drawing the wire should be easy, as all you have to do is draw two very close lines on top of the lantern.
Once you’ve finished drawing that rope, we’ll draw some small tassels hanging from the lantern.
They can be drawn with some wavy lines to show them hanging underneath the lantern. Once all of this has been drawn, we’re ready for the next step.
Step 4 – Now, draw some more details for the lantern
This step of your lantern drawing will see you add more detailed elements to the lantern. These lanterns usually fold outwards, and now we will draw the fold lines.
To do this, you can draw some curves on the body of the lantern.
They will be bent in a way to show the curvature of the lantern and the reference image will show you how to bend them.
Be sure to leave some space in the center, as we will further decorate that area in the next step.
Before continuing, you can also draw a bead tassel to connect the rest of the tassel you drew in the previous step.
Step 5 – Add some final details to your lantern drawing
We’ve left some space in the middle of the drawing in the last step of this lantern tutorial, and we’ll finish it now.
This lantern is in the style of a classic Chinese paper lantern, so we’ll finish by adding some Chinese writing to the front of the lantern.
This is the part where you will probably want to closely copy the reference image we provided.
Once this detail has been added, you are ready to continue! You can also add your own background image before continuing.
These lanterns are usually hung in bulk, so you can add lanterns in the background to go with this one.
How would you end this picture?
Step 6 – Finish your lantern drawing with some colors
This is the final step of this lantern drawing, and in it we’ll finish off by adding some lovely colors! Sticking to the theme, we used some bright red and gold to bring this lantern to life.
This creates a beautiful warm image and if you like how it looks you can color-reproduce your own painting.
There are so many great colors you can use, so be sure to use any other colors you might like!
If you choose lighter colors, then you can use mediums like acrylic paints and markers to bring them to life.
These are just some ideas, so what colors and mediums would you use for this?
Your lantern drawing is done!
We hope that you had a great time with this how to draw a lantern tutorial! Finally, you have completed a work of art with a beautiful elegant lantern.
Hopefully this tutorial will show you that creating this painting can be not only easy, but also fun to work with!
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