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How To Draw A Cruise Ship | in 8 Easy Steps

Here’s how to ace the perfect drawing of a realistic cruise ship using eight simple steps! This engaging tutorial will not only teach you how to sketch this robust vessel, but also how to enhance it with the use of background elements and color.

A cruise ship is a large boat used to transport passengers on various kinds of journeys. Cruises are meant to be relaxing, scenic and fun for all guests.

This is probably why most of these ships often feature ameneties including pools, parks, dining lounges and sometimes even concert halls. That’s a pretty good indicator of how big these oceanic vehicles can get.

What you will need

  • A4 sheet of paper
  • Pencils (HB, 2h and 3b)
  • An eraser
  • A ruler (optional)
  • Coloring kit
  • 30-35 minutes
Complete process

how to Draw a Cruise Ship 

I recommend studying the outline before you begin drawing. This is a great way to get yourself familiar with each step beforehand! Also, make sure you have all of the required drawing tools with you. Because this drawing is fundamentally a combination of shapes put together, a ruler and eraser will definitely be needed!

How to draw a cruise ship
Outline all of the steps

Step 1: Draw the cruise ship body

Start by flipping your paper in a landscape orientation to gain more drawing room. Tackle the cruise ship’s body first, seeing as you will be adding all of the other components onto it later on.

Draw an inverted trapezoid in the middle of your paper. To achieve this shape, you’re going to have to draw a horizontal line at the base of the paper first. Then, draw two diagonal lines from each end of the horizontal line. These lines should be slanted outward, and the line on the left should be longer than the right.

Finally, draw a horizontal line on the upper side to close the structure. As the slanted lines are of unequal lengths, there will be a slope in the middle of the upper line, as shown in the image below.

  • Flip your drawing paper in a landscape orientation to ensure more space
  • Draw an inverted trapezoid in the center of your drawing paper
  • Make sure your shape matches the one in the image below
How to draw a cruise ship body
Draw the cruise ship body

Step 2: Draw Two decks

The decks are the upper part of the ship that’s usually seen above water. This is where passengers go out to get some fresh air, take in the oceanic views, and make use of the amenities.

To complete this step, draw a long horizontal rectangle on top of the ship’s body for the first deck. Because we’re adding two, draw another rectangle above it. Ensure the upper one is smaller and has diagonal sides, and you’re good to go!

  • Draw a long horizontal rectangle on top of the ship’s body for the first deck
  • Add the second deck by drawing a smaller rectangle above the first one
  • Ensure the smaller deck has diagonal lines on the sides
How to draw Two decks of a cruise ship
Draw Two decks

Step 3: Draw two smoke stacks and wind tower

Draw two wide vertical rectangles next to each other on top of the right side’s upper deck. The length of both of these rectangles should be the same to execute a sleek design. Add a little horizontal rectangle on top of each smoke stack to cap it off and make it look a bit more realistic.

Lastly, draw a thin vertical rectangle on top of the left side of the upper deck to represent the wind tower. You want to make sure the length of the wind tower is longer than the two smoke stacks, as this is how it often appears on real-life ships.

  • Draw two rectangles on the right side of the upper deck for the smoke stacks
  • Draw a vertical rectangle on the left side of the upper deck for the wind tower
  • Ensure the wind tower is longer than the smoke stacks for a realistic look
How to draw two smoke stacks and wind tower of a cruise ship
Draw two smoke stacks and a wind tower

Step 4: Draw windows on the Two decks

The decks usually have several rooms on them to provide passengers with scenic views of the ocean, so they’re a great addition to consider for your cruise ship sketch!

To add the windows, draw a series of small rectangles within the width of both decks. Draw nine small rectangles that are all the same size and aligned on the same spot on the bottom deck.

Then, draw six small rectangles on the upper deck that are relatively the same size as the ones added to the bottom deck. For this deck though, draw three rectangles next to each other on the left, and three next to each other on the right.

  • Draw nine small rectangles on the bottom deck for the bottom windows
  • Draw six small rectangles on the upper deck for the top windows
  • Make sure the top windows have three on one side and three on the other
How to draw windows on the Two decks of a cruise ship
Draw windows on the Two decks

Step 5: Draw the railings on the main body

To add this cool safety feature, draw two horizontal lines parallel to the upper line of the main body. Then, draw several vertical lines connecting these parallel lines to the main body of the cruise ship. There should be a short gap between the vertical lines for a neat design.

  • Draw two horizontal lines above the upper line of the main body
  • Add a series of short vertical lines between the main body and horizontal lines
  • Ensure there’s a small space between each vertical line for a neat design
How to draw  railings on the main body of a cruise ship
Draw railings on the main body

Step 6: Draw the main body windows

The decks are not the only part of a cruise ship that contain rooms. Seeing as cruise ships often transport thousands of passengers at a time, there are also rooms below deck, and these rooms require windows, as well.

So for this step, draw a total of nine small circles along the center of the main body. To avoid making them too clustered, separate the circles in a pair of three. Draw three circles next to each other on the left, three in the middle, and three on the right, and you’re good to go!

  • Draw a total of nine small circles on the center of the main body
  • Separate the circles in a pairing of three to avoid overcrowding the space
  • Draw three on the left, three on the center and three on the right
How to draw main body windows  of a cruise ship
Draw main body windows

Congratulations! Your Cruise ship Drawing is complete

If you followed along and completed all of the steps in one go, well done! Use this time to give your drawing hand a well-deserved break as you evaluate the outcome of your sketch.

Compare your drawing with the image below and make any necessary adjustments. It’s best to get this out of the way now so you can devote all of your attention to the remaining steps. You surely don’t wanna miss out on those!

How to draw a cruise ship
Cruise ship is ready

Taking your cruise ship drawing to the next level 

As you are probably already aware, cruise ships don’t fly in the air or run on the streets as other vehicles do. They float on sea.

Right now, there’s not really much perspective in your drawing. The viewer may not easily realize that it’s a cruise ship since the surrounding doesn’t really give off that vibe. For that reason, you need to upgrade your drawing and add more details to it.

Step 7: Adding a background

Draw multiple waves under the ship’s body to pull off the oceanic scenery. To do this, first draw a large wavy shape surrounding the bottom part of the cruise ship. Then, add a few wavy strips within the width of the round shape. These strips are going to transform into waves once they’re colored in.

How to draw a cruise ship
Adding background

step 8: Adding color 

To spice up your drawing, add some vibrant colors to improve the appeal and realism of it. This will definitely give your drawing a lively look. Use a combination of your favorite colors to differentiate between each element on the ship.

We used dark blue to color the ship’s body in our drawing. Red color for the smokestacks and wind tower. Black color for the railings and a light blue color for the windows. You can use similar colors in your drawing or customize it according to your taste. Just make sure to color the drawing in a tidy manner.

How to draw a cruise ship
Adding colors

Bonus Tips

You can add a flag at the top of the second deck for a nice personalized touch.

Feel free to create a name for your ship and then add it somewhere along the bottom of the cruise ship.

To give your drawing even more context, add a sun and a few birds above your ship to depict the time of day. If you’re going for a night time scene, draw a moon and a few stars surrounding the ship.

Interact with other artists on YouTube to share your experience drawing a cruise ship and possibly gain some extra tips.

Conclusion 

This guide explains how to draw a cruise in eight simple steps. First, we drew the cruise ship body. Then we made two decks, two smokestacks, and the wind tower. After that, we drew the windows on the two decks and the railings on the main body. Finally, we upgraded the drawing.

All these steps are quite simple. We’re confident your drawing will be amazing if you follow these steps. You might have to keep practicing for a better result, so go for it again if you think your drawing doesn’t look that good. Ultimately, you’ll have a beautiful cruise ship in no time!

How to draw a cruise ship

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