how to draw a Jet

How to Draw a Jet | Step-By-Step Tutorial

This informative tutorial is a fantastic way to brush up on your drawing skills while adding a super cool jet drawing to your collection of art. In 9 easy steps, you will have a drawing of a standard jet that rivals all others.

A jet is often considered one of the fastest aircrafts out there. It’s distinctly different from normal airplanes because of its engine – which uses the discharge of gas to produce thrust instead of relying on propeller systems.

Jets are also commonly used for commercial and military aviation due to their speed and efficiency in long-distance travel.

What You Will Need

  • A4 sheet of paper
  • Pencils (HB, 2h or 3b)
  • An eraser
  • A ruler (optional)
  • Coloring supplies
  • 15-20 minutes
Complete process

How to Draw a Jet in 9 Steps

I recommend studying the outline below before tackling the drawing part. Take a look at each shape, even going so far as to trace your bare fingers over the red shapes to get your drawing hand accustomed to the process.

Also, make sure you have the proper lead pencils at your disposal. I normally prefer HB pencils to start with because they’re light and easy to erase. Once the drawing looks distinguishable, I go over each line and shape with a heavier lead, like 2h or 3b, for shading and texture.

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Outline of all the steps

Step 1: Draw the Body

Kick off your drawing by flipping your paper in a landscape orientation. This way, you will have way more room to emphasize details on the jet and add other things surrounding it later on.

Start by drawing a large oval shape on the center of your drawing sheet. This oval represents the main body of the jet, which is also known as a fuselage. Considering that all other parts of the jet will be added onto this shape, ensure it’s properly placed and sized.

  • The body of a jet is also known as a fuselage
  • The fuselage is the starting point of your drawing
  • Draw a large oval in the center of your drawing paper
Draw the body

Step 2: Draw the Wings

To add the wing, draw a horizontal line somewhere around the middle of the jet’s body. Next, draw a half-oval shape that starts from one end of the line and ends at the other.

The oval shape you draw should lean towards the right, as shown in the below image. That way, it will appear more aerodynamic.

  • Draw a horizontal line on the center of the fuselage for the wing mount
  • Draw a half-oval shape extending from the line for the wing
  • Ensure the oval is slanted to the right for a realistic wing shape
Draw the wing

Step 3: Draw the Tail

In order to add the tail, draw a large diagonal rectangle on the back of the jet’s body. Erase the upper part of the rectangle, and draw a rounded edge instead that points to the right side of the page. This will improve the realism of your design.

  • Draw a large diagonal rectangle on the back of the jet’s body
  • Erase the upper part of the rectangle
  • Draw a rounded top that points to the right instead
Draw the tail

Step 4: Draw the Mini Wing

A jet needs horizontal stabilizers, which are mini wings located below the tail that helps the pilot move the aircraft up and down. To add the horizontal stabilizer, draw a small oval shape right below the tail.

Remove any line that cuts through the horizontal stabilizer. In our case, the fuselage passes through the stabilizer, so we must erase that line from the drawing.

  • Draw a small horizontal oval directly beneath the tail
  • Ensure the shape’s size matches the one in the illustration below
  • Erase the line of the body that is visible within the oval
Draw the mini wing

Step 5: Draw the Jet Engine

To complete this step, draw two small half-oval shapes attached to the left side of the wing. Make sure the shapes are next to each other, and that one of them is drawn over the underside of the jet’s body.

Erase the line of the body that is visible within the upper oval shape to create a neatly formulated design. Additionally, ensure both shapes are relatively the same size.

  • Draw two small half oval shapes extending from the left side of the wing
  • Ensure the shapes are the same size and that they are next to each other
  • Erase the line of the jet’s body that is visible within the upper oval
Draw the jet engines

Step 6: Draw the Cockpit

To add a cockpit to your jet, draw a half-oval shape on top of the center of the jet’s body. Connect the bottom half of the oval shape with a curved line to create a shape like the one shown below.

For the best results, you will need to use your eraser to remove the part of the fuselage that runs through your cockpit. The cockpit should also not be too big but rather proportional to the size of the jet.

  • Draw a half-oval shape on top of the center of the jet’s body
  • Connect the sides of the oval with a curved horizontal line
  • Erase any lines that are visible inside the oval shape
Draw the cockpit

Step 7: Draw the Landing Wheel

To add a wheel, draw a small circle close to the front part of the jet. Add a rectangle with a narrow bottom part to mount the wheel, as shown below.

Now use your eraser to remove the parts of the wheels that are visible through the mounting. You also need to remove the parts of the mounting that went inside the fuselage.

  • Draw a small circle under the front part of the jet
  • Add a rectangle with a narrow bottom to mount the wheel
  • Use your eraser and remove parts of the circle that overlap with the rectangle
Draw the landing wheel

Congratulations! Your Jet Drawing is Complete

Now that you have completed all of the sketching steps, use this time to evaluate the outcome of your work as you give your drawing hand a well-deserved break.

Use your pencil and eraser to make any necessary adjustments, and then once you are ready, continue on with the rest of the tutorial.

Complete jet drawing

Taking Your Drawing To The Next Level

While it is okay to leave your jet illustration as it is, adding more details to it will make the drawing way more impressive.

Step 8: adding a background

Add a few clouds around the jet to indicate that your image is airborne. Additionally, enclose your drawing in a frame to represent the sky.

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Add a Background

Step 9: adding color

The final step is the fun part. Use your favorite colors to add color to your jet. Take care not to spill colors outside a desired border. Here are the colors we used on our jet. Feel free to use similar color combinations on your design.

Jet with color

Bonus Tips

Study the techniques used when drawing a jet and other aircrafts by watching YouTube videos or surveying visual learning platforms.

Make use of shading on certain parts of your sketch to create shadows.

Write your name and the date on your page to personalize your work and create a timestamp.


In today’s lesson, you started by drawing an oval shape to represent the fuselage, then added the wing, tail, horizontal stabilizers, jet engines, cockpit, and then the landing gear, all in an effort to design a realistic depiction of a jet.

To take your image to the next level, you have added clouds and then colored your drawing, as well.

Drawing a jet is not as hard as you thought, right? Be sure to implement what you have learned from this tutorial in other drawings as you explore your range and artistic abilities. From Edits101 to you, see you next time!

how to draw a Jet
How to Draw a Jet

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