how to draw a monorail

How to Draw a Monorail | in 7 Easy Steps

In this tutorial, we’ll cover everything you need to know in only 7 simple steps to draw a train on a monorail track.

Even though it can look difficult at first, following this step-by-step tutorial will provide you clear directions and advice on how to make your artwork better.

Let’s first clarify what a monorail is. A monorail is simply a railroad where the track consists of a single rail rather than two, as is the case with most trains.

Vehicles traveling on a monorail or other types of elevated rail are frequently referred to as monorails.

What You Will Need

  • A4 sheet of paper
  • Pencils (HB, 2h or 3b)
  • A ruler
  • An eraser
  • Coloring supplies
  • 20-25 minutes
Complete process

How to Draw a Monorail

I recommend reviewing the outline below before beginning the drawing portion. Examine each shape, even tracing your fingertips across the red shapes to get your drawing hand used to the action.

how to draw a monorail
Outline of all the steps

Step 1: Draw the Main Body

Launch the process by flipping your paper in a landscape orientation to get the most out of your sketch. Then, grab your ruler and pencil, and draw a large vertical rectangle along the upper part of your page. Drawing it on the upper portion is going to leave you the perfect amount of space to add the extended rail later on!

Next, erase the left side of the rectangle and a small portion of the center, as well. Divide the large rectangle into two small rectangles by adding two vertical lines to the center portion you have just erased. To add detail, draw a diagonal line on the left side, making the train’s front part appear rounded and aerodynamic.

  • Draw a horizontal rectangle along the upper part of your drawing paper
  • Divide the rectangle into two smaller rectangles using your eraser and pencil
  • Erase the left side of the rectangle and draw a diagonal line there instead
Draw the main body

Step 2: Draw the Housing for the Wheels

Monorail vehicles usually don’t have showcase their wheels. This is because they are enclosed around the bottom part of the vehicle.

Bearing that in mind, add the bottom part of the vehicle that houses the wheels by drawing a thin horizontal rectangle directly beneath the train’s body.

Make sure the back part lines up with the back of the train’s body and that the front part of the rectangle is inverted.

  • Draw a thin horizontal rectangle beneath the train for the wheel housing
  • The back of the rectangle needs to line up with the back part of the train
  • The front part of the rectangle should be an inverted curve for detail
Draw the housing for the wheels

Step 3: Draw the Chassis

Majority of vehicles need a chassis to support the weight of the vehicle and everything that it carries. Without a strong chassis, the bottom of a vehicle would cave. For that reason, add this essential structure to your monorail!

Start by drawing a straight line along the bottom part of the train’s body. You want to make sure there’s a reasonable amount of space between the line and the top part of the wheel housing. Also, maintain that open space between the two rectangles while you are adding on the chassis, and you should be good to go.

  • Draw a horizontal line along the bottom part of the train’s body
  • Maintain a small amount of space between the line and the wheel housing
  • Ensure that the open space between the two rectangles remain neat and clear
Draw the chassis

Step 4: Draw the Front Window

Draw two parallel lines starting from the front end of the monorail and stopping about a quarter into the front carriage. Connect the two parallel lines with a vertical line to form the front window. For a more modernized look, be sure to make the corners of the window a bit rounded.

  • Draw two parallel lines starting from the left side of the train’s body
  • Connect the lines together using a small vertical line
  • Ensure the corners are curved for a more modernized look
Draw the front window

Step 5: Draw the Passenger Windows

The final detail needed on the train are the passenger windows. This is going to make your drawing all the more realistic, and also fill in some of the empty spaces on the body of the train.

First, visualize the placement and size of the windows. Notice how the top of each window is aligned to the top part of the front window? Make a note of how they’re relatively half the size of the front window, as well.

Once you have that down, grab your ruler and line it up horizontally along the center of the front window. Then, draw four small rectangles with round corners above the ruler, on the left part of the train. Do the exact same thing on the right side, and you should have something that looks like this.

  • Visualize the placement and size of the windows before drawing them
  • Draw four small rectangles with round corners on the left side of the train
  • Finish this step by repeating the same process on the right side of the train
Draw the passenger windows

Congratulations! Your Monorail Drawing is complete

If you followed along with each step, you should now have a black-and-white sketch of a train on a monorail. Take this time to evaluate the outcome.

If there are any lines that are overlapping or perhaps any of the areas of your vehicle you are not happy with, erase and redo them.

Once complete, be sure to check out the rest of the tutorial. You surely don’t wanna miss out on the next stage!

Complete drawing

Taking your monorail Drawing to the Next Level

Here comes the fun part. Adding both a background and color to your drawing is ultimately what’s going to boost it’s visual appeal!

step 6: Adding a background

Remember that extended rail I mentioned in step one? Well, the time has come to add that onto your paper. Without the rail, the train might be quite confusing for viewers, mostly because it has no visible wheels.

Draw a horizontal rectangular shape below the vehicle. The top line of the rectangle should be at the same level as the chassis, whereas the bottom line should be below the bottom part of the vehicle, as shown in the below image.

Add a couple of support beams below the rail to indicate that the vehicle is on an elevated platform using vertical rectangles.

These are not the only details you should add to your drawing. You can do more, such as adding some bushes between the support beams, and some clouds above the vehicle. You are only limited by your imagination, so go wild!

how to draw a monorail
Add The Elevated Rail

step 7: adding Color

This step is often the most free-flowing one as it allows artists to showcase their unique personalities. Use whatever colors you prefer to distinguish the different parts of the monorail.

In our drawing, we used gray for the rail and support beams, navy blue for the body of the vehicle, light blue for the windows, and red for the chassis.

You are welcome to use similar colors or any color combination that you want. However, ensure that the colors don’t spill outside the areas you are coloring, and you should be set.

Monorail with color

Bonus tips

Apply some shading techniques to the sketch. Your drawing might benefit from some cross-hatching on the elevated rail to give it the distinguished look of concrete.

Watch YouTube videos explaining the perspectives used when drawing monorails to help you better understand the process. It’s also a great tool to connect and interact with other budding artists.

Share your drawing with others on visual learning platforms or your favorite social media app.

I like adding my name and the date to my drawings because I feel like it personalizes the work and creates a timestamp that documents my progress. This is a fantastic tool for you to use as well, so be sure to consider it!


Learning how to draw a monorail is easier than it seems. We mostly used a combination of rectangular shapes to create the vehicle. We started by drawing the body of the train and added the bottom part, the chassis, the windows, and the rail platform.

Furthermore, you even sprinkled a dash of your personality onto the sketch by coloring it in. We hope you enjoyed drawing a monorail with us. We also hope that this experience encourages you to explore other drawing tutorials, and that you only refine your skills after this and fill up that drawing collection of yours!

how to draw a monorail
How to draw a monorail

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Learn how to draw a monorail in 7 easy steps. Also get some tips on how to enhance the quality and visual appeal of your drawing.

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