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How to Draw a Taxi | in 10 Simple Steps

Here’s how to ace the perfect drawing of a taxi using ten easy steps. The best part? You only need standard drawing materials and less than half an hour to complete it. Ready to get started?

A taxi, also known as a taxi cab, is a vehicle that people can hire to travel across short and medium distances. Usually found in city centers, taxi cabs are a common source of public transportation in suburban areas, as well.

Unlike busses, trolleys, trams and trains, taxi cabs allow for a more private and spacious means of public transportation as they are often non-sharing rides.

They charge a fee based on the length of the distance travelled, and sometimes operate on a dial-a-ride basis, meaning passengers can call and book a taxi in advance. Pretty convenient, right?

If you enjoy drawing vehicles, or have a certain interest in taxi cabs, then this is the perfect tutorial for you! Simple, easy and effective, this guide will help you transfer the image on your screen to your drawing paper with little to zero stress.

What You Will Need

  • A4 sheet of paper
  • Pencils (HB, 2h and 3b)
  • An eraser
  • A ruler
  • Coloring supplies
  • Household circular objects (optional)
  • 15-20 minutes
Complete Process

How To Draw A Taxi Cab

I recommend studying the outline and making sure you have all the required drawing tools with you before you begin. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process and to avoid unnecessary breaks while you’re drawing.

Instead of diving right in, first assess the image we provide with each step and work out how it would transfer to your paper.

Practice certain shapes you may struggle with on different pieces of paper, as well. Once you’re confident you can nail each step, go ahead and create the final product!

How to Draw a Taxi - All Steps
Outline of all the steps

Step 1: Draw the main Body

Using a ruler, start by drawing a long horizontal rectangle in the middle of your paper for the main body of the taxi. Erase the two short vertical lines on both sides of your rectangle and replace them with curved corners instead.

Be sure to add a sharp edge to the bottom right corner of the taxi’s main body to resemble the life-like shape of a car as best as you can, and you’re all set for the next step.

  • Flip your drawing paper in a landscape orientation
  • Draw a horizontal rectangle in the center of your paper and erase both sides
  • Replace the sides with curved corners instead
How to draw the body of a taxi
The body of the taxi

Step 2: Add the Roof

A taxi would be incomplete without a roof to protect its passengers, wouldn’t you agree? So for this step, draw another rectangle above the taxi’s body, however this one should be noticably smaller in size, to represent the roof.

Again, the corners of the smaller rectangle should be erased just like you did in the first step in order to add round corners to the front and back. Remember to curve the front corner a little sharper than the back corner, and you’re good to go.

  • Draw a smaller rectangle above the main body of the taxi
  • Place the smaller rectangle slightly to the right of the mid-section
  • Erase the corners of the rectangle and replace them with round corners
The body and roof of the taxi

Step 3: Draw the Windows

Begin by drawing two small rectangles inside the taxi’s roof for the windows. Make sure they’re both the same size and that they’re placed next to each other with a reasonable amount of space in between them.

Erase the left side of the first rectangle and add a smooth curve to the corner that matches the curve of the roof. Repeat the exact same process on the back window, but this time match the curve to the curve found on the back of the taxi.

Once you’re finished, divide the back window by drawing two straight lines slightly towards the right end, and voila, the windows are complete!

  • Start by drawing two small rectangles inside the taxi’s roof
  • Erase the outer corners of each rectangle and replace them with curves
  • Divide the back window by drawing two vertical lines within the shape
The body, roof and windows of taxi

Step 4: Draw the taxi signboard

What is a signboard, you ask? Well, taxi cabs are often recognized by these rectangular fixtures placed on the roof of cabs. If it weren’t for signboards flashing the word “taxi” or “cab”, people could easily mistake taxis for regular cars.

Draw a small horizontal rectangle on the center of the cab’s roof. Hmm, it doesn’t look like the one in the image below, though, does it? Erase both sides of the rectangle and replace them with parallel diagonal lines. Ah, that looks a bit better.

  • Draw the signboard on top of the taxi’s roof
  • Draw a small rectangle in the middle of the taxi’s roof
  • Erase the corners of the rectangle and add diagonal lines
Add the signboard to your taxi drawing

Step 5: Draw The doors

You are now halfway through the drawing process and should be able to visualize your taxi cab drawing coming together. It looks a little strange without a set of doors on the side, though, doesn’t it?

Start by drawing a big horizontal rectangle underneath the taxi’s windows for the outline of the doors. Next, divide the rectangle into two squares by drawing a straight vertical line down the middle. You will now see two connected squares.

Remove the lower right-side corner from the second square and draw a semicircle facing away from said square instead, and you’re all set.

  • Draw a horizontal rectangle inside the taxi’s body for the outline of the doors
  • Divide the rectangle into squares with a vertical line down the middle
  • Erase the bottom right corner and add a semicircle
Add two doors to your taxi drawing

Step 6: Draw the Wheels

Now that the doors are done, it’s time to add a set of wheels to your taxi cab. Start by drawing a large circle on the left side of the front door, and another large circle on the right.

Remember, both these circles should be the same size, and half of each circle should be placed over the taxi’s body while the other half rests below the body.

Then, draw a smaller circle inside each big circle to resemble the shape of wheels, and erase the lines of the taxi’s body that overlaps with the wheels. You should now have something that looks like this.

  • Draw the first circle on the left side of the body and second one on the right
  • Add a smaller circle inside both big circles to resemble wheels
  • Erase any lines that run through the wheels
Add the wheels

Step 7: Draw the bumpers

Bumpers serve several functions, including absorbing and redistributing impact energy in the event of a collision to lessen damage to the vehicle. This fixture is going to add a crucial touch of realism to your design, so let’s get to it.

Draw a small horizontal rectangle on both corner edges of the taxi’s body. Make sure the shape slightly extends the width of the cab. Then, erase the outer sides of the rectangles and replace them with curved lines to accurately depict bumpers.

  • Draw a small horizontal rectangle on both corner edges of the taxi
  • Erase the outer sides of each rectangle
  • Replace the sides with curved lines instead
Add the bumpers

Step 8: Draw the lights and door handles

Add the lights by drawing a small vertical oval above the front bumper, erasing the overlapping line inside the oval shape for a neat design. For the brake light, draw a semicircle above the back bumper, and the lights are all done! Pretty easy, right?

To add the door handles, draw a thin oval on the upper right corner of each door. Just like the image below, make sure these shapes are exactly the same size and that they’re aligned with each other.

  • Draw a small vertical oval above the front bumper
  • Draw a semicircle above the back bumper to indicate the rear lights
  • Draw two thin ovals on the upper right corner of each door
Add the lights and door handles

Congratulations! Your taxi drawing is complete

Take a little break to relax and give your drawing hand a much needed rest. While you’re at it, glance over your taxi cab drawing to make sure you’re happy with the outcome. Once you’re ready, scroll down and follow the remaining steps!

how to draw a taxi
Complete Drawing

Taking your Taxi Drawing to the Next Level

Some artists like the aesthetic appeal of minimalistic art. A black-and-white drawing of a taxi cab? Hmm, not too bad.

However, there are a few ways to make this drawing even better, and we would be amiss if we didn’t make you aware of them.

Step 9: Adding a background

There are plenty of ideas to play around with for a taxi cab’s background. Taxis are commonly found in city centers, so you may be enticed to draw a some buildings surrounding the vehicle.

Though not as common, they’re also found in rural settings in some parts of the world. You can draw a field in the background, or a dirt road underneath your taxi cab, as well.

Additionally, incorporate the time of day on your sketch. We’ve chosen a night-time theme for our background by adding in two street light posts and light bulbs. If you like the idea of this background, feel free to use it for yours!

The 10th step is to add a background to the basic drawing of the taxi
Adding a Background

Step 10: adding color

For some artists, this step is considered to be the most fun part of the entire drawing process. Adding some color will definitely brighten up the page and make the taxi more eye-catching and attractive.

Here you can really allow your imagination and creativity to roam free! Think outside of the box and use colors you prefer.

We opted for a realistic depiction of a taxi cab which is why we’ve colored in the main body of the taxi yellow. Because our background depicts a night-time scene, we went ahead and colored in the general background area with a nice dark blue.

When adding color to your drawing, remember to use different colors for different parts of the taxi.

E.g, yellow for the body, beige for the doors and bumpers, black and gray for the tires and center disk, beige for the front light and red for the back light, light blue for the windows and finally, a dark gray for the handles. This highlights the different parts quite beautifully and adds a sprinkle of realism.

Step 10: Color your taxi
Adding Color

Bonus Tips

Check out other public transportation drawings to inspire your imagination or give you a jump start on an idea of your next drawing adventure.

You could even incorporate some other vehicles in your background, like a double-decker bus, a monorail, or even an airplane. That will surely make the piece more intricate!

Add some personalized touches to your drawing, by either writing your name in the corner of your page or adding a brand logo or company name to your taxi’s signboard.

Feel free to leave a comment on our YouTube video and let us know what your experience was like drawing a taxi cab. We’d love to hear from you!


If you’ve followed all the steps and made it this far, we’d like to commend and applaud your work. If your drawing doesn’t look exactly the same as ours, remember that it doesn’t neccessarily need to.

Art is individualism in its purest form, so be proud of the drawing you’ve created just as we are proud that you’ve managed to complete this tutorial. There are so many more drawing tutorials that can improve your artistic abilities – so from Edits101 to you, see you next time!

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An easy step by step tutorial on how to draw a Taxi. You will learn how to add a realistic background and add vivid colors.

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