How to draw an ice cream truck
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How to Draw an Ice Cream Truck | in 10 Easy Steps

This engaging tutorial will not only teach you how to draw an ice cream truck, but how to also improve the design with background elements and color in ten simple steps! Are you ready to get started?

First, let’s take a look what an ice cream truck is. The standard definition describes ice cream trucks as commercial vehicles used to sell ice cream. Usually a postal truck, van or bread truck that has been completely revamped, these vehices are fully equipped with fixtures used to make and store ice cream on the go!

Featuring a cute little jingle amplified on a loud speaker, these vehicles are known to cause somewhat of a havoc in neighborhoods during the summertime, as children can be seen rushing to get their hands on a cooling ice cream cone.

Drawing an ice cream truck is a great way to exercise your sketching techniques as it is not very difficult to complete and only requires standard drawing materials.

In less than half an hour, you will walk away from today’s lesson with a realistic depiction of an ice cream truck that rivals all others, so let’s get down to business!

What You Will Need

  • A4 sheet of paper
  • Pencils (HB, 2h and 3b)
  • An eraser
  • Ruler
  • Coloring kit
  • 25-30 minutes
Complete Process

How To Draw An Ice Cream Truck 

I recommend studying the outline before you begin drawing. This is a great way to get yourself accustomed with each step. Also, ensure you have the correct drawing tools with you to avoid unnecessary breaks while you’re drawing.

How to draw an ice cream truck
Outline of all the steps

Step 1: Draw the Truck Body

Kick things off by flipping your paper in a landscape orientation. Since this ice cream truck will be drawn from a side angle, a landscape orientation is going to provide you with enough room to heighten each detail of the vehicle.

Then, draw a large horizontal rectangle in the center of your paper for the main body of the truck. Erase the left side of the rectangle, and replace it with a curved line instead, and you’re all set for the next step.

  • Draw a large horizontal rectangle
  • Erase the left side of the rectangle
  • Replace the left side with a curved line
How to draw truck body of an ice cream truck
Draw the Truck Body

Step 2: Draw the Wheels

Next up are the wheels. This is an important fixture to add to your ice cream truck, because without it, the vehicle would not seem even a tiny bit realistic.

Draw two big circles alongside the bottom of the truck’s main body for the outer line of the wheels. Pay careful attention to the size and placement of these circles. The center of each circle should be placed on the bottom line of the truck’s body.

Then, add a smaller circle inside each big circle to resemble the appearance of wheels. Erase the line of the body that cuts through the wheels, and you’re good to go!

  • Draw two big circles along the bottom of the truck
  • Pay attention to the size and placement of each circle
  • Add a smaller circle inside each big one for the wheels
How to draw an ice cream truck
Wheels of an Ice Cream Truck

Step 3: Draw the door and bumper

To add the door, draw a large vertical rectangle on the left side of the truck’s body, just behind the front wheel. Draw a small horizontal rectangle inside the vertical one to represent a door knob.

To add the bumper, draw a long horizontal rectangle at the base of the truck’s body. The length of the rectangle should slightly exceed the length of the truck’s body, both at the front and back.

Erase the lines of the bumper that overlap the wheels, and the line of the truck’s body that are visible inside the bumper, and voila, you’re all done!

  • Draw a vertical rectangle for the door
  • Draw a horizontal rectangle for the door knob
  • Draw a long horizontal rectangle for the bumper
How to draw door and bumper of an ice cream truck
Door and Bumper of an Ice Cream Truck

Step 4: Draw the front window

Adding a window to your drawing is going to boost the overall appeal and realism of the design, so be sure to include this step in your drawing process! It’s quite easy to execute.

Simply, draw a small rectangular shape attached to the front side of the truck for the window. Maintain a reasonable amount of space between the window and the door, and you should have something that looks like this.

  • Draw a small rectangular against the side of the truck
  • Maintain space between the window and door
  • Make sure the rectangle is narrow at the top and wide at the bottom
How to draw front window of an ice cream truck
Front Window of an Ice Cream Truck

Step 5: Draw the lights

Just because ice cream trucks are often seen throughout the day, does not mean they do not operate at night. Let’s equip this ice cream truck drawing with all the standard features, including lights!

Draw a small vertical rectangle against the bottom-left side of the truck for the front light. Erase the line that cuts through the shape for a neat design. Then, draw a thin vertical rectangle against the bottom-right side of the truck for the brake light.

  • Draw a small vertical rectangle for the headlight
  • Erase the line that cuts through the headlight
  • Draw a thin vertical rectangle for the brake light
How to draw lights of an ice cream truck
Lights of an Ice Cream Truck

Step 6: Draw the announcing mic

Remember how I said ice cream trucks often feature a cute little jingle? Well, this feature is used to amplify the sound of the music, and announce the ice cream truck’s presence in a certain neighborhood.

Start by drawing a small square on top of the truck’s roof, placed on the left hand side, for the base of the mic. Then, draw a small horizontal rectangle above the base that extends toward the left.

Once those shapes are added on, draw a cone-like shape extending from the left side of the rectangle to represent the speaker, and your announcing mic should be looking perfect!

  • Draw a small square for the base
  • Draw a small rectangle above the base
  • Draw a cone-like shape extending from the side
How to draw an announcing mic of  ice cream truck
Announcing Mic of an Ice Cream Truck

Step 7: Draw the Serving Window

Ice cream trucks are distinctly different from other trucks because of features such as this one; a serving window. Since the truck is only stationary for a short time, the operators serve the ice cream through a window on the side.

First, draw a large horizontal rectangle across the back of the truck’s body, right next to the door. Erase the upper line of the rectangle and draw a series of squares and teardrop-like structures to resemble a small veranda.

Add more structure to the serving window by drawing a vertical line on each side of the rectangle, and adding a horizontal line to the bottom for a thick base, plus two squares beneath it for firm support.

  • Draw a large horizontal rectangle for the outline
  • Erase the upper line and draw a series of squares and teardrop shapes
  • Add more structure to the serving window
How to draw serving window of an ice cream truck
Serving Window of an Ice Cream Truck

Start by writing the words “ICE CREAM” above the serving window, big and eye-catching, to not mistake the purpose of this vehicle. Then, for a little decoration, let’s add an ice cream bar above the truck.

Draw a semicircle angled toward the side with a long base above the roof. Add three thin semicircles inside the shape, and draw a small semicircle extending from the side to resemble the wooden stick.

Tie everything together by drawing two rectangles below the ice cream bar, connecting the vibrant image to the truck.

  • Write the words, ICE CREAM, on your truck
  • Draw an ice cream bar over the truck
  • Follow the image below for a guide
Draw the Ice Cream Truck Logo

Congratulations! Your ice cream truck Drawing is complete

If you followed along with each step and completed your drawing in one go, well done! Take a well-deserved break and analyze the outcome of your ice cream truck. Are you happy with the results? If not, be sure to correct and improve any inconsistencies before you continue on with the rest of the tutorial!

How to draw an ice cream truck
Ice Cream Truck is ready

Taking your ice cream truck drawing to the next level

Now for the fun part; let’s make your drawing a bit more aesthetically pleasing by adding a background and some color!

Step 9: Adding a background

We want to give our drawing a realistic look rather than make our truck look like it is floating in the air, right? You can imagine any place or background for your drawing. 

Ice cream trucks are often seen in parks, so we have decided to add bushes and trees as a background to our drawing. You are more than welcome to add the same onto yours.

How to draw an ice cream truck
Adding A Background

step 10: Adding color 

Set aside your drawing tools and grab your coloring kit! Here you can really allow your imagination to roam free as you spice things up. Ice cream trucks are usually bright in color to attract attention, so be sure to select some eye-catching colors.

We’ve colored the main body of the truck pink, kept things simple with a gray bumper and brown wheels, and light blue for the glass panels on the window, door and serving window.

If you like the way these colors contrast each other, feel free to use the same combination on your drawing, but do not hesitate to incorporate your own blend of creativity, as well!

How to draw an ice cream truck
Adding Colors

Bonus Tips

Incorporate some shading techniques like hatching or cross-hatching on the wheels and bumper of the truck.

Interact with other budding artists on YouTube or visual learning platforms to share your experience and also seek some advice, if necessary.

Add your name and date to the sketch to mark it as yours and create a timestamp for when you file it away.

Conclusion 

In this tutorial, we started by creating the body of the truck. We then drew wheels and later installed the door and the bumper. We added the front window, the serving window, and other components.

You even made use of background elements and color and to enhance your drawing, so rest assured that you put your best foot forward in executing this fun and exciting drawing.

Remember, drawing is a skill mastered over time, so incorporate what you have learned today as you explore other drawing tutorials!

How to draw an ice cream truck
Conclusion

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Summary

This guide explains how to draw an ice cream truck in a simple and effective way. You will learn a few interesting facts about this vehicle by reading this guide.

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