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Here's a breakdown on how to draw a bicycle in a side view pose:

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Here's a breakdown on how to draw a bicycle in a side view pose:


  • Pencil with good lead (HB or 2B)
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Paper


  1. Frame:

    • Lightly sketch a large rectangle to represent the frame of the bicycle. This will define the overall size and proportions.
  2. Wheels:

    • Draw two large circles within the rectangle, one towards the top and one towards the bottom, to represent the wheels.
  3. Seat and handlebars:

    • From the top part of the rectangle, draw a slanted line downwards towards the middle for the top tube of the frame.
    • From the top of the slanted line, draw a short horizontal line for the handlebars.
    • From the middle of the rectangle, draw a shorter vertical line upwards for the seat post.
    • Add a small triangle shape on top of the seat post for the bicycle seat.
  4. Connecting lines:

    • Draw two diagonal lines from the bottom corners of the rectangle upwards to meet the large circles (wheels). These lines represent the bottom tubes of the frame.
    • Connect the seat post to the bottom tubes of the frame with two short lines on either side.
  5. Refining the shape:

    • Refine the frame lines by adding slight curves, especially near the wheels. This gives the frame a more natural look.
    • You can also adjust the handlebar lines to show a straight handlebar or one with a curve.
  6. Spokes (optional):

    • Lightly sketch short lines radiating outwards from the center of each circle to represent the spokes of the wheels.
  7. Details (optional):

    • You can add details like pedals near the bottom bracket (where the two bottom tubes meet), brakes on the wheels, and a chain connecting the pedals to the rear wheel.
  8. Shading and highlights (optional):

    • Use light pencil strokes to add shading to your bike, considering the light source. This adds depth and dimension. You can also add highlights on areas where the light would reflect.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Use light pencil strokes at first so you can easily erase mistakes.
  • Pay attention to the relative sizes of the wheels and the frame.
  • Reference photos of bicycles can help you capture the details like the brake placements and the shape of the handlebars.
  • There are different bicycle styles (mountain bike, road bike, etc.). You can research specific styles to add those features to your drawing.
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