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Here's a guide to drawing a basic airplane in a side view:

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Here's a guide to drawing a basic airplane in a side view:


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


  1. Body Outline:

    • Lightly sketch a long, thin rectangle for the main body of the airplane. This will define the fuselage.
  2. Tail Section:

    • At the back of the rectangle, draw a smaller triangle shape extending upwards. This will be the tail fin.
  3. Wings:

    • From the middle or slightly above the middle of the rectangle, draw a thick slanted line upwards at an angle away from the body. This line shouldn't reach the top of the page.
    • Mirrored Line: On the opposite side of the rectangle (below the middle or slightly below), draw another slanted line upwards, mirroring the first line, to create the shape of the wings.
  4. Wing Details (Optional):

    • You can add a shorter horizontal line near the bottom of each wing to create a more defined wing shape.
  5. Nose Cone:

    • At the front of the rectangle, draw a small slanted line upwards meeting the top side of the rectangle. This creates a pointed nose cone.
  6. Cockpit (Optional):

    • On the topside of the rectangle, near the front, draw a small circle or oval shape for the cockpit window.
  7. Refining the outline:

    • Refine your lines and smooth out any corners, especially where the wings meet the body and the tail fin meets the fuselage.
  8. Circular Engines (Optional):

    • Below the wings, near the body, draw two small circles on either side to represent jet engines.
  9. Details (Optional):

    • You can add details like windows along the side of the fuselage, landing gear, and lines on the wings and tail for a more realistic look.
  10. Shading and Highlights (Optional):

    • Use light pencil strokes to add shading to your airplane, considering where the light source is coming from. Shading helps add depth and dimension to your drawing. 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.
  • Reference photos of airplanes can help you capture the proportions and details like the placement of the wings and engines.
  • There are different airplane types (passenger planes, fighter jets, etc.). You can research specific types to incorporate those features into your drawing.
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