Learning how to draw a screw can be useful if you are planning on working with images related to the wonderful world of construction. This useful piece of metal can be found everywhere. With large threads that can penetrate virtually anything, this can be useful in many situations.
In this lesson, I will show you how to sketch a simple cartoon screw using only a few basic lines, gradients and subtle reflections. It's a simple object to use, but it can be a tricky one to illustrate properly. Ready? Let's start this fun tutorial now.
You can start this lesson by sketching the silhouette of the object using long curved lines. The silhouette does include the shank and the head of the screw. The bottom part of the shank must be pointed while the top section is mostly made from a large oval shape.
Our subject is shown using a subtle perspective. To illustrate this perspective properly, you need to draw the head using a large oval shape (and not a circle like it should be). Another thin line can be added below the head to create more depth. Great! The object is already recognizable! :)
On top of the head, you can add the drive using a mix of curved lines and straight ones. The drive usually have the shape of a big "X". Inside this new shape, a few straight lines are added to create more depth and volume. You can see the progression of this lesson on how to draw a screw below.
This part of the tutorial is definitely the most challenging one. Now that the silhouette of the object is completed, you can draw several threads on the shank. These threads are made from perfect curved lines.
In this case, nine threads are added to the object. A small space must be added between each thread. It's also important to make sure that all threads are narrower than the head otherwise the screw might look weird.
It's now time to add colors to the subject. For this object, we mostly need to add gray colors. The head and the shank can be filled with a light gray color. The drive, the threads and the small ring below the head can be colored using a darker version of the same color.
If you have access to a vector application, then you can add gradients to the subject to create more depth. As you can see below, the left part of the head is darker than the right section. It's basically the same thing on all parts of the screw. See how the drive is now visually more convincing?
We are not done yet! Inside the head, you can add an oval shape colored in white. However, the left part of the object is partially hidden. The same technique can be applied on the shank. These reflections will help create a more realistic cartoon screw.
Excellent work! Below you can see the final image once all steps are completed. I hope you had fun leaning how to draw a screw that looks great. Your next challenge could be to try more versions using different perspectives, colors or textures. You could also try to illustrate some nails since this object is visually similar.
If you need more assistance creating this fun object, then you can take a look at the illustration below. This one includes all steps shown above. Study each step carefully and take all the time you need to nail it right!
Now that we are done with this tutorial, you can learn how to draw more objects from home below. More adorable objects can also be drawn here. Practice on a daily basis and have fun with these additional resources.