How To Draw A Log Cabin House, Step by Step, Drawing Guide, by Dawn

Learn how to draw a cottage and surround it with colorful landscaping with this step by step tutorial. Who says the bushes always have to be green?

Drawing of a Cottage
Drawing of a Cottage

If your student’s house drawings are looking all the same these days, with similar shapes and features, then here’s some inspiration on how to mix things up a bit. Instead of drawing just the main house shape, students could easily add a small addition to one side, and make the trim and landscaping extra colorful.

When it comes to drawing the landscaping, there’s no need to stop with just one layer. The drawing will get some instant depth if they add extra foliage in the foreground and background too. Layering is one of the first steps to learn more about perspective.

Preview of the step by step Cottage tutorial
Preview of the step by step Cottage tutorial

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Cottage

  1. Draw the roof.

  2. Add the house below the roof.

  3. Draw the side addition.

  4. Add a chimney and front door.

  5. Draw windows with flower boxes.

  6. Add small bushes and a potted plant.

  7. Add sidewalk, bushes and ground line.

  8. Draw trees and a mountain in the background.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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3. Draw the Logs

Using the rules on vanishing points, draw evenly spaced lines all along the front and side of the cabin for the logs. Round the edges. Add a doorknob and double lines on the top and bottom of the door.

Draw double vertical and horizontal lines for the window panes and a horizontal line for the shade. Add another vertical line on the front window for thickness. Use squiggly lines for the tree and shrubs. Add a zigzag line on the right-hand side for the horizon and an uneven line for the path leading to the door. 

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Warnings

  • If you take photographs from life, use the buddy system and have someone else drive and pull the car to safety while you take photos from the open passenger window. This enables you to get the exact view you want as well. If you get out of the car to take a photograph, be sure to stay well clear of the roadway and traffic. Remember: Safety first.

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