Electric Guitar Drawings

Guitar drawings are so interesting. After finish drawing a basic classical version in the previous lesson, I decided to make another drawings of guitars, this time - an electric guitar.

It just happens that my flatmate has got 3 different electrical guitars for his rock an roll, jazz and pop music hobby. So I basically just borrowed one of them to use as a reference and quickly learned how to draw digital guitars.

Electric guitars are very similar to acoustic types. The main difference I found are the guitars' design.

If you've never drawn a musical instrument like this before, I suggest you start with my acoustic guitar drawing tutorial first. This lesson is very similar to that one, but has some extra details, so I would rate it a bit harder. If you need a reference photo, have a look at this detailed electric guitar picture with various construction parts named and explained.

Framework Drawings of Guitars

drawings of guitars

First sketch a horizontal line and then divide it into two equal halves. Then draw guitars fingerboard (neck) slightly longer than on half distance. After that, using your pencil, very lightly draft two triangles as in the picture above to construct guitar's body.

Electric guitars all have very different designs, as they don't rely on the shape of their base to produce musical sound as acoustic ones do. So feel free to try other designs, perhaps something with more straight lines. I just pick up one that is quite common. See my drawings above for your reference to draw the headstock.

In step (3), start adding some instrument gadgets, like: pickups (three rounded corner rectangles), the fixed bridge for stings (the wide rectangle), three control knobs for volume and tone adjustments, and an electric switch (the horizontal 'Y' detail).

electric guitar drawings

In step (4), add to your guitar drawings six metal tuning pegs and frets on the finger board.

If you are a keen observer you might have noticed that these drawings of guitars are missing "tremolo arms". That's correct, I actually skipped over that detail for the sake of simplifying this drawing lesson, plus I also found that my guitar looks better without it. Musicians might not get around without that thing, but we as illustrators, don't really have to care about it, as soon as it looks cool, it works!

Guitar Drawings Final Touches

Like the technique I mention on classical guitar tutorial, it's best if you can find something with solid light colors to sketch the strings over finish drawing. Otherwise just draw them with a black ball pen or similar.

Unlike traditional guitars, electrics don't have soundholes, instead, they have cool magnetic pickups which send sound signals to the amplifier and speaker. So it's actually easier to draw than by the look of it, you already created the outlines in step (3), now what's left is drawing in a row of 6 dots in each pickup to depict the transducers (sound vibration sensors). There are three rows of these in the fixed bridge of the guitar.

guitar drawings  

Now its time to color your drawing of electric guitar. Experiments with different colors to find the one you like the best. As these musical instruments are all digital, they don't have to made of wood, so you can go wild with all sort of hues and combinations, just go for your artistic calling!

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