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Skateboard Drawing: Here’s How To Draw A Skateboard Easy In 4 Steps!

Drawing a skateboard is easier than you think! Here's my 4-step guide...

A skateboard drawing is something that you’d imagine would be quite straight forward, however that’s not always the case.

You see, a skateboard is far more than just a flat board with 4 wheels. Granted, that’s a skateboard in a basic sense, but look closer and you’ll quickly see that these nifty little ‘trick boards’ are a lot more intricate than you first think. Each skateboard, be it a cheap £10 toy or a £500+ professional piece of equipment, differs quite substantially to the next.

Look closer and you’ll see that some have a steeply curved deck, while, others are more flat. The wheels (as well as the trucks) come in different sizes too, and even the underside sports a unique pattern or design. On some well used skateboards in particular, the underside will be particularly worn from where the rider has grinded their way down a set of railings or touched down after a big stunt. You can tell a lot about a boarder from their skateboard.

All character that you ideally want to capture through a skateboard drawing! However, in order to do so, you first need to master the basics – i.e. be clued up on how to draw a skateboard in the conventional sense. Otherwise, you’ll end up injecting all this character and design onto a board that looks skew whiff in terms of perspective, or is ever so slightly out of proportion. So, if you’re looking how to draw a skateboard easy, then keep reading. I’ll show you how to master the basics of a skateboard drawing in just 4 simple steps…

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Step 1 of a skateboard drawing: Draw out the deck

The focal point of any any skateboard is the deck. So as you can imagine, this is very much the basis of any skateboard drawing. However, there’s actually quite a lot to consider when sketching it out, as it’s a whole lot more than just a plank of wood.

Depending on the skateboard, they’ll be some sort of curve towards each end of the board, which you’ll need to factor into your outline. It’s these that allows the skater more control over how they shift their weight around whilst on the board. Serious boarders will also grab hold of this when doing a seriously BIG stunt.

Also consider that if the angle from which you’re drawing is pretty low, some of the design from underneath the board may also come into view. In which case, this step could be quite complex. In the drawing below however, the angle is very much top-down, so the the top of the deck is the only real thing to worry about. Although, thickness is also another thing to consider, as one of the hardest skills to master with any skateboard drawing is proportion.

Get this even so slightly off, and later you’re likely to find that your drawing ends up loosing likeness and being very much out of proportion. Something that may make it appear more cartoon-like than realistic. Perspective is also another thing to consider here, hence why you’ll see I’ve drawn my skateboard around a line that’s set at roughly 45 degrees. Proceed to Step 2 and you’ll see just how useful guidance lines like this are, when drawing out the rest of your skateboard.

How to draw a skateboard

Step 2 of a skateboard drawing: Add the wheels + master proportion

Now you’ve mastered the shape of the board, it’s time to get it looking a bit more ‘skateboard-ish’. The way you do so is by adding in the wheels. Word of warning: don’t draw the trucks yet! Reason being that with them being underneath the board, opposed to on the edge, they tend to be far less visible than the wheels. Therefore, how you draw your wheels will greatly affect how much of the trucks you actually draw. Sounds a bit backwards, but hear me out…

For drawing the wheels on my board, I sketched out yet more guidance lines. Important if you want to get the perspective spot on! The first two are parallel to the drawn through the top of the board. Perfect guidance for when drawing the wheels from the side. While the third intersects these lines at a 90 degree angle. Ideal guidance if you’re drawing a board that’s level on the ground. However, if you’re drawing a boarder that’s flying through the air mid-trick or from the front on, you may want the lines to be more tapered back.

skateboard drawing

I don’t just draw over my blog… I’m a professional portrait artist…

Step 3 of a skateboard drawing: Sketch out the trucks + add detail

So now that all the basic shapes are plotted out and in proportion, you can now start working into the drawing by adding finer detail. Not that there’s a whole lot to add if you’re drawing a skateboard top-down (like below). But if you’re drawing a board where the underneath is showing, getting the design in perspective, is likely to take some time. In the case your drawing doesn’t fall into that category, you can crack straight on with adding the trucks + any other extra details.

With the wheels in place, drawing the trucks should be super simple. In most cases it’s a job of merely joining the wheels up. Oh, and by the way, if you still have that 90 degree line along the front of the skateboard, don’t rub it out just yet. For getting the trucks angled right first time, it’ll come in handy!

For those who don’t know, the trucks are basically an axle that connects two wheels & clamps them to the underside of the deck. In some cheaper boards, you’ll usually see exposed screw-heads on the deck – proof of where the trucks are attached. And just like the axles you find on a car, those on a skateboard do move about. In fact, it’s the way they flex that enables the skater to navigate their way around corners & shift their weight so freely while on the board. Useful for performing tricks!

Trucks aside though, now is also a good time to add in any extra detail that you find in the middle of the wheels + any patterns or stickers that are stuck to the deck. Some boards may logos and brand names too, which you may want to draw on at this point. Tick off all this & you’re more than likely ready for Step 4.

realistic skateboard drawing

Step 4 of a skateboard drawing: Defining the detail

Now that you’ve got the outline of a skateboard drawing that’s both in perspective and proportion, you can now rub out all of those guidance lines. HURRAY! That’s because this is the part of a skateboard drawing where you get down to working in the realism and dialling up the depth. In other words, shading in your drawing so that it POPs out of the page!

But before you start, take a minute to consider this… where is the light coming from? Only when you’ve identified that should you pick up your pencil crayons and start shading. Reason being that your perception of light is going to very much determine both where and how you shade. It’ll also help you understand where not to shade, so you don’t need to grab a rubber half way through and potentially ruin your picture.

Ask me and the best place to start would be around the underside of the board, preferably the trucks and the wheels. The top of the deck should be shaded last, as that’s where the most light will be hitting. Work in a good amount of shade underneath and you should see the picture begin to come alive. Another thing worth doing here would be defining the layers of wood you typically find along the side of the deck, as well as potentially adding in some screw heads here and there.

Now, aside from light, there was also another reason why I advised you leave the deck until last. That’s because in doing this drawing I’ve actually come across a specific technique for doing so, that should help you give your deck its slightly gritty texture. To do so, simply tilt your pencil crayon on its edge and apply shade with its lead more or less resting flat on the page. That way you achieve a slightly more textured shade that’s also more gradated too. 10X better than a buildup of harsh lines!

If you want to achieve a similar result to me (below) & you’re serious about drawing, I’d recommend looking into a pair of Derwent Drawing pencils. They give you far more control over shade and texture than you get with your average Crayolas.

how to draw a skateboard easy
Zoom in & you should be able to see where I’ve applied the shade!

But yeah – get your skateboard drawing looking something along the lines of what’s above & CONGRATS! You’ve learnt how to draw a Skateboard step by step in record time. Hope you found this useful!

For those who’re particularly fond of their picture, I’d encourage you to share it with me over social media. I’m always interested to see how others interpret my tutorials. Oh and don’t forget to tag me!

Plus, if you want to learn how to draw other forms of transport, people, animals – you name it – be sure to check out the rest of my Drawing Blog and follow me on IG for updates on my latest work.

Stay creative!

Karen XxX

Like my style? I specialise in portraits. Let me draw you!

Here’s why you should do a skateboard drawing…

Here’s a few skateboard drawing ideas to consider… (ways to ramp up the difficulty)

Okay, so if you’re quite the artist and have found the above a walk in the park, then you may want to up the difficulty. In which case, I’d suggest you grab yourself a fresh piece of paper and try out some of these…

Switch up the deck – An easy way to up the challenge of any skateboard drawing would be to switch up your image so that the underside of the deck is firmly on show. Perhaps draw a skateboarder from an angle like this…

someone getting big air on their skateboard

That way not only do you have the design on the underside of the board to think about, but you’ve also got to consider how to achieve the weathered affect where the board has been grinded down railings & what not. If you choose to go down this route, it might be worth checking out the decks of famous skaters (listed below) and doing a famous design.

Draw your board in full colour – Kind of obvious, but shading in your board using one colour will be a darn site easier than doing it in full colour. So if you’re getting particularly good at skateboard drawings, the next step could be drawing the most colourful skateboard that you can find in full colour. Do that & there’s a good chance that you can draw virtually any skateboard that you so desire. In other words, you’ve mastered it!

Add in the skater – Drawing a skateboard is one thing, but drawing a skateboard with its skater attached is another thing entirely. Do so and you can basically turn your skateboard drawing into an action-packed portrait! Or, if you want to make it more comical, you could even draw an animal like a dog or cat on the skateboard. Now that’s a Pet Portrait!

What are some of the most famous skateboard brands? Deck drawing ideas!!

If you’re struggling to find the best skateboard to draw, then be sure to check out these 3 rad skateboard brands…

What boards do pro skaters use?

Tricky one this, as virtually all pro skaters prefer different types of boards made my different manufacturers. In which case, putting a finger on what boards pro skaters use is actually quite hard.

However, if you want to hear it from a pro, check out Geoff Rowley discussing his choice of skateboard, right down the board size, wheel type, bearings, trucks and so on.

Who are the most famous skateboarders?

While there’s actually quite a few famous skaters out there, one of the most famous is Tony Hawk. A rider many consider to be the pioneer of modern vertical skateboarding. Not only that but he’s also well know for his charity work too, where he helps fund the construction of skateparks in underprivileged neighbourhoods across the US. However, Tony isn’t the only pro skateboarder worth mentioning. I’d also suggest checking out…

  • Ryan Sheckler
  • Paul Rodriguez
  • Tony Alva

Fancy seeing what a professional skateboarder can do? Here’s a clip of Shane O’Neill pulling off some mind-blowing stunts…

YouTube video

Yes – skateboards are legal in the UK. Although when you compare them to what’s classed as illegal, it is hard to see why.

Despite the bans on motorised scooters, a skateboard is completely legal, even though many skaters can end up reaching similar speeds as you would aboard one of those lazy-man’s scooters. Then again, going by my judgement, skateboards tend to be less common. What’s more, with them being around for a lot longer than motorised scooters, they’re a LOT harder to make illegal.

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