How to Draw a Surfboard

Drawing a surfboard may seem daunting, but it’s actually quite simple! Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be drawing surfboards in no time.

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You will need a few supplies before you start drawing your surfboard. You will need a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a ruler. Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to start drawing your surfboard.


When it comes to drawing a surfboard there are a few different ways that you can go about it. You can use any type of pencil, but we recommend using a mechanical pencil or a woodless pencil. These types of pencils will give you a finer line and more control.


The weight, dimension and texture of the paper influence the final outcome of your drawing, so it’s important to choose the right type. Thick papers (>140lb/300gsm) are good for a number of reasons: they’re less likely to warp or crease, and can handle multiple layers of medium without buckling; however, they can be difficult to erase. Thin papers (<90lb/190gsm) are easier to erase and work on, but are more delicate and may need to be placed under another sheet to prevent wrinkling. In general, it's best to use a heavyweight paper for charcoal and pastel drawings, as these mediums can be very unforgiving. For pen and ink drawings or lighter sketches in pencil or charcoal, a lighter weight paper will do. Bristol board is a type of thick paper that's used often for pen and ink drawings; however, any heavy drawing paper will do. When selecting a paper size, think about the overall dimensions of your drawing as well as the orientation (horizontal or vertical). Letter-sized (8.5" x 11") or ledger-sized (11" x 17") papers are good choices for most drawings; however, you may want something larger or smaller depending on the project. It's also important to consider how you'll be displaying the drawing when deciding on a paper size — you may want to leave some extra space around the edges for framing purposes, or you may want the drawing to fill the entire page.

Colored pencils or markers (optional)

If you’re doing this project with small children, regular pencils and crayons will work fine. But if you want your project to look more like the picture, use colored pencils or markers. Either way, gather the following supplies before you begin.

-Ruler or a straightedge
-Colored pencils or markers (optional)
-Eraser (optional)

Sketching the Surfboard

The first step is to sketch out the surfboard. To do this, you will need a pencil, a pen, and a piece of paper. Sketch out the basic shape of the surfboard. You can use a ruler to help you with the proportions. Once you have the basic shape down, you can start adding in the details.

Draw a basic outline of the surfboard

First, draw a basic outline of the surfboard. To do this, start by drawing a long, slightly curved line for the top of the surfboard. Then, add a shorter, slightly curved line for the bottom of the surfboard. Finally, connect these two lines at the ends using two short, horizontal lines.

Now that you have the basic outline of the surfboard, it’s time to add some details. First, draw a few curved lines across the top of the surfboard to create the embossed logo. Then, add two small lines near the top of the surfboard for the leash plug. Next, draw a line down the center of the surfboard to create the stringer. Finally, add some wavy lines along the bottom of the board to create waves.

Add details to the surfboard

Adding details to the surfboard is relatively easy once you have the basic shapes in place. Start by adding a few curved lines to the top of the board for the deck pad. Then add some lines along the length of the board for the wax comb markings.

Next, add a few lines across the width of the board to indicate the cross sectional curve of the rails. Finally, add some squiggly lines along the bottom of the board to show the underwater contours of the hull. Erase any sketch lines that will be hidden by these new details.

Finish the drawing by adding color (optional)

Adding color to your drawing is optional, but it can really help to bring it to life. If you decide to add color, use a light touch – too much color will overwhelm the delicate lines of the sketch and make it look messy. A few simple strokes of color will do the trick.

To finish off the drawing, add a few small details like the fin on the surfboard and the waves in the background. Again, don’t overdo it – small details will add interest without overpowering the sketch.

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