Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How To Draw A Train Caboose, Worksheet and Lesson

This printable How to draw a train caboose is a drawing lesson for young or beginning artist that is surprisingly simple and very gratifying to complete. A caboose is an icon of days past. It is a subject that will enhance a landscape or cityscape project.

FIRST, A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: If your drawing does not turn out perfect do not get discouraged, no one is as hard on themselves as a true artist. Learning to draw takes practice so draw every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. Come back often and try some of my other projects.

To print the worksheet just highlight it and send it to your printer or save to your device to print later. Some people have better luck by first dragging the image to the desktop first and then printing from there. If you have problems see the how to print tab above

Worksheet from How To Draw A Caboose.

I recommend using a ruler to draw straight lines. Start with the double lines of the rails that the caboose sits on, this avoids problems later on in the drawing. Above the rails give a space for the wheels and draw a large rectangle. Above the rectangle draw another smaller rectangle for the top house known as a cupola. The roof is a long thin rectangle. Check to make sure all your lines are parallel.

Draw lightly so you can erase later. Draw guidelines for the windows, draw them straight across for the top edge and bottom edge of the window frames, this way one window won't be higher than the other. There are three or four windows in the body of the caboose. There are two smaller windows in the cupola.

Draw the vertical lines that make the outside edge of the caboose remember the roof overhangs at both ends. Use vertical lines to finish the windows.

There are steps at both ends. Use the ruler to draw these as lines straight across. The steps go down but do not touch the tracks.

The wheels are not hard to do. Trace coins or buttons or some small thing to make them round. The wheels are held into iron carriages that look like a square with a triangle on each side to the middle of the wheel. Take your time and make sure the wheels touch the rails and don't go through the bottom of the caboose.

The side of the caboose is made out of wood. Use your ruler to put a mark every 1/8 or 1/4 inches going all the way across the body of the caboose, I suggest doing this right under the roof. Using these marks draw lines from each mark straight down. Break some up of the lines with gaps so they are not solid, it will make the sides look more weather-worn and old.

Don't forget the chimney, it is black. There was a stove in the caboose so the railroad men could ear hot food and sleep in a warm car.

Illustration from How to Draw A Caboose. 

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(c) Adron Dozat 12/26/12

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