How to Draw a Violin 

 March 3, 2021

By  Zen Chung

Many would say art is an expression of thoughts or feelings. It may even be an outlet or a product of a series of experiences. Some may have it as a form of stress release or relaxation, for some a hobby or even perhaps a way of living but in any way, it gives out a sense of beauty and satisfaction for people pursuing the related arts in either music or visual medium. On a personal note, I learned the basics of art in primary years and it was a fulfilling education. But yet it was a time you may see some are better than you in something. We use to have art class and have pictures laid out in front of us to copy and draw, I found out I could draw better pictures if I had a guide but not so good if otherwise. Now if you are with me on this side of the boat, this is an interesting way to learn and discover the artist in you.

One of the fiddle instruments, among the viola and cello, the violin which produces the highest pitched or sound when compared to either one of them has been a constant favorite for a hundred years or so. It has been used as a medium for a different genre of music from classical to even rock but whatsoever the instrument proved to have versatility and prowess for the one handling the instrument. It has been used with other instruments to create sweet soulful music, rhythmic fancy tune or an upbeat rock and rolling sonata.

The violin is played with a bow and until now the music it can marvelously make is unmatched by any modern instrument. It was handcrafted long ago by reputed families in Europe. Between the 16th and 18th century in Italy, the families of Guarneri, Stradivari, and Amati made these fine historical instruments that later on became a basis for other stringed musical instruments. Of the almost 1,000 in numbers made it is believed that still about 600 of it exist today. So much is a delight for a performer to be able to play in any one of this having been almost four centuries old and costing many millions of dollars.

On display or being played on, this instrument is really a work of art in every aspect. It has been featured in shows or movies usually to bring out the effect of folk or jazz music. And so one can be quite inclined to make a nice drawing or art material on something so elaborate in functionality but universal in sound. So here we go with this step-by-step guide and so easy to follow guide on how to draw a three-dimensional violin. To start with gather up some pencils, a trustworthy eraser and a couple sheets of paper that is in case you want to make not just one picture and start off a scrapbook of amateur drawn but professionally looking pictures.

Would you like to draw a violin? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished picture.


A beginner’s guide on “How to Draw a Three Dimensional Violin”:

  1. First, to form the violin’s bout, you draw a downward facing “U” shaped line. The tips of the shape should turn the line outward. And lastly to form a point which is the key to this part, attach a short curved line thereafter.
  2. To outline one side waist and the bout on the lower part, the short curved line should continue to one side of the violin. And connect it with a longer curved line to form another point.
  3. To enclose the image of the violin, complete the same lines to have a mirror image on the opposite side.
  4. A three-dimensional effect may be achieved through a series of curved lines on one side of the violin to give it shape.
  5. To form the tailpiece an elongated pentagon should be enclosed in the middle of the lower bout that which may extend to straight lines downward connected together by using a short line.
  6. Next is to make curved spiral lines on the ends of each side of the violin’s waist. A parallelogram drawn between the lines can help a bridge take shape beautifully on the picture. The top of the violin’s waist can be finished and enclosed with two curved lines to complete the shape.
  7. Next to show off the violin’s scroll and pegbox, a straight and curved line to enclose a highly irregular shape may be drawn high above the body of the violin.
  8. The picture of a violin is slowly taking shape but just not quite complete without the strings. To make this happen, straight parallel lines drawn long and vividly from the peg box to just above the tailpiece will do the trick. Add a small circle at the end of each line as well as on the tailpiece and this will make the strings and fine tuners.
  9. In drawing the turning pegs, make a pair of short straight lines that radiate from the peg box that which each ends in a circle. Next is to make a straight line from the pegbox to the upper bout that indicates the neck of the violin. To match or complete the set, draw a bow beginning with three parallel lines. To a final touch, using curved lines enclose an irregular shape at the top and a small rectangle at the bottom then finally marked off with a small circle.
  10. Lastly, to give the picture life and beauty as this instrument is mostly made of wood, shades of brown would complete the picture. Voila, your three-dimensional violin is ready!

Now you have made a wonderful piece of art that speaks well for itself. You can have it framed to be displayed as is or added with other musical instruments. And after this, I am pretty sure there will be more for your personal collection of self-drawn pictures about anything under the sun.


How do you draw a realistic violin?

The easiest way would be to use an image as a reference point. Also, where possible use other methods to draw like the grid method i.e., where you partition the images into equal squares, copying to the same square on the paper. Be sure to look at our article above for an in-depth guide.

How do you draw a cartoon violin?

The easiest way to do this is identify the notable features of the violin. This can be the f-holes, neck, strings as well as the shape of the body. Then you can draft and doodle them until you find the right fit for you. Exaggerating or reducing these parts can also make it look even better (more “cartoony”), though be sure to not overdo it as it can lose the identity of the instrument. Also, you can search for detailed help online that may fit your art style.

How do you make a violin for kids?

Depending on what materials are at your disposal, the easier way to go about this is draw up a template with detailed measurements based on your desired size. In addition to that be sure to find out what materials may work best as well as what designs you should employ. Some parts like the body (especially positioning of f-holes) or the make-up of the neck may need more technical approaches in comparison to other parts e.g., mounting the strings.

What are the parts of a violin?

The violin parts are the tuning pegs, the fingerboard, the F-hole, the bridge, the chin rest, and the fine tuners.

Zen Chung

I'm Zen Chung, a piano and violin teacher based out of Plano, Texas. I started this blog because my students (and their parents) kept asking about the best musical instruments to buy online. Look no further I'm here to save the day! 

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