how to draw gears


How to Draw Gears

Gears are a complex to draw, but with a few simple steps, anyone can learn to create realistic looking gears. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Sketch the Infrastructure

Gear drawings begin with the act of sketching out the shape of the gear on paper to get a visual idea of how the gear will look. To start, draw two circles that overlap partially. Make sure the diameter of the circles are both the same sizes and that the circles are connected by two straight lines where they overlap.

Step 2: Outline the Gear Profile

Once the circles are drawn, use a ruler to draw a series of inward-facing lines which will form the “teeth” of the gear. Make sure the lines are drawn at regular intervals, and don’t be afraid to use a protractor or other measuring device to make sure the lines are drawn in an even pattern.

Step 3: Add Detail

Using a pen or marker, draw a line around the circumference of the two circles. The two circles should now look like a single gear. Add other details such as dots for texture, small lines around the circumference and near the teeth, and a small inner circle in the center of the gear.

Step 4: Color the Gear

Once the gear is finished, it’s time to color it. To create an authentic, metallic look to your gear, try using a light gold or silver paint or colored pencil. Fill in the gear completely, making sure to go over the edges of the lines with a darker color to give it more definition.

Step 5: Add Final Touches

To finish off your gear drawing, add a few more details such as shadows, highlights, and texture. To create shadows, use a dark color and lightly draw some lines along the edges of the gear. For highlights, use a light color and draw a few curved lines on the top of each tooth. Finally, use a fine point pen or pencil to add some texture and detail to the gear.


Drawing gears may seem like a daunting task, but with a little practice and technique, anyone can create realistic-looking gears. Follow the steps above to learn how to draw a gear correctly. Best of luck!