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How to Draw a Retro Phone: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Draw a Retro Phone: A Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to another exciting drawing tutorial! Today, we’re taking a delightful trip down memory lane by learning how to draw a retro phone. These vintage treasures are not only a joy to sketch but also an excellent way to practise various drawing techniques. In this guide, I’ll take you through the steps to draw a retro phone and share some useful tips on art materials and general drawing techniques. Let’s get started!

Introduction to Drawing

Drawing is a wonderful way to express your creativity and improve your observational skills. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting, drawing can be both relaxing and rewarding. The key is to enjoy the process and not worry too much about the final result. With practice, your skills will naturally improve.

Essential Art Materials

Before we dive into the drawing steps, let’s talk about some essential art materials that can enhance your drawing experience.

  1. Pencils: Start with a range of pencils, from H (hard) to B (soft). H pencils are great for light sketches, while B pencils are perfect for darker, bolder lines. For our retro phone drawing, you might find an HB or 2B pencil particularly useful.

  2. Erasers: A good eraser is crucial. A soft vinyl eraser is excellent for removing large areas of pencil, while a kneaded eraser is perfect for lifting lighter marks and adding highlights.

  3. Paper: The type of paper you use can greatly affect your drawing. A smooth, high-quality drawing paper is ideal for pencil work. Look for acid-free options to ensure your artwork lasts.

  4. Rulers and Compasses: For more precise lines and curves, a ruler and compass can be very handy, especially when drawing structured objects like a retro phone.

  5. Blending Tools: Blending stumps or tortillons help to create smooth gradients and shadows. If you don’t have these, a cotton bud or even your finger can work in a pinch.

General Drawing Tips

Before we get into our specific retro phone tutorial, here are a few general drawing tips to keep in mind:

  • Start Light: Begin with light, loose sketches. This allows you to easily correct mistakes and adjust proportions before committing to darker lines.

  • Use Basic Shapes: Break down complex objects into basic shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. This makes it easier to capture the overall form and proportion.

  • Observe Carefully: Pay close attention to your subject. Notice the way light hits it, the subtle curves, and the small details. Observation is key to realistic drawing.

  • Practice Regularly: The more you draw, the better you’ll get. Make a habit of sketching daily, even if it’s just a quick doodle.

Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing a Retro Phone

Now, let’s get into the specifics of drawing a retro phone. Follow these steps, and you’ll have a charming vintage drawing in no time.

Step 1: Start with a Square

Begin by drawing a simple square. This will be the basic framework for your retro phone. It’s important to keep your lines light at this stage because we’ll be erasing some of them later on. Use your ruler to ensure the sides are straight and even.

Step 2: Section the Square

Next, divide the square into two sections by drawing a horizontal line about one-third from the top. This line helps to mark where the horn (the part you hold to your ear) and the body of the phone will be. Lightly sketch vertical lines to help guide the body shape. These lines don’t have to be perfect; they’re just guides to help you place the main parts.

Step 3: Draw the Large Parts

Using the sections you’ve marked, start outlining the main shapes of the phone. The top part will be the horn, and the bottom part will be the body of the phone. Draw an oval-like shape for the horn and a rounded rectangle for the body. Remember, these shapes don’t have to be perfect!

Step 4: Round the Horn

Now, refine the horn by rounding out the corners. This step gives the phone its characteristic look. Notice how the horn curves and thickens at the ends. Add some slight curves to the top part to give it more dimension.

Step 5: Add the Hook

The hook is the small cradle where the horn rests when not in use. Draw this part by adding two small, curved lines on either side of the body. It should look like two little arms reaching up to hold the horn. These should be positioned symmetrically on either side of the phone’s body.

Step 6: Add Details, Shadows, and Wire

Here’s where the fun really begins! Add details like the dial, buttons, and any other small elements that make the retro phone unique. Don’t forget the wire that connects the horn to the body. Draw small circles for the dial and lines for the buttons.

To add depth and realism to your drawing, include shadows and highlights. Observe where the light source is coming from and shade the areas that would naturally be darker. Use your blending tools to smooth out these shadows and create a more lifelike appearance.

Final Touches

Once you’re happy with your sketch, go over your final lines with a darker pencil or ink pen. This will make your drawing stand out and look more polished. Carefully erase any remaining guidelines and smudges.

Adding a hint of colour can also bring your drawing to life. Use coloured pencils or watercolours to add soft, vintage hues to your retro phone.

Additional Tips for Drawing Objects

  1. Perspective: Understanding perspective is crucial when drawing objects. Practice drawing objects from different angles to get a better grasp of perspective.

  2. Textures: Adding texture can make your drawings more realistic. Use different pencil strokes and shading techniques to replicate the texture of your subject.

  3. Light and Shadow: Always consider the light source in your drawing. Proper use of light and shadow can add depth and dimension, making your drawings look more three-dimensional.

  4. Patience: Drawing detailed objects takes time. Don’t rush the process. Take your time to observe, sketch lightly, and build up your drawing gradually.


Drawing a retro phone is a wonderful way to practise your drawing skills and create a charming piece of art. Remember, the key to drawing is practice and patience. Don’t worry if your first attempt isn’t perfect. Each time you draw, you’ll improve.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to learn more, join us in the Makings and Musings Community for more detailed videos and guides. Happy drawing!

Feel free to share your finished drawings with us; You can tag me @makingsandmusings on social media. I’d love to see your work! Keep practising, stay inspired, and most importantly, have fun with your art. Happy sketching!


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