How to Draw Tackle Boxes and Fishing Poles

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Tackle boxes and fishing poles are the mainstay tools of both pro and weekend fisherfolk. The basic geometrical shapes that comprise both tools are easy to recognize, even on first glance. If your approach to drawing makes use of boxes and cylinders, drawing tackle boxes and fishing poles should present little challenge to you. If you've never drawn before, fishing gear's basic shapes make it a great first project. You can apply such shapes to future drawing projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil and paper
  • Begin forming the fishing pole: Draw a 4-inch diagonal line that extends from the page's lower left corner and moves upward and right at a 45-degree angle. Bow the line slightly toward the top of the page.

  • Complete the pole's first curve: Extend step 1's line another 3 or 4 inches, making it increasingly more bowed as your pencil moves right.

  • Form the upper outline of the pole: Draw a curve nearly parallel to the curve from steps 1 and 2. Start the curve 1/2 inch upward and left of the first curve's start.

  • Arc the second curve to follow the first curve along its length. But, taper the second curve as your pencil moves right, so there's less and less distance between the two curves. When you reach the first curve's right end, the second curve should be about 1/8 inch above the first curve's endpoint.

  • Complete the rod's main cylinder: Cap the left and right ends of the two curves with ovals.

  • Form the right side of the reel: About 2 inches up and right from the left end of the rod, draw an oval whose height (about 3/4 inch) is significantly longer than its width. Draw this oval so that its top sits about 1/4 inch below the lower curve of the rod.

  • Form the reel's left side: Draw a second oval whose top is just visible above the rod's upper curve. Make this oval's size and shape the same as the right side oval, but position it slightly higher.

  • Complete the reel: Connect the extreme tops and bottoms of the two reel ovals. The net effect should appear as a cylinder sitting under the rod.

    Add a smaller cylinder for the handle, just below the right end of the reel.

  • Form the fishing line guides: At regular intervals just below the rod's lower outline, draw increasingly smaller ovals as you move from left to right. The first oval should be about 1/4 inch long, and the last barely visible.

  • Form the fishing line: Snake a line from the reel and through each of the line guides. Drop the line down and slightly to the right as it exits the right-most guide. Extend the line to a page edge. This completes the drawing of the fishing pole.

  • Form the tackle box's left side: Draw a four-sided diamond with these characteristics:

    • Left and right sides are both about 2 inches long and run strictly vertical to the drawing page.

    • After connecting the left and right edges with top and bottom edges, the diamond appears as a square foreshortened by perspective.
  • Form the box's right side: Draw a diamond like step 11's but slightly smaller. Position it 3 inches to the right of the first diamond, and slightly higher.

  • Connect the corresponding points of the two diamonds to form a shape that appears as a 3D box.

  • Customize and refine the box by drawing a handle on its top face and rounding the corners.

References

  • Photo Credit waiting fishing pole image by David Smith from Fotolia.com
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