This week’s Drawing Challenge asks you to draw a bridge. Today, we’re giving you a bit of a leg up on the contest with a step-by-step bridge drawing tutorial.

Learn the ropes of using the PicsArt app and what it takes to build a bridge of your own from the ground up. 

Step 1: Draw Outline

Draw a rough outline of your bridge scene using a thin black brush, and then reduce the opacity and trace a more refined outline in a higher layer.

how to draw a bridge

how to draw a bridge

Step 2: Add Colors

Add one or more new layers to color different parts of your drawing. Use a separate layer for each color you use so they don’t bleed into other parts. Change colors by pressing the color chooser box. 

how to draw a bridge

Step 3: Light and Shade

For shading, add a higher layer, choose a black or dark grey color, and then open your brush settings to reduce brush opacity and choose a good texture for shading. For lighting, use the same brush type but with brighter colors.

how to draw a bridge

how to draw a bridge

Step 4: Final Details

Finish your drawing by adding the final details and a background. For your background, add a layer at the very bottom and fill it with color for the sky, whether it be light blue or amber for a sunset, and throw in a few clouds as well.

how to draw a bridge

how to draw a bridge