How to Draw Trash Cans

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How to Draw Trash Cans
Drawing is a relaxing hobby. (pencils image by Horticulture from

The trick to drawing dustbins lies in learning perspective. Perspective is defined as a technique that depicts volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. The drawing of dustbins also requires the ability to draw an elliptical shape. This can be accomplished best by using a pencil and two straight pins.

Work on a flat surface with all necessary tools nearby. Drawing is best done with a pencil so that you can easily erase mistakes.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Drawing pad or paper
  • Sharpened pencils
  • 2 straight pins
  • Length of string
  • Eraser
  • Ruler

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    A dustbin has two elliptical shapes; one at the top and one at the bottom. Even if the dustbin is round, in order to draw it in perspective, you must draw an ellipsis. The back half of the bottom ellipsis will not be visible in your drawing.

    Draw a straight line about 1 to 2 inches long. Stick a pin in each end of the line. Wrap one end of string around one pin and the other end around the other pin. Hold the pencil taut against the string and move it back and forth to draw the elliptical shape. Note that the string must be longer than the line. Draw two elliptical shapes, a larger one above and a slightly smaller one directly below.

    How to Draw Trash Cans
    A dustbin is a simple object to draw. (office score sign image by robert mobley from
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    Draw the sides of the dustbin. You can draw your dustbin as tall as you like. Your two elliptical shapes should be directly over each other with the distance between them roughly the height of the dustbin.

    With the ruler, draw a straight line from the left edge of the top elliptical shape to the left edge of the bottom elliptical shape. Repeat this process on the right side of the elliptical shape.

    How to Draw Trash Cans
    The sides can be straight or slanted. (Wire Dustbin image by Julie F from
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    Fill in the details. Your dustbin can now be completed with details such as vertical lines to depict side seams. Large silver dustbins are often corrugated and have vertical indentations.

    Cross hatch shapes give it a decorative appearance of diamond-shaped, partially transparent metal. Complete your dustbin with details such as handles or a rim around the top or bottom. These details are what bring out the distinct characteristics of the dustbin.

    How to Draw Trash Cans
    A dustbin have many details. (dustbin image by palms from

Tips and warnings

  • Practice drawing the elliptical shapes on scrap paper. This will be the toughest part of the drawing.
  • You may need to use drawing pins instead of straight pins; they must be securely pushed into the surface of the table.

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