How to Draw a Pocket Watch

Updated February 21, 2017

The still life of a pocket watch is a mysterious one, as it moves from place to place, locked behind a little door. It is an attractive piece of jewellery and many are full of history. Therefore, the pocket watch makes an interesting subject matter of a still-life drawing. It does not have to be a realistic image, but simply convey its purpose.

Draw a circle (the watch) on your piece of paper, then draw an elliptical shape directly next to it on the left. Make sure that the middle of this shape touches the 9 o'clock position on the circle. It is the watch's open door.

Sketch a small oval shape to the right of the large circle. Attach it to the main clock face with a trunk shape. This is the point at which the chain is attached.

Mark the details onto the clock's face. Use Roman numerals to give the pocket watch a traditional appearance. Behind each number and positioned perpendicularly to the watch's perimeter, draw small, vertical lines. Each line represents a minute on the clock face.

Add the hands to the face of the clock. Find the centre point of the circle by lining up where the quarter hours meet in the middle. Then, draw two clock hands. Each hand consists of a straight line with a small teardrop on the end. Make sure one hand is shorter than the other. Position them at whatever time you prefer.

Give the pocket watch character by adding two smaller circles between the clock hands and the numbers. Then, inside each circle draw another clock hand. These are smaller dials traditionally seen on pocket watch faces.

Colour in the pocket watch. Go over the numerals and minute lines with a thin, black pen. Shade the clock face background in a light blue and the outer casing yellow to grey to represent brass or silver. You can colour the clock hands in yellow or brown, depending on your preference.

Use a black pencil to shade the pocket watch. Use shading around the bottom section of the pocket watch casing to show its depth. Then, highlight the outer rim by adding flecks or small streaks of white or cream.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Coloured pencils Eraser
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About the Author

Based in Bristol, Philippa Jones has been a music journalist and script writer since 2007, working across a range of radio programs in the U.K. and Australia. Her articles have appeared in "Impact Magazine," "The Mic" and in local newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Nottingham.