How to Draw a Hamster Cage

Updated February 21, 2017

Drawing a hamster cage is an appropriate activity for the novice sketch artist as it fine tunes various skills. Drawing such an item lets beginning artists practice how to keep their lines straight and evenly spaced and project depth on a smaller scale. Drawing a hamster cage shows beginning artists how to adapt a basic three-dimensional shape into a real-life item on paper, an important lesson of drawing. It's also a suitable project for a hamster lover or owner.

Draw a two-dimensional cube or two-dimensional rectangle on your piece of paper with a ruler and pencil. This will be the blueprint of your cage drawing.

Draw the base of the hamster cage by making a skinny rectangle at the bottom of your cube. Draw slight angled lines off the right corners of the rectangle to indicate the depth of the cage.

Draw details inside the cage such as a wheel, steps or a food bowl. Make curvy tick marks along the floor of the cage to represent the sawdust.

Draw the bars of the cage by drawing horizontal lines spaced 1/8 inch apart, throughout the exposed sides of your cube or two-dimensional rectangle. Repeat this process with vertical lines.

Draw the door of the cage by drawing a square shape on top of the vertical lines, in the far right bottom corner of the front of the cage. Draw the hinges and latch.

Go over all your lines, shading them as necessary to add depth and contour and to smooth out any shaky lines you've drawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Sketchpad
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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."