How to draw a playground slide

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How to draw a playground slide
Let your pencil delineate the fun and curving slope of a slide. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

A slide is the key component to any playground, and is one of the attractions that kids line up for at recess and are always interested in. In addition to its fun appeal, the slide is also a good subject to draw for beginning artists, as it is simple yet offers some challenge in its curving shape and in its various types and locations. To start, choose a slide or a photograph of a slide that is relatively straight, rather than one that spirals.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Photograph of slide

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Instructions

    Drawing the Slide

  1. 1

    Draw a diagonal, downward sloping line of approximately 7 inches that undulates like a wave coming from the upper-right corner of your paper down towards the lower-left corner.

  2. 2

    Draw another parallel line of almost equal length that begins 3 inches below the previous one. This line should begin slightly after the first one at the top, and should extend slightly beyond the first one at the bottom. Connect these lines at the top and bottom using a straight, slightly diagonal line. This is the body of the slide.

  3. 3

    Shade along the bottom line of the slide using darker, upward-curving lines.

  4. 4

    Draw a ladder attached to the top, right side of the slide. Make the ladder's platform a vertical line parallel to the edge of the paper. Draw the ladder itself using two parallel, diagonal lines sloping down towards the right corner of the page. The lines should be approximately 1 inch apart. This is the outline of the ladder. Draw the ladder steps using short, evenly spaced horizontal lines that connect the two diagonal lines of the ladder's outline. Allow this ladder to reach off of the page, so that only a portion of it is shown. This will give the suggestion of a ladder without making it the focus of the drawing.

  5. 5

    Draw a horizontal line reaching all the way across the page at the base of the slide. This is the ground.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a ruler if necessary to ensure that your ground and platform lines are straight.

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