How to Draw a Can of Beer

Drawing A Can Of Beer

Learning how to draw a can of beer might initially seem like a simple endeavor, but if you do it the right way, there's a lot more to the process than you might realize. You have to realize that a beer can is metallic, and if there's any light source that is of any strength, then the can will have reflections that you'll have to take into account.

On top of that, you'll also have the pattern of the label, the log, and the writing on the can contend with.

After you study a beer can and see how detailed the drawing will be, you might feel a little intimidated about drawing it. Fortunately, by following the proper steps in the correct order, you can simplify the process, giving you a better outcome.

How to Draw a Can of Beer
How to Draw a Can of Beer


Drawing a beer can is more technical than you might realize. With all of the detail involved, you're better off using materials that give you more control, which means planning for a drawing and not a painting. Some people prefer to work on a rougher surface, but when drawing something with a lot of detail, like a beer can, working on a smooth surface usually works best.

As far as a medium to work with, you can use inks, graphite, or, if you want to work with color, then colored pencils. Charcoal and softer mediums will be too difficult to work with for most people when drawing something highly detailed.

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How Do You Draw A Can Easily?

The first step in drawing a beer can is to draw the can itself. Before you start worrying about the label, logo, or any printing, you need to get the general shape of the can down first. Fortunately, a beer can is a relatively simple shape. It's a cylinder. Once you have the cylinder down, start to refine it since the top of the cylinder has a lip, and the bottom is usually rounded inward. Make sure that you draw the tab if you can see the top of the can and if it's open, make sure you draw the opening.

How Do You Draw Beer?

What if you decide that you want to draw the beer open with a light source from above? In that case, you might be able to see the beer inside of the can. You shouldn't have too much difficulty if that's the view you've chosen since the beer will still be heavily shadowed in most cases. Just render it like anything else, and add some highlights to it.

How Do You Draw A Crushed Beer Can?

How Do You Draw A Crushed Beer Can
How Do You Draw A Crushed Beer Can

The most exciting way to draw a beer can is to crush it first and then draw it! Drawing a cylinder can be dull, but drawing a crushed and warped piece of metal? Metal that has designs and writing on it on top of everything else? If that bores you, you either aren't trying hard enough or are an artistic savant who can effortlessly draw anything.

The best part about drawing a crushed can is that you can crush a can repeatedly and never get two that are identical. When crushing, you can not flatten it out too much, you want it to have bends, tears, and sharp edges, and you don't want it to be so flat that all of the beautiful details are lost. After you've crushed the can into an exciting shape, please spend some time sketching it out and capturing all of the details in shape. After that, it's a simple matter of rendering the details.

How Do You Draw A Tin Can?

What if you want to draw a tin can instead of a beer can? In that case, you follow the same process that you would when drawing a can. The only difference will be that you won't have as many details since the design on the can won't be present. Tin also tends to be less reflective than aluminum, so you'll have to keep that in mind.

How To Draw A Beer Can

While drawing a beer can may not have seemed that appealing when you first heard about it, now that you've learned more about what goes into it; hopefully, you're feeling a bit more enthusiastic. Just follow the steps outlined above, and before you know it, you'll have an exciting drawing to add to your portfolio.


Ian Walsh is the creator and author of and an Art teacher based in Merseyside in the United Kingdom. He holds a BA in Fine Art and a PGCE in teaching Art and Design. He has been teaching Art for over 24 Years in different parts of the UK. When not teaching Ian spending his time developing this website and creating content for the improvedrawing channel.

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