$180 of design goods for JUST $1. Join Plus today for your discounted first month! Join Now
How to Draw an Axe
  • By Nadine Spires
  • 17 Nov 2022
  • 6 Mins
  • Beginner
  • Drawing Tutorials

How to Draw an Axe

Follow this easy step by step guide and learn how to draw an axe.

In today’s tutorial, we will show you how to draw an axe with our step by step instructions. During Medieval times, it was a symbol of battle, made from metal or stone and wood. Today, it can be found in historic events, museums and even digital games. This design can be used for a logo, party themes, social events or illustrations.

How to Draw an Axe - mockup

You can use our drawing tutorials with any medium you have available, including color pencils, markers or even programs like Procreate.

We will be using Procreate with these ink Procreate brushes to outline and create the wood texture on our axe handle. So, gather your materials together and let's get started.

Step 1 - Create the Rough Axe Sketch

Let's begin by sketching the shapes that make up our axe drawing. You can use any sketch medium as long as it can be easily removed or covered up. If you are drawing on paper, a light colored pencil is a great option.

For the head of the axe, first sketch a rectangle. Then sketch a horizontal triangle with the pointed tip overlapping the middle of the rectangle. See our example sketch below for a visual guide.

Axe sketch - draw basic shapes

Next, sketch a long, vertical rectangle for the wooden handle. Make this shape narrower and place it beneath the top rectangle. We have sketched this in red to make it easier to follow.

Sketch handle of axe - drawing tutorial

Following our sketch below, connect the top rectangle and triangle as one object. We exaggerated the triangle (or blade) shape by adding inward curves on both sides and a rounded end. Next, draw a curve on both sides of the axe handle, about half way down.

Axe drawing - define handle and blade shape

Step 2 - Outline the Rough Axe Sketch

After drawing the shapes, we can now outline the rough sketch with a more permanent medium like a marker or pen. Begin with the outermost lines and don't forget to add the separation line between the axe head and the handle.

Axe drawing - define sketch with permanent medium

At the bottom of the handle, draw a small circle for the hole. After you are done outlining, you can remove the rough sketches.

Step 3 - Add Color to your Axe Drawing

We are now ready to add some color and our final details. For the color palette, we used a light brown for the handle and gray for the head.

If you're looking for more color options, be sure to check out the Procreate Color Palettes available on Design Bundles.

Add color to axe drawing - how to draw

Change over to a darker brown color. Using wavy lines and V shapes, create the wood texture or wood grain on the handle. You can then add light gray lines to the axe head for the highlights.

Add shading to the head and handle of the axe with a dark grey and dark brown. Keep in mind the direction of "light" when adding shadows and highlights.

Draw an axe - add shadows and highlights

Your axe drawing is now complete! You can also make a double-sided axe by adding another triangle on the opposite side of the head. By using the easy to follow techniques in this tutorial, you can create any kind of axe that you want.

6 Related Drawing Tutorials

With our easy to follow step by step instructions, you will learn how to draw an octopus. This sweet and cuddly little creature is an excellent starting point if you want to draw animals. Did you know that a group of octopuses is called a consortium? With big eyes, a ...

Today we are guiding you through the steps on how to draw a red panda. Discovered in 1825, these creatures with their distinctive red fur, are both a herbivore and carnivore. They also prefer a solitary lifestyle and are more active at night than during the day. You can use the ...

In today’s easy step by step drawing tutorial, you are going to learn how to draw a quirky and cute acorn. We often see squirrels in acorn trees, but did you know that deer, mice, and other forest creatures snack on them too? This easy drawing tutorial is great ...

There are many ways you can draw ribbon banners making them more complex by adding folds and multiple layers. In this tutorial, I’m going to take you through different ways to draw a ribbon banner and share some helpful tips for speeding up the drawing process. We will also ...

Today you will learn how to draw an orca, a highly intelligent oceanic predator also known as the killer whale. Orcas are incredible creatures forming the largest members of the dolphin family. We will take you step-by-step on how to draw an orca, from basic shape sketches to outlining and ...

Our glowing tutorial will show you how to draw a candle with these step-by-step instructions. Burning candles have been used for centuries to light the way, for aesthetic reasons, and for all kinds of crafting. They can be used for paper crafting, birthday cards, candle clipart, t-shirt sublimation or even ...

drawing tutorial beginner friendly tutorial how to draw an axe

You may also like

Help Center
ol image