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How To Draw A Bow (Easy Step By Step)

A classic bow is the perfect addition to any gift or elegant outfit. My mother is a designer/dressmaker and I’ve come to understand the importance of little details. But, I know you’re not here for me to ramble on about my life so let’s get straight into this drawing on how to draw a bow.

This is a fairly straightforward drawing tutorial that utilizes a few shapes. I like drawings like these because they don’t require too much time for completion but they’re still fun.

If you’re a beginner, then I highly suggest you master tutorials such as this one as it will equip you with the necessary experience to become a master.

With that being said, let’s delve right into bow drawing.


Like in most tutorials, you need a reference image or object that can be used for your drawing. As you get more experienced, you’ll be able to use your imagination to draw items. For now, though, let’s use this image of a bow.

Bow Drawing Reference

This is a standard dress bow used in outfits. There aren’t too many details but we will add some creases to depict the flow/flexibility of the material.

Steps For Drawing A Bow

Step 1

Let’s begin this bow tie drawing with the center piece which is referred to as the knot. This is the joint that holds together both sides of the bow.

You can start at any corner and work your way into drawing a square.

Step 2

From each corner of the square, draw a slightly inward curving line in the direction it’s extending.

We’ll extend all of these lines in the next step but for now, we need a light reference so that they look quite similar.

Step 3

From the right side, extend both your lines further out by atleast 3 cm. Keep drawing in a slightly curved manner.

Step 4

Repeat the above instructions on the left side. On the right, connect both lines with a single outwardly rounded line.

Add another layer by with a rounded rectangle that starts slightly below the points of your previous line.

This will create a layered appearance and a double bow tie.

Step 5

How To Draw A Bow Step 5

For this step, add another outwardly rounded line that connects both lines on the left side of your bow drawing.

Step 6

How To Draw A Bow Step 6

Add a layer to the left by drawing a rectangle that’s about 1 cm in width and starts slightly below the end point of the main bow.

Step 7

How To Draw A Bow Step 7

For the final step in this tutorial on how to draw a bow, you can add some creases by drawing three curvy and wavy lines that extend out of the knot.

These lines can appear like spider legs and they should stop about 3/4 of the way out.

Final Drawing

Bow Drawing

Add some finishing touches by coloring your bow tie appropriately. You can do as I have or you can opt for two tones, one for the bottom layer and one for the surface layer.


That brings us to the end of our tutorial on how to draw a bow. I really hope you found this bow tie drawing to be fun and simple to follow.

Please be sure to share this drawing with someone who is interested in learning how to draw.

Additionally, head over to the comment section below and make a request for a tutorial that you would like for me to cover.

Before you go, be sure to check out some of my other drawing tutorials linked below.

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