How to Draw Keys | The Most Easiest and Step-by-Step Guideline

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of being able to do something yourself. Especially when that something is as useful as being able to draw a key!

Keys are an essential part of our lives, and learning how to draw them is a handy skill. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the easiest and most step-by-step process for drawing keys. 

So, whether you want to add a key to your sketchbook or just want to be able to draw one from memory, follow these simple steps, and you’ll be able to create keys in no time!

Different Keys Drawing with Step-By-Step Guideline

It can be really fun to learn how to draw keys, and it’s a skill that can come in handy for creating designs and illustrations.

Today, I will show you the easiest way to draw different keys – step by step. So, grab your sketchbook, and let’s get started!

What You Need to Draw

1. Drawing Simple Key

Here I am going to start this tutorial with a simple key. You’ll need a pencil, paper, and colors for this one.

Simple Key Drawing

Step-1: Start by drawing an oval for the top of the key. It should be a perfectly round shape. 

Step-2: Then, add two lines going right from the oval to create the sides of the key. The lines should be parallel to each other. Next, add a small triangle at the bottom of the key for the teeth.

Step-3: Draw a zigzag line over the upper parallel line at this stage. 

Step-4: Inside the oval, draw a hole on the left side by which people hang keys. Draw another half circle inside the oval around the hole to add details. 

Step-5: Finally, draw four small lines across the key’s middle to finish it. It is for adding details. Detailing your drawing can bring it to life and make it look more realistic. 

Color It

First, use the eraser to lightly erase some of the pencil lines from your drawing. It will help the key stand out more when you add color.

Next, start coloring your drawing with markers or pens. You can make the key any color you want!  I have used the yellow color for this, but feel free to experiment.

Finally, add some shading to give your key drawing more dimension. To do this, simply darken some lines with your marker or pen. Though I haven’t done anything here, you can do it if you want.

2. Drawing Skeleton Key

You need a pencil, a black pen, and an eraser to draw the skeleton key. You can use any type of paper, but I recommend using a sketchbook.

Drawing a skeleton key is not a big deal. There are both easy and hard ways of drawing this key. But in this tutorial, I will show you how to draw a key in easy ways. So, let’s get started!

Skeleton Key Drawing

Step-1: First, start by drawing the top part of the key. It’s basically a perfect ellipse. 

Step-2: Now, draw two parallel lines from left to the right for making the bottom of the key. 

Step-3: Draw the teeth of the key, which is actually rectangle that you need to draw on the right end of the parallel lines. Remember to draw it on the lower part.

Now you have the basic shape of the key! But this is not the end, as you need to draw a zigzag line on the lower part to make it more realistic. 

Step-4: Next, draw a hole inside the ellipse, which means inside the top of the key. And erase the upper line of the rectangle following the reference image. 

Step-5: Finally, add details like ridges on either side of the shaft and teeth on one end of the key. Erase any extra lines, and you’re done!

Don’t forget to add some color to make it look more beautiful. I have added yellow color, but you can always experiment with colors!

3. Drawing a Car Key

Drawing a car key is very easy. Just follow these simple steps, and you can draw it perfectly.

Drawing a Car Key

Step-1: Start by drawing a straight line. Then add another vertically straight small line on the left side. Now make a basic key shape following the reference image. 

Step-2: Outline the key darker using a marker or pen and erase the inside lines. Draw another short line from top to bottom.

Step-3: Using a zigzag line, create the teeth of the key. Since it’s a car key, you must make teeth on both sides of the key bottom. 

Step-4: Make a small rectangle inside the top of the key.

Step-5: Erase unnecessary lines and color them to make them more realistic. 

4. Drawing a Pair of Keys (It’s Fantastic)

Drawing a Pair of Keys

Rather than a single key, drawing a pair of keys is a little bit complicated. But I am here to make your task easier with my step-by-step key drawing tutorial. So, let’s get started.

Step-1: Draw a long vertical line and a short horizontal line on the upper side of the vertical straight line. It will look like the Jesus cross.

Now, make an outline of the basic key shape around the cross following the reference image. 

Step-2: Using a curve line, give a shape of the key top. Then on the right side of the key, draw a zigzag line to make the teeth. 

Step-3: Next, you have to add some details inside the key. For example – draw the keyring hole, key number plate, and key shaft. 

Step-4: Finally, add the second key behind the primary key using a 45-degree angle line. Add some details like key teeth and key shaft into it.

Finish the drawing by coloring the pair. I have used yellow and ash here. But you can always experiment with color. 

Wrap Up

And there you have it – a simple guide on how to draw keys! By following these steps, you’ll be able to create realistic-looking keys that are perfect for adding to designs and illustrations.

So grab a pencil and paper and give it a try! I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. With a bit of practice, you’ll be an expert at drawing keys in no time!

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Hi there! I’m Eva, artist, designer, photographer and mom of three little gentlemen altogether. When I’m not playing with my kids, you’ll find me researching and writing for ChooseMarker.

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