How to Draw an Apple iPad

Simplified cartoon drawing of an Apple iPad tablet device.

OK. In this cartoon drawing lesson – let’s tackle the Apple iPad, one of the most popular tech products on the market.

Using Photoshop, I created this cartoon replica – to look as close as possible to the real thing, yet simplified – so that it’s easier to visualize and create.

Please use the steps, here on this page – to help understand the sequence, to perhaps best draw, this popular Apple gadget.

Let’s begin!

Learn How to Draw a Apple iPad

First thing then – go ahead and sketch out a basic frame for your device.

In Photoshop, it’s easy – as you can use various "shape tools" which keep lines nice and straight, or perfectly curved…

Wherever you need them to be.

Here’s the basic look – in the beginning…

How to draw an Apple iPad - a simple framework.

Using a ruler of course – go ahead and draw in some more lines – to help your drawing resemble even more so, a tablet.

Circle button? Check.

Dock area? Check.

And the green horizontal line…

Apple iPad framework drawing with a horizontal line.

Shows where the horizon will be – in a cartoonified image of the popular wallpaper background, you often see in the models Apple uses, to advertise its product.

As always though, have fun – and come up with your own interesting wallpaper. Just follow these steps, to have a better idea of when and how, to sketch it in.

Oh – and do the same with the apps too…

Have fun! Get creative!

Drawing the app icons for an Apple iPad cartoon design.

OK. So here it is now, apps in place – just like the real Apple iPad.

Next up – it’s on to the lines!

So first thing then, bring out the perimeter of the device, once again – as well as the screen area, like so…

Drawing of an Apple iPad cartoon with border lines.

And next up…

The dock, button, top menu area – and then, as I’ve decided to go with in this particular Apple iPad example – the horizon line, with a ‘squiggly’ line on top – one that will eventually become the water, mountain range, and sky…

Of the wallpaper.

Again, get creative. You can draw ANYTHING here – so go ahead and have fun sketching a wallpaper.

Just keep in mind though – if you’re drawing it out on paper, make a note of where the apps are – so you don’t have to go erasing to much, a bit later on.

Drawing of an Apple iPad cartoon with wallpaper design lines.

Fading out to grey, what we’ve already drawn – as the lesson proceeds…

Next, go ahead and bring forth the apps.

Looking like this…

Apple iPad cartoon drawing with app icons in place.

And now – with the basic tablet look, complete…

It’s coloring time!

In Photoshop, I’ve used a gradient – dark grey to black, for its main color…

Apple iPad cartoon drawing with black bevel.

And same thing with the mountain – again, a gradient – two shades of brown this time…

Cartoon Apple iPad drawing with dock and wallpaper.

Next up – some color for your apps.

Again, this is a point – where you’ll probably want to spend more time.

Have fun drawing animals, people, letters, logos, etc. – for all of your replica or imaginary apps…

Apple iPad drawing with colored app icons.

And then – in the very end – *nice and simplified* – here’s the iPad complete…

Colored Apple iPad cartoon drawing image.

Compare this cartoon drawing, to a photo of a real Apple iPad – and you’ll see how I’ve left out some details, things like buttons (volume and power) on the side, and things like text and menu items also.

The point?

The goal – being to create a cartoony *simplified* version of the real thing…

It’s not necessary to go overboard with details.

The main thing, is that when someone looks at the finished product, they’ll think – "Yes, that’s an iPad".

Hope you enjoyed it! See you real soon, for another lesson. 🙂