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How to Draw a Helicopter (Tutorial) in 12 Simple Steps (for Kids)

Easy steps on how to draw a helicopter.

Learning to draw a helicopter is fun and it’s another vehicle to add to scenes.  While it’s fun to draw already-finished coloring pages, it can also be a lot of fun to draw your own illustrations and then color them.

This is our step-by-step helicopter drawing tutorial for kids resulting in a fun, simple helicopter illustration.

It’s super simple – just do the steps below.  Don’t worry if your lines aren’t exactly like the ones below… if you get close you’ll end up with a fine looking helicopter illustration.

Easy steps on how to draw a helicopter.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Coloring Material


Step 1: Draw a Circle

Draw the circle for the body of the helicopter.

The first step requires drawing a fairly large circle that will form the main body of the helicopter.  Leave room above, below and to the left for the other parts of the helicopter.

Step 2: Start the Tail

Draw the tail of the helicopter.

Next draw beginning stages of the tail.  Don’t worry, it’ll get smoothed out in later steps.  This is to help get the overall shape of the helicopter underway.

Step 3: Draw the Helicopter Nose

Draw the nose of the helicopter.

Drawing the start of the nose is a simple curve on the bottom right of the large circle.  Again, don’t worry about the extra line – it gets erased later to complete the outline of the helicopter.

Step 4: Finish Helicopter Tail

Finish the tail of the helicopter.

This step involves adding the tail end of the tail angled upward.

Step 5: Smooth Out the Tail Angles

Remove extra detail on the tail.

This step is where the tail takes shape.  You remove the line and smooth out the edges.

Step 6: Finish the Helicopter Outline by Erasing Unnecessary Lines

Remove extra detail on the nose.

This is where the front of the helicopter takes shape. Remove the extra line and you end up with a proper-looking nose.  It’s starting to shape up beautifully at this point.

Step 7: Start the Rotor

Draw the rotor of the helicopter.

Step 7 is where we start adding some of the additional details that make a helicopter a helicopter.  This step is the beginning of the main rotor and it’s done so with an oval floating above the helicopter body.

Step 8: Add the Helicopter Blades

Add the blades of the helicoper.

Now draw the long blades like flower petals attached to the rotary.

Step 9: Draw the Beginning of the Tail Rotor

Add the rotor on the tail of the helicopter.

Helicopters need a tail rotor and blades as well.  We start this part of the illustration with a circle over the tip of the existing tail.

Step 10: Draw the Window

Draw the window of the helicopter.

Here is where you turn your helicopter outline into something that resembles a helicopter merely by adding the front window as shown above.

Step 11: Add the Tail Rotor Blades

Add the rotor blades of the helicopter.

Here you erase the lines inside the tail rotor circle and then add the three blades as shown.

Step 12: Draw the Passenger Window

Add the passenger windows.

To add a little more life-likeness to this helicopter illustration, draw a soft oval to the left of the main window which serves as the passenger window.

Step 13: Drawing Completed – Color It!!

Easy steps on how to draw a helicopter.

That’s it… you’re done in 12 simple steps.  Step 13 is where you get to color it… any color you want. Have fun and thanks for going through this tutorial.

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