How To Draw A Key –In Easy Steps

In this drawing lesson, you’ll learn the simple steps for how to draw a key.

A good way to learn the drawing process is to break objects into basic shapes.

And that’s what we’ve done. We have separated each basic shape of a key and put them into separate, easy steps to draw.  

Not all keys are alike and will have different shapes, often based on their purpose.

a gold colored key

Once you learn how to draw the form of the key in the reference image, you’ll be able to draw many different key types, including car keys and even ones for a treasure chest. 

For another fun drawing lesson, check out how to draw a cool lightning bolt

Materials For How to Draw A Key

  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener

It’s a good idea to have a few sheets of paper on hand in case you want to redraw a step.

Optional Materials

  • Black pen
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils

Ready to sharpen your drawing skills? Let’s move on to the first step.

How To Draw A Key Step By Step Tutorial

The different steps of how to draw a key with each step marked by dotted lines to draw.

Step 1. Draw The Key’s Head

First, you’ll draw the top of the key by making a circle.

Step 2. Make The Key’s Blade

a circle with a dotted rectangle.

Now for the outline of the blade, draw a rectangle connecting the top part of the key.

Place it just inside the right side of the circle. 

Step 3. Draw The Tip Of The Key

triangle added to rectangle in a dotted line.

Go ahead and erase the vertical line on the key’s head you drew in the previous step. 

Next, create the bottom of the key by drawing a small triangle at the end of the rectangle.

Step 4. Create The Shoulder

wider lines drawn at top of key blade.

For this next step, you’ll create the sides of the wider part of the blade.

First, erase the line between the blade and tip of the key from the last step.

Then draw two short straight lines on the sides of the key’s blade, right where it meets the head. They will be just slightly outside the blade.

Then connect them with a short vertical line. You’ll be left with a little indent before the ridges start, which you’ll be drawing in the next step.

Step 5. Draw Key’s Ridges

ridges drawn on side of key

Now create the inner details. You’ll start near the top (or left) edge of the key, a little bit further down the blade (about ¼ of the way down).

Draw a short angled line inward, then make a series of three bumps. The same shapes you make on this side of the key, you will mirror on the other side.

Step 6. Make The Profile Contour On The Front Of The Key

dotted parallel lines drawn in the middle of the key's blade.

For this next step, erase the small rectangle where the key’s head and blade meet.

Now to make the contour in the middle, draw two long parallel lines down the middle of the blade, stopping before the tip starts.

Step 7. Round Off The Contour

Rounded parallel lines.

To start, erase the lines that cover each side of the key’s furrow.

Next, connect the parallel lines with a short curved line at each end to have a thin rectangle with rounded ends.

Step 8. Draw The Keyring Hole

final line drawing for how to draw a key

For the last step, draw a small circle near the upper part of the key.

And then feel free to add final touches to your key drawing, such as coloring it in.

To make the key look more realistic, you could add some shading, or lighter highlights if you are coloring it.

Don’t forget to Pin it for later!

How To Draw A Key- In Easy Steps

Learning how to draw a key is simple with this drawing tutorial. We'll show you how to use basic shapes to make the shape of key in a few easy steps.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • piece of paper
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • pencil sharpener

Tools

  • Please see the full materials list above the tutorial for details and links.

Instructions

  1. Draw The Key’s Head Starting With A Circle
  2. Make The Key’s Blade By Drawing A Rectangle
  3. Draw The Tip Of The Key As A Triangle Shape
  4. Create The Shoulder And Add Lines To The Side Near The Top Of The Blade
  5. Draw Key’s Ridges As A Series Of Bumps
  6. Make The Profile Contour On The Front Of The Key
  7. Round Off The Contour At The Parallel Lines
  8. Draw The Keyring Hole Which Is A Small Circle Near The Top