How To Draw A Banner?
Simple step-by-step instructions are provided to help you learn how to draw a banner. Three different banners: a straightforward banner to get you going, a wonderful wavy banner for a nicer appearance, and an ultimate double banner to demonstrate all the techniques you might need for any banner shape.
Exploring Various Types of Banners
Discover the diverse world of banners with a look at different types, styles, and creative variations in banner design.
1. Simple Straight Banner: The Basics of Banner Folds
The easiest approach to learning how to design the banner folds without getting lost is with our first banner, which is a pretty straightforward straight banner comprised of three rectangles.
2. Ribbon with Wavy Lines: Adding Elegance to Your Banner
We sketched a ribbon with a similar design for the second banner, but we added some smooth, wavy lines. The contour of the banner becomes softer and more intriguing as a result.
3. Twin Banner Mastery: Creating Complex Banner Shapes
A twin banner serves as our final display. It will show you many ways to make a banner of any shape, including how to combine two lines of text and fold the banner’s ends to either side.
Simple straight banner drawing instructions
We only used three rectangles and a few extra straight lines to create our first banner. It is the ideal place to start learning how to create banner folds. The line shading adds dimension to the banner and skillfully hides the ribbon’s folds.
Step 1: Draw the base banner rectangles
Draw a rectangle at the top of the banner that is long enough to accommodate the message you want to include. The folded banner ends will be two shorter rectangles that are slightly offset on each side.
Here, the banner folds are depicted below the main rectangle. Simply shift them up if you want your banner folded the other way around.
Step 2: Sketch the fold lines and end cutouts for the banner
Connect the inner corners of the smaller fold rectangles to the outside corners of the main rectangle using a simple straight line to connect the folded banner ends to the main banner.
At the banner’s ends, add two “V” cutouts, one on each side. And that’s it; the straightforward banner sketch is completed in just two easy steps.
Step 1: Draft the banner’s outline
It is as easy to sketch the banner as it is to outline it. Outline every line, excluding only the cut-out outer margins.
Step 2: Darken the banner
The shading is the last crucial component that will give the banner a 3D appearance. The banner should be kept simple in this case so that additional line art can be used to highlight the hand lettering. So, we use straightforward, separate lines to shade.
Spaced vertical lines encircle the two triangles formed by the ribbon folds. The major banner borders should then have some horizontal lines added to them to represent the stress folds in the ribbon. Observe how the lines are longer at the top and bottom and shorter in the middle.
Finished straight banner drawing
And finally, after erasing the sketch lines and adding some writing, here is the finished simple banner drawing. This is the simplest approach to drawing a banner because it only requires three rectangles and four simple steps.
Simple wave banner drawing instructions
The second banner is not significantly more difficult than the first. A ribbon with a similar design is being drawn, but the folds are being depicted using some smooth, wavy lines rather than the simplified square folds. The contour of the banner becomes softer and more intriguing as a result.
Step 1: Draw the foundation banner curve
Let’s sketch the wavy banner’s foundation curve. It consists of two separate components: The long, wide arch at the top is the first component; once more, draw it wide enough to accommodate your planned message. Add the folded ribbon ends after that. These are constructed from two “S” curves with mirrored ends.
Step 2: Include the banner sides
The sides of the flag should then be added. These should consist of four short lines that are all the same length and as tall as the ribbon you intend to use.
To go to the furthest point where the line changes direction, add two lines at either end of the line and two more at the top corner of the “S” curves.
If you look closely, you will see that our lines have a tiny curve to them to maintain the ribbon’s overall dynamic, wavy appearance.
Step 3: Sketch the banner’s top edges
The higher margins must now be drawn in order to complete the wave banner shape. These are straightforward curves that run parallel to the shape of your baseline.
Step 4: Finish by including the missing cutouts and fold lines for the banner
Add two more upward edge lines at the inner folds, which are the two low corners of the “S” curves, to finish the wave banner drawing.
Draw the “V” cutouts at the ribbon ends once more to add some contrast to the clean lines (or leave your ribbon edges straight for a change).
Step 1: Draft the banner’s outline
Outline all the lines similarly to the last straightforward banner, excluding only the extreme corners that are chopped out (if you have decided to sketch the cutouts, that is).
Step 2: Darken the banner
Similar to the plain square form above, the shading for the wavy banner is as follows: Spaced vertical lines are used to shade the corners of the two ribbon folds. Then, add some horizontal lines with shorter lines in the centre and longer lines at the top and bottom to the main banner to imply the strain in the folds.
Finished wavy banner drawing
Finally, with the sketch lines removed and some writing added, here is the finished wave banner drawing. Although drawing a banner with curved corners is a little more difficult, the end effect is more dynamic and fascinating. The banner also appears more shabby and vintage due to the smooth contours.
Double Banner drawing instructions
You will discover how to draw a banner with two lines of text in the third banner, which is a double banner. We bend the main text area up and each ribbon end to a different side, one up and the other down, for variety and practice.
Step 1: Draw the base banner text regions
Beginning with the two major text spaces, sketch the double banner. The text will be twisted this time.
Draw a rectangle with curved sides that is the same width as your text. Then divide it into two equal-height sections, one for each line of the text, and leave a small space between them.
Step 2: Draw the folded ribbon ends
Now, consider adding folded outside ribbon edges. These are simply two “S” curves, one in the top left corner and one in the bottom right.
Step 3: Add the remaining ribbon edges
Draw the other edges for the ribbon ends; these should simply be parallel to the other edges and spaced the same as the height of your text fields (or the ribbon width).
Then, draw the two “C”-shaped curves that seamlessly connect the two text lines. These hidden folded edges are located between the two text lines.
Step 4: Cut out the ends of the ribbon and fold the edges
The vertical sides at the farthest point of the “S” curves, where the line changes direction, are the final few lines that complete the folded ribbon banner shape. The “V” cuts at each ribbon end come last. Our banner sketch is now complete.
Step 1: sketch the upper banner line
Outline the double banner in numerous sections to prevent getting lost because the drawing is a little more complicated. Start by sketching the banner’s upper text area, including the top “S” curve and the lower “J” border that slopes downward to the following line. Because we will subsequently round off the sharp edges, you’ll see that we are not drawing the line all the way to the finish.
Step 2: Draw a line under the lower banner
The “J” curve at the top and the “S” curve for the bottom edge make up the lower text area’s mirror copy of the upper one. Once more, avoid drawing all the way to the corners.
Step 3: Tighten the banner’s vertical sides
It’s time to seal off those corners now! The ribbon’s vertical ends should be somewhat curled out on both sides for both text regions. Round off the sharp edges.
Step 4: Draw the final ribbon edges
Outline the remaining drawing lines for the cut-out edges and vertical fold lines to finish the banner shape.
Step 5: Darken the banner
Once more, the shading is crucial in highlighting the banner’s shape and folds.
Hatch the little triangles in the “S”-shaped end folds just like the simple banners. The middle area between the two banner rows, where the ribbon crosses from one line to the next, should then be shaded using the same vertical hatch lines.
Finished drawing a twin banner
The final drawing of the twin banner is now complete. After removing the sketch lines and adding some text, this is the finished product. If you are able to draw the double banner, then you are well on your way to mastering the art of drawing banners of any shape, including ones that are curved up or down. You can also add additional text layers by repeating the transition between the lines as many times as needed.