How to Draw a Cell

By Amy Lukavics

The human cell is very complex, with many different parts making up the cell as a whole. While drawing a cell doesn't take too much skill, it's important to make sure you accurately portray each of the cell's parts so that the final product is not only polished, but also correct. Whether you choose to label each part in your drawing like a diagram is up to you, as some of the parts are similar in shape but carry out different functions.

Sketch out the entire body of the cell on a piece of drawing paper using a pencil. The cell should be a large, circular shape. Draw a thin layer around the cell to represent the membrane.

Draw another circular shape inside of the cell, slightly off-center and much smaller than the cell itself. This shape is the nucleus. Inside of the nucleus, create long sprinkle-shaped designs to represent the chromosomes, and yet another circle, the nucleolus.

Create a cluster of long, squished oval shapes within the main body of the cell outside of the nucleus. These are the golgi. Sprinkle various sized circles around the golgi, and then a cluster of tiny circles. The various sized circles are the vacuoles and lysosomes, and the tiny circles are called free ribosomes.

Sketch a few kidney bean–shaped structures, known as the mitochondria, amongst all the other parts of the cell. Make sure to leave room for a long, ribbon-shaped structure that is sprinkled with more tiny circular ribosomes. The ribbon-shaped structure is the endoplasmic reticulum.

Use the side of your pencil to shade all the free space within the cell that isn't occupied by one of the other parts, to represent the cytoplasm.

About the Author

Amy Lukavics is an Arizona resident who has been a professional writer since 2009. She contributes to the blog Hello, Moon and her writing interests include cooking, crafts, pregnancy, health and beauty.