How to Draw Scissors

If you’ve ever tried to draw scissors before, you probably know how easy it is to mess up where the blades come together or how the gaps in the handles should look.

Let’s get you over those hurdles so that you can use this iconic object in upcoming sketchnoting sessions.

First up, a simple line drawing:

The simplest line drawing of a pair of scissors.

That one can be your quick and dirty version when you just need a simple visual cue.

Next, a version with a bit more detail and depth to it:

Adding some depth with this more realistic drawing of scissors.

That version could serve well within a title sketch, or maybe as a container.

And finally, how you might use scissors within a visual metaphor:

Turning scissors into a visual metaphor, perhaps to help capture actions or ideas you want to get rid of and others you want to keep.

Keep that one in mind whenever phrases like cutting or trimming or dividing come into the conversation.

As simple as it might seem, I really enjoyed starting with a well-known object like a pair of scissors and then thinking about how that object might be used to tell a story or organize a set of ideas.

Good luck as you apply the icon, detailed, or metaphoric version of scissors within an upcoming sketchnoting session!


Free Sketchnoting Guide

Want to give sketchnoting a try but not sure where to start? Check out this sample of The Verbal To Visual Notebook:

That 100% hand-sketched notebook includes a set of prompts to help you put pen to paper and start sketching out ideas yourself.

You can get the free guide here.