Draw a Computer

Want to draw a quick diagram of a computer but just not sure how? Follow this easy guide and you will be drawing a computer in no time at all!


  1. Start out by drawing a rectangle or a square on the paper. This will be your computer's monitor. For LCD monitors, make the rectangular cube be a bit thinner and a bit closer to the first cube you drew of a line connecting the two sides (front and back together).
  2. Draw a switch or add some buttons onto the monitor for the power and several monitor adjustment buttons (such as a plus and minus when switching between the options. Newer monitors have buttons that are drawn as an oval or circle, but the olden-days monitors of the late 80s and early 90s contained on-off switches for the monitor that can be drawn as a rectangular switch on one of the sides of the monitor.
  3. Draw another small rectangle at the bottom of your computer's monitor. This will be it's stand that will seem like it connects in the back of the monitor.
  4. Draw the absolute base point for the monitor. The absolute base point of this, creates the stability point for the monitor, ensuring the stand won't have the computer fall over on it's own. If this computer is an LCD monitor, you can also make it curved, as long as it has a connection point to the monitor itself while the glass panel seems to hang freely from the connection point in back of the monitor.
  5. Draw the computer's CPU/hard drive unit to the right of the monitor. Draw a rectangular cube to the right of the computer's monitor. Make sure to draw a small circle for the power button on it and a thin long oval and a button or two inside of it for the CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive.
    • Older computers of the 80s and 90s were elongated and even half as tall as those we know today as a CPU. Many had square diskette drives where 3+1/2 inch and 5+1/4 inch disks(to scale, these would seem smaller) could be inserted that weren't drawn as an ovular shape, but had an additional green light on the smaller drive and an additional closing switch (that can be drawn as a J-shaped hook over top of the disk drive itself).
  6. Draw another rectangle below the monitor and fill the rectangle with several small squares in a checkerboard pattern.This is your keyboard. The square layout should resemble the key layout on your keyboard.
  7. Draw a Draw a Computer Mouse next to the keyboard. If you want a simpler version, you can draw an oval shape with the top divided into two and a button placed in the middle.
  8. Draw a printer. Draw one other cube (or rectangular cube). For older style printers, you can draw to unconnected lines coming out of the top - as these are the paper feeder spot. For the newer printers, you can adjust the placement and angle at which this paper feeding area is placed and place it below that and curve the lines at the end in the style of a cube. You can make this one hard-wired or wireless, dependent on your thoughts on the matter.
  9. Draw the external accessory components of the computer, now that the main computer has been drawn. If you wish, you can also draw a set of speakers, a UPS, a Wi-Fi router,and other accessories.
  10. Draw the wires between at least the monitor to the CPU and the CPU to keyboard, CPU to mouse (if you want the mouse to be wired). Try to avoid drawing wires through other pieces that aren't being connected. Don't draw wires through your LCD monitor's base if it connected to a set of speakers and if it's coming from the CPU.
  11. Label the company onto the computer (optional). Apple products look like an apple that's had a bite taken out of it from the top-righthand side (jagged as it may be), while Hewlett-Packard (just the two lettered lower-case"hp" denoted) and Dell (with it's all uppercase "DELL" insignia denoted) and several other major ones are just alphabetical letters. Gateway is a Dalmatian-spotted (almost 3D like) box above the word "Gateway" (where the G dips below (by a little) the rest of the word in it's traditional form "ateway").
    • In the case of the former Gateway logo, one of these "spots" on the box was colored in green while the remainder were colored in black.
    • On a really old Apple computer, the apple was colored in rainbow colors, starting with the apple's stem colored in, in green.[1]
    • While not used too much anymore in homes, there are big companies such as IBM which had it's trademark IBM logo in the bottom right of all the products they made.[2]
  12. Color the computer, if you wish.


  • Draw with a sharp tipped pencil to improve accuracy and easily correct errors.
  • Other accessories are also simple to draw. A speaker could be a rectangle with a few buttons at the bottom etc.
  • Avoid using a pen as they don't erase should you make a mistake.

Things You'll Need

  • A sheet of paper
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • An eraser
  • Optional: Crayons or colored pencils
  • Optional (But not recommended): Pen

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