This survey paper reviews the development of Content Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) field and especially the sketch based image retrieval (SBIR) as a core issue. An image is retrieved from the database in several ways in user queries. SBIR is one of the efficient and important methods which are not necessary to have a high skill to draw the query sketch. First, we review the feature extraction, features based matching, and indexing which represents the base of recall images. We also present in the concluding section general limitations of how the methods deal with the image retrieval and our views in image retrieval based on sketch query, which is also the future direction.