How to Draw a Microscope

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Microscopes have been an important part of science for years. By looking into a microscope we have learned more about the structure of our own bodies, cells and even bacteria. Being able to examine chemicals, blood and plant matter closely has provided us with breakthroughs in medicine and technology. Drawing a microscope can best be accomplished by breaking the tool down into its various parts and drawing each of these as geometric shapes.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Black Ink Pen
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Draw a long rectangle pointing diagonally to the left corner of the page. Add on top of this a smaller rectangle pointing in the same direction. Attach a curved line to the upper left-hand side of the larger rectangle for the "arm" of the microscope. Add two small circles one intersecting the curved line at the top of the curve and the other just below this.

  • Draw and parallelogram. A 4 sided shape made of pairs of parallel diagonal and straight lines for the display tray known as the "stage". Attach this shape to the bottom of the curved line. Draw a square shaped parallelogram attached to the bottom left corner of the first parallelogram. Add a curved "c" shape that intersects the square parallelogram to create the base of the microscope.

  • Draw an oval at the bottom of the large rectangle. Attach 3 small rectangles to the oval. Make the stage seem 3-dimensional by adding parallel lines to the bottom of the parallelogram. Connect these shapes at the corners with vertical lines.

  • Add parallel lines to the curved line attached to the rectangle. This will create the neck of the microscope. Add a parallel curved line around the bottom of the base on the left outer side and inner right side. Draw a cube directly under the stage by drawing one square with a parallelogram attached to the top and right side. Draw two small semi circles under the front tips of the base, located on the right hand side.

  • Draw a line running horizontally across the top of the smaller rectangle to create the scope. Add another line at the base of this shape. Add a small thin rectangle at the top of the main, large rectangle. Add two parallel lines to the cube under the display tray. These lines will act as the power supply for the microscope's light.

  • Ink the entire drawing. Let the ink dry. Erase all of the pencil lines. Add horizontal lines to the cube to make the material appear corrugated. Add a small circle inside the middle of the display tray to create the hole for the light to come up.

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