How to Draw 3-D Bubbles

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Drawing 3D bubbles is a great way to experiment with dimension in your work. Find out how to draw 3D bubbles with help from an artist who teaches art to children and adults in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Patricia. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw 3D bubbles. Now when you begin drawing your bubble, draw a nice circle and then after you've drawn your circle, we're going to draw the reflection and it's usually two circles. So the light source here would be coming from this direction. If you have it coming from a different direction like here, then your circle would be here and here. And this is a lighter are of the bubble so I'm going to color it in white since I'm using white and once I've done that, I'm going to start putting a little more white around the edges of the bubble. Because if you look at a bubble, the edges are a little bit lighter than the rest of it so you're going to want to make the edges lighter. So here I've lightened my edges a little bit and then as you go in bubbles are transparent but they still have you know, the bubble shape so you can shade it in a little bit. Because I can't really shade with the pen I'm just going to do a little crosshatching so that you get the feel of it being a little bit shaded. Notice how my lines are in the direction of the bubble. When you're shading it in always draw your lines in a nice arc form in the shape of whatever you're drawing. It's very important because it gives the viewer the feeling of shape and then they'll understand your drawing better. Alright and then since it is a bubble, usually if you look at bubbles floating around in the air they have all these beautiful colors, just swimming around on the surface so I'm just going to add some colors, if you'd like, you don't have to. You can just stop when I finish the white part, you can stop and that would be your bubble or you can add just swirling colors around the bubble and they might be blues, yellows, greens. I think looking at bubbles is such a fascinating thing to do because the colors just keep swirling and they're pretty incredible. Alright, so there is your 3D bubble. Enjoy.

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