How to Draw a Broken Window Effect

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The broken window effect is a great way to add a little realism to your work. Draw a broken window effect with help from an artist with many years of drawing training and experience in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Rosalie and I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to do a broken window effect. So, a broken window is broken glass. I'm going to draw a window pane like a frame around the pane of glass that's broken. That's just a rectangle. So, I'm just drawing that in. And the broken glass, in this case it's like as if maybe there was a bullet hole in it. And that would be like a round sort of, you could draw like a circle first as a guideline. And then you could have shard shapes coming in and like cracks radiating out from the center. And you can cross over, it's almost like a spider web kind of. And it has like jagged pieces coming in. But the center is an empty hole. And it's just like, you just kind of want to draw in the shatter effect. I'm exaggerating it but you get the idea like these sort of sharp triangular shards and cracks like coming in. So, that's the hole right there in the middle. And that part's empty. That doesn't have glass in it. Another kind of broken window the effect could be here is the window, and someone has like smashed the glass out of it, mostly. But there's still a little bit clinging in the frame. So, you would just put some angular pieces like jagged clinging in to the border of the frame. And it would just be random. You could have like some points like that. And those are just like the residual pieces of glass after the rest of the window has been smashed out. You could put some cracks in that. So, that's how I draw a broken window effect.


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