How to Draw a Police Badge

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A police badge has an extraordinary amount of detail. Create an accurate police badge with this free video tutorial presented by a professional artist.

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Hi, I'm Dori DeCamillis from Red Dot Gallery. We're going to learn how to draw a police badge. First, I'm going to draw a soft line down the center, so I can keep my police badge symmetrical. I'll draw a little top, this top part is going to be the top of my eagle. I want it to be symmetrical. I can't promise it's going to be perfect on this quick drawing, but this is going to be our basic shape. This top part is going to be a little eagle, or other large-winged raptor. And, I'll give him just a little bit of detail. In the center, we're going to draw the emblem of whatever city it is. This is going to be the emblem of my city, is a big statue of the Vulcan. So, I'm going to draw that in there. Around that emblem, we can draw a little thicker border over the top, and we'll have a little scroll. Starts as sort of a crooked square. Then, I come off like this, little shadowing. I'm not sure what you would write in here, but we're going to write "officer". We'll have another shape down here that's for another word. You can give your word some serifs if you want to make it a little more fancy. Now, around the outside, I'm going to make a border for some ornamentation. Basically, we're going to do big leaves. Now, I'm just doing the outline basically. You can shade each of those leaves, or give them a little bit more definition to make them a little more interesting. You can even give this edge of your police badge a little bit of a shaped border, by going around the leaves like that. And, lastly, put a little bit more ornamentation in here. You can shade in the leftover places to give it a little definition. A little bit of 3-D molding like this is called "relief". It's a very small relief, because it's a small object. But, when you put a little bit of shading around it, the parts that stick out look a little more three dimensional. They're actually just slightly three dimensional. Then, I would go ahead and make outlines around some of the stuff, to make it stand out a little bit more. And, like I said, you can put details like this in your leaves if you get to that point. And then, you want to erase your guideline. You could have done that a little earlier, actually. That is how you draw a police badge.

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