How to Draw Bubbles

How to Draw Bubbles


If you want to learn to draw something, it is important to work intensively on it and at best to draw it from a reference in real life. But this seems almost impossible to do with a bubble, as they burst after a few seconds and literally disappear into thin air.

Sharpen your colored pencils and start looking for a photo reference, because we will now go through a few basics for drawing bubbles.

Sketch of a bubble

Before we start, one thing is particularly important: we have to mentally divide bubbles into two halves, one half of which is not only the horizontal but also the vertical reflection of the other half.

In the example sketch, I have drawn light points where you can see this type of reflection. It is not just mirrored, because the light reflexes are not all located on the right side of the bubble.

Our example drawing is a very simplified version. If you want to draw the reflection of a forest or a house, you should consider the curvature of the bubble in addition to the horizontal and vertical reflection. A tree does not grow straight up, but is curved by the round surface of the bubble.

Sketch bubble

Colours in a bubble

The colour spectrum of a bubble can be as colourful as a rainbow, but can also be drawn with for example different shades of only blue.

However, the bubble should have at least one light reflex (plus its horizontal and vertical reflection), because it needs light to be visible.

To draw a simple bubble, you can leave the middle free. But if you want to draw a complex bubble, you can even play with overlapping reflections in the middle.

Colours in a bubble

Contrasts in a bubble

Especially along the edges of a soap bubble it can get quite dark sometimes, as we look sideways at a lot of surface that contains a lot of reflections and light reflexes.

This rich variety of strong contrasts gives the bubble the shine that makes it look like glass.

Contrasts in the soap bubble

Background for the bubble

In our example we have drawn the bubble on white paper. If this is too boring for you, you can add any background to the rest of the white area (except to the light reflections of course).

On dark backgrounds, bubbles look even more intense, which is why many drawings of bubbles are drawn directly on black paper. The steps are the same, only here one would draw the white light reflections with a white pencil.

Drawing bubbles

By the way, the preparations for a drawing by Sailor Mercury were the trigger for this little tutorial. I never drew bubbles before, but really wanted to include them in the drawing.

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