Learning how to draw a plunger can be useful if you want to add common objects to your work. Whether you wish to create nice comic strips or paint a scene, it's always a good idea to be able to illustrate all kinds of objects like a plunger.
In this lesson, I will also show you how to create various effects to create something visually amazing. Indeed, not only will you learn how to sketch the silhouette of the plunger, but you will also have the opportunity to add shadows and highlights.
Ready? Let's start this fun tutorial now ...
First, we can sketch the handle using a mix of straight and curved lines. Both sides are made from straight lines, but the top is done using a short curved line. We can also draw another line on the bottom of the handle to create the junction with the cup.
Now that the handle is created, we can draw a long curved line to form the cup. Under the cup, a large oval shape is drawn to illustrate the flange. Notice how the flange is slightly larger than the cup.
We are not done yet with the flange! Indeed, you can draw another perfect oval shape below the one created in the previous step. This new addition is positioned slightly below the original oval and can be exactly the same width.
One last oval shape must be drawn inside the flange to complete the drawing part of this tutorial. This new shape must be smaller and narrower. It's also not quite centered compared to the previous shape. Indeed, this new element is a little bit lower. That's why the flange seems thicker in front and a slightly narrower near the back.
Now that the object is completely drawn, it's time to add colors. Learning how to draw a plunger that looks realistic implies using relevant colors and digital effects. In this case, the handle must be brown and the rest of the plunger can be red. Notice how the bottom part is darker, just like the ring located below the cup.
If you have access to a vector application, then using gradients will be relatively easy. This simple effect can also be added manually. Our goal is to make sure that all parts of the object are darker near the bottom and brighter on top. It's a simple technique that can add more depth and volume quickly and easily.
Shadows can also be sketched to help us create a more appealing image. For this lesson, shadows are drawn on the left side of the handle (near the bottom) and on the left side of the cup. One last shape is drawn inside the object (inside the darkest area).
These shadows must be filled with a darker color. For instance, the shadow located on the handle is filled with a dark brown color. Using transparency to create a realistic effect is also recommended.
We are not done yet! It's time to draw highlights using shapes that are mostly white. Since transparency is also used on these shapes, the effect can be (and must be) subtle. Reflections are created on the handle, the cup and around the external side of the flange.
Below, you can see the final version of the plunger once all shapes and digital effects are created. Don't hesitate to draw more versions using different colors, textures and perspective. This is definitely not a difficult object to draw, so feel free to experiment as often as possible.
If you need more help sketching and drawing this simple subject, then you can use the image found below. This one contains all steps required to learn how to draw a plunger properly.
Now that we are done with this lesson, you are invited to learn to draw more cool objects below. It's important to make sure that you can sketch tons of cool objects if you want to be an expert in your field of expertise. Have fun drawing and remember to practice on a daily basis. :)