In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a razor using simple shapes and effects. I will show you how to create shadows and reflections to give more depth and volume to this shiny object. Razors come in different shapes and sizes. They can be disposable or not, made for manual use or inside electric devices. These practical objects were already made from various materials many centuries ago. Indeed, people were shaving using clam shells, shark teeth or bronze razors. For this simple lesson, let's draw a cartoon razor blade made from steel.
First, let's work on the silhouette of this razor clip art using irregular lines. You can start by drawing a perfect rectangle. Then, simply add two long blades on both sides of the object using straight lines. These basic additions are joined to the main silhouette using short curved lines. You can see the result below.
Next, it's time to draw a simple pattern inside the cartoon blade. This one is made from four horizontal oval shapes and a circle. All these shapes are joined by a long and thin vertical rectangle. Make sure this simple pattern is added in the middle of your illustration.
You can now use gradients inside the illustration. Blades are usually filled with a bright gray color. As you can see below, gradients allow us to create a darker color near the bottom and a bright one on top. Good work! This lesson on how to draw a razor blade is progressing nicely.
Now that this blade is drawn and filled with colors, let's proceed with the second part of this tutorial : adding basic effects to the image. Like I said earlier, blades are shiny objects. This is a cool property that we can take advantage of.
First, it can be a good idea to create depth using another shape. Simply draw exactly the same shape along the right side of the object to create a simple 3D look. Make sure this new addition is slightly darker so that the image remains easy to read.
Next, you can draw two more rectangle inside the blade to create contrast. These new elements can be filled with a dark gray color. It's also important to make sure both shapes are partially transparent. Otherwise, these new shapes will be too dark (which is not good if we want to create subtle effects).
On both sides of the blade, draw two long rectangles colored in white. Once again, make sure both shapes are partially transparent. These reflections are crucial to create more depth to the picture.
One last thing we can do to complete this lesson is to create more long white stripes. These shapes must be white and placed near the middle of the object. Yes, you also need to add transparency inside these rectangles.
Now that all steps are completed, you can see the final illustration below. Since you are now more familiar with the whole process, don't hesitate to draw more versions. You can draw blades using various colors, shapes, textures and effects. It can also be a good exercise to try different angles and perspectives.
I hope you had fun learning how to draw a razor blade made from basic shapes. All steps are grouped in the illustration found below. You are invited to try more simple lessons from the same series here. Have fun drawing new objects and don't forget to practice often.
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