Learning how to draw a thermometer filled with cool effects can be a fun exercise. This object is relatively easy to duplicate, so adding shadows and reflections can be a good idea to bring this lesson to another level. The level of details is pretty low and textures are not needed for this tutorial.
Drawing this object can be useful if you are depicted a hospital or any other similar environment. Of course, in some illustrations the thermometer can be smaller so all these details might not be needed. Still, let's see how we can come up with a realistic cartoon version of a thermometer using this fun lesson below.
First, you can sketch the silhouette of the object using a mix of curved and straight lines. The bulb is made from small curved lines and is connected to a larger body. On the right side of the object, a small handle drawn using larger lines can be seen. Notice how all lines are made from pointed ends.
Once you are done creating the silhouette of the cartoon thermometer, you can sketch the display using four straight lines near the middle of the object. On the right side of the display, a single button is added using a small circular shape. The button itself is located inside the circle.
Inside the display, you can add a number using a digital style. These numbers are made from small straight lines. For this example, the number displayed is "37,7". Make sure that this series of number is located in the middle of the display.
We are now done illustrating the thermometer. It's time to add colors inside the object to create something visually more appealing. The body of the subject is filled with a light gray color. The display is blue. The handle on the right side is also blue, but a different color is used. For the button, the digits and the bulb, a dark gray color is required.
This lesson on how to draw a thermometer is not completed yet! Indeed, you can now add gradients inside the cartoon object to create more depth. As you can see below, all parts of the thermometer are now darker near the bottom and brighter on top.
Adding gradients can help you create basic shadows quickly and easily. It's a nice technique to help you create a complex object, but we can do more using additional shapes. For this step, let's draw dark shadows on the subject.
Two shadows are drawn on the cartoon thermometer. One is sketched on the bottom part of the thermometer and a second one is drawn on the handle. Both shapes are dark and partially transparent to create a realistic effect.
Using the same recipe, let's draw a few reflections on the object. These new elements must also be transparent, but instead of being colored in black they must be white. You can draw subtle highlights on the bulb, the body, the handle and inside the display.
Nice work! This lesson on how to draw a thermometer filled with cool digital effects is now finished. You can see the final result below. Feel free to draw more versions using various colors, textures and shapes. All tips learned here can also be applied on other objects.
If you are struggling drawing this fun object, you can use the image below to help you understand all steps in minutes. Sometimes it can be easier to figure out how things are working by looking at the whole process all at once.
I hope you had fun learning to draw this cute thermometer. More adorable objects to draw can be found here. If the medical world is your thing, then more lessons featuring cute dentists, doctors and nurses can be found below. Have fun drawing and remember to practice on a regular basis. Enjoy! :)