How to Draw a Bucket

A bucket is a good drawing exercise for learning perspective. It's a simple shape, but with a dimension that's helpful to learn. You'll improve your drawing by learning to draw a bucket. See Step One for more specific instructions.


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    Draw an ellipse or oval, horizontally.
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    Draw two lines slanting inwards from the edges of the ellipse.
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    Draw a curve connecting the bottom of the two slanted lines. This curve follows the bottom half of the ellipse that started the bucket.
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    Draw a circle and a loop for a handle. Remember that the handle goes outside the bucket, and that you can't see the part of the handle that's behind the bucket.
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    Put some liquid in the bucket. The liquid follows the top curve of the bucket and goes all the way to the front edge.
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    If you want, try adding some shading and shadow to the bucket. Decide which side the light is on, then darken parts more that are further from the light.
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  • Use a pencil to draw the initial shape if you want to be able to erase. Then, darken and color however you want.
  • You can use a ruler if you cannot draw straight lines.
  • Draw BIG! It's easiest to control and see what you're doing, that way.
  • If you'd like to draw a mop to go with your bucket, make a stick with a circle on the end. Then, add some sprawling strings.
  • If you struggle with handwriting, use a pencil grip to help you.

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Categories: Drawing Household Objects