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How to Draw a Shampoo Bottle

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Drawing a Shampoo Bottle is So Simple...

Welcome to this drawing tutorial, I hope you have the opportunity to visit some of the other drawing tutorials which I've created.

As a teacher of art, I have seen a lot of folks come my way asking me to teach them to be an artist. I always tell them that being an artist is not all it's cracked up to be at times. There are continual times when an artist must learn new things. That's the life of an artist -learning new things all the time.

If you want to draw well, then working through a tutorial like this one is a good place to begin.

Starting to draw simple things like shampoo bottles is just what you need if you want to be artist - or if you just want to be a better doodler.

As I tell all my beginning art students, art takes practice. Some people are born with more raw talent than others but every artist, if he/she wants to become more accomplished, must practice.

With that said, drawing is really rather easy when you just don't focus on thinking about it. Drawing is about creating something that no one else can create. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Remember, as you draw this bottle, that drawing is simply a few lines and shapes pou together in a certain way. Don't try to complicate it or make it more than it is - that's really all it is.

Now, if you have a pencil and some paper, let's begin...



Step 1: Draw 3 Basic Shapes

Sounds pretty simple, right - just draw three basic ovals. Two will be the same size, the third one will be about half the size of the other two.

Now, while it sounds simple to just draw some basic shapes, you have to pay attention to where you place these three shapes.

Draw them just as you see them in the picture to the right.


Step 2: Connect the Oval Shapes

OK - this is an easy step.

Simply draw two straight, vertical lines as shown in the drawing to the right.


Step 3: Draw a Semi-Circle

For the next step, simply draw a semi-circular shape at the top of the highest large oval.

This is a critical line, so take a minute to study the drawing to the right.

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Wait until your ready - and then - just draw it.


Step 4: Draw the Top of the Bottle

For this step, you're going to do something similar to what you did in Step 2, only on a smaller scale.

Simply draw two straight, vertical lines as shown.

This is the cap to the shampoo bottle.


Step 5: Erase Some Unnecessary Lines

SO by now you should be able to see the entire shape of the shampoo bottle.

Just erase the lines that don't fit in the drawing.

Study what I did in the drawing to the right.


Step 6: Add Some Shading

I know, I know. If you have done one of my tutorials before, this is the hardest part for most folks - adding the shading.

Well, you should really learn to do it because this is what makes the drawing some alive in 3 dimensions if it's done right.

Just try to do what I did in the drawing.

Notice that I have also thickened up the outline.


Step 7: Add a Shadow

Again, adding a shadow let's the viewer know form where the light is coming.

It's a bit difficult at first, but if you don't like what you draw, use that magical little tool - the eraser!

Keep trying until you get it just the way you want it.


Final Step: Finishing With a Flourish

So now you'll want to add some sort of design or graphic to your completed shampoo bottle.

Let your imagination go crazy and just put some free style lines on there.

You can copy what I've done here or create your own brand label.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and that you continue to draw other things as well.

Remember, drawing is a developed skill - that means you're going to need to practice a bit every day.

If it helps, I have drawn something every day for over 50 years. I have a LOT of practice drawing under my belt - and I still get stumped occasionally.

So, don't get frustrated if it doesn't turn out right the first time. Keep trying and you'll notice your abilities getting better with each new drawing.

Good Luck!


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MKayo (author) from Texas on April 11, 2013:

Hey peachpurple - yeah, seems like such a simple thing, but that's where all things begin - simple. Thanks for your kind words!

MKayo (author) from Texas on April 11, 2013:

Thanks DDE - do you think you'll try to draw any of these things in my tutorials?

MKayo (author) from Texas on April 11, 2013:

OK Wonder wool - I'm so excited for you! I can't wait til you get started, you're going to love drawing! Remember, frustration is part of the learning process - motivates you to keep on learning! Enjoy the journey.

MKayo (author) from Texas on April 11, 2013:

Yes, VirginiaLynne, so true. Thanks for stopping by to read and for the kind words.

MKayo (author) from Texas on April 11, 2013:

Hey MarleneB - that's wonderful to hear you're able to put this info to some use. Thanks for your kind words!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 10, 2013:

You are a wonderful art instructor. I am learning to draw better by following your tutorials. Thanks to you, I've created a few garden trinkets that I'm actually kind of proud of. Keep 'em coming!

Virginia Kearney from United States on April 10, 2013:

I really love this tutorial because it is something anyone can do. In teaching people art, I'm always trying to explain to them that art is a skill you develop, not something that just "happens." Your tutorial really shows that. Thanks!

Priyanka Estambale from United States on April 10, 2013:

This is super. I Have printed all the drawing tutorials by you, just waiting for summer so I can get my pencils out to sketch :)

Thanks for sharing :)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 10, 2013:

Interesting and different, you have good ideas

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 09, 2013:

another wonderful tuition class from you. Shampoo bottle !!

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