How to Draw a Bullet

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For most of human history, weapons of war consisted of various types of clubs, blades such as daggers and swords, and piercing, poisoned, or flaming projectiles launched from slings, bows, or catapults. The face of war changed drastically with the invention of the gun around the year AD 1000.

A bullet, such as the one pictured in this drawing guide, is a metal projectile fired by a gun, such as a rifle, pistol, musket, or machine gun. The first bullets were simply lead balls propelled by black powder.

During the 1800s, grooves were developed that put a spin on the bullet, increasing accuracy. The elongated casing was developed, which held its own propellant. This propellant ignites when struck by the gun's firing pin.

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Bullets such as this one were once common elements in animated cartoons, such as the Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry. Sometimes, the bullets were even personified, consciously seeking out their victims, as with the Bullet Bills from the Super Mario series. Today, most cartoons for children omit images of guns and bullets.

Would you like to draw a cartoon bullet? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Revolver, Dagger, and Sword.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bullet

How to Draw Bullet: Step 1

1. Use curved lines to draw a triangular shape, noting the rounded upper point and curved bottom side. Notice, too, that the shape is set at a diagonal angle. This forms the tip of the object. This portion is officially the metal piece known as the bullet, while the term has come to refer to the entire object, known as a round or cartridge.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 2

2. Draw a line extended from each of the lower corners of the triangle. Then, connect them with a curved line. This forms the upper portion of the case or casing.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 3

3. Draw a long, curved line around the bottom of the casing, attaching on each side just above the lower corners.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 4

4. Draw a line extending from each of the lower corners of the case. Connect them using a curved line. This forms the next segment of the casing.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 5

5. Draw two curved lines across the casing.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 6

6. Draw a teardrop shape across the bullet tip and two lines, connected at each end, across the midsection of the casing. This gives the bullet a sleek appearance.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 7

7. Draw several straight lines behind the bullet. Notice that the lines are set at slight diagonal angles to one another; if they were to continue, they would meet at a point in the center of the bullet.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 8

8. Draw the "poof," the cloud of smoke left from when the bullet was fired. Use overlapping curved lines to craft the irregular rounded cloudlike shape.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 9

9. Draw several more straight lines beneath and beside the bullet.

How to Draw Bullet: Step 10

Color your cartoon bullet. Many are shaded in yellowish brass and red. You can also draw a cartoon revolver to fire it from.

Then, check out more of your favorite old-time cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny.

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