How to Draw a Magnifying Glass

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The magnifying glass or hand lens is a convex optical lens, mounted on a handle and used to visually magnify objects. They are commonly used for reading, examining jewelry, or observing plants and insects.

It is thought that magnifying lenses have been used in the Mediterranean region and the Middle East for millennia. The first definite mention of a magnifying glass can be found in The Clouds by Aristophanes, written in 424 B.C. Today they are common items in homes, classrooms, and even pocket knives.

Magnifying glasses are commonly associated with scientists and detectives, including the famous Sherlock Holmes. He - and those who imitate him - can be identified by his magnifying glass, classic deerstalker hat, and wool trench coat. The magnifying glass is also a Unicode emoji symbol. Websites, apps, and other computer programs often use a magnifying glass image to mark the search bar.

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Magnifying glasses are also often pictured in the context of small objects. One example is in the animated film Antz, when a child uses a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun on the ant named Z.

Would you like to find all the clues to draw a cartoon magnifying glass? We're on the case with this easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Gems, Microscope, and Diamond Ring.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Magnifying Glass

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Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 1

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1. Begin by drawing a large oval. This outlines the glass itself. Draw a curved line along one side, outlining a narrow crescent shape. This gives the glass a three-dimensional appearance.

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 2

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2. Draw another, larger, oval around the first. This is the rim that holds the glass. Draw a curved line around the wide side to give the rim a three-dimensional appearance.

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 3

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3. Draw a "U" shaped line at the base of the rim, erasing as necessary. Draw a "C" shaped line across the open end of the "U."

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 4

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4. Use a curved line to enclose an elongated rounded shape, forming the handle of the magnifying glass.

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 5

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5. Draw a series of curved lines across the handle.

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 6

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6. Use a series of nearly straight lines to enclose a tall, incomplete trapezoid. This will become the letter "A."

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 7

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7.Use straight lines to complete the outline of the letter "A" and the small triangle at its center.

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 8

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8.Outline the letter "B," drawing half-circle shapes in its upper and lower portions.

Magnifying Glass Drawing - Step 9

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9. Use curved and straight lines to outline the letter "C."

Complete Magnifying Glass Drawing

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Color your cartoon magnifying glass. It could come in many colors - brown wood, grey metal, or colorful plastic.

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