How to Draw a Radio

Easy, step by step Radio drawing tutorial
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Today, you may turn on the radio when you get up in the morning or when you get in the car. You may listen to music on your computer or smartphone. But do you know the long history of the radio?

Radio waves were first discovered in 1886. By 1894, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi had devised a way to transmit telegraph signals via radio waves. Radio was being used commercially by 1920, and by 1950, nearly every country in the world had its own broadcasting system.

Early radio broadcasts included musical and theatrical performances as well as news broadcasts - similar to radio content today. Before the advent of the television, families would gather around the radio in the evenings to listen. Radio communication was also important in military applications. Walkie-talkies and Ham radios are still used in many circumstances where cellular phones prove inadequate.

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The word "radio" was derived from a Latin word meaning "spoke of a wheel," "beam of light," or "ray." In popular culture, radios often appear in films and television series. In The Waltons, based in the 1930s and 1940s, the family is often seen listening to a large radio. The music video of "What a Man Gotta Do" by the Jonas Brothers featured a large boombox style radio like the one in this drawing guide in imitation of a classic movie scene. In fact, the boombox is often used as a symbol of the 1980s. The Radio is a character in itself in the animated film The Brave Little Toaster, and Bumblebee's radio serves as a means of communication in the Transformers franchise.

Would you like to draw a groovy cartoon radio? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Radio

Radio drawing - step 1
How to Draw Radio: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a rectangle with rounded corners. This outlines the front of the radio.

Radio drawing - step 2
How to Draw Radio: Step 2

2. Draw a straight line at a diagonal angle from each of the bottom and side corners. These will form the side and bottom of the radio, giving it a three-dimensional appearance.

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Radio drawing - step 3
How to Draw Radio: Step 3

3. Connect the short, straight lines. Make sure the corners are rounded.

Radio drawing - step 4
How to Draw Radio: Step 4

4. Draw two large ovals on the front of the radio. These are the radio’s speakers.

Radio drawing - step 5
How to Draw Radio: Step 5

5. Draw a rectangle with rounded corners between the speakers. Draw a straight line parallel to the top of the rectangle, with three small ovals below it. This is the control panel, or, if yours is a vintage boombox, perhaps even a cassette tape deck. Above this, draw two small ovals. Draw a curved line along the side of each, giving the control dials a three-dimensional appearance.

Radio drawing - step 6
How to Draw Radio: Step 6

6. Enclose a rectangle within a rectangle on top of the radio, again rounding the corners. This forms the radio’s handle so you can carry it around.

Radio drawing - step 7
How to Draw Radio: Step 7

7. Draw lines parallel to the underside and side of the handle, giving it a three-dimensional appearance.

Radio drawing - step 8
How to Draw Radio: Step 8

8. Enclose a narrow horizontal rectangle on top of the radio. Draw vertical lines at equal intervals. From one side, draw a diagonal line, and another short line to connect it to the top of the radio. These are the control buttons that allow you to play, pause, stop, fast forward, and rewind the music.

Radio drawing - step 9
How to Draw Radio: Step 9

9. Draw straight, parallel lines at an angle across each speaker. Then, draw straight lines at an opposite angle.

Complete Radio drawing
How to Draw Radio: Step 10

Color your cartoon radio.

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