How to Draw a TV

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Television, or TV, tele, or telly for short, describes "the electronic delivery of moving images and sound from a source to a receiver." Early in the twentieth century, television was conceived as a medium for communication and education. By the middle of the century, it had forever changed popular culture, news, and entertainment.

By the early 1900s, prototypes of the television were successfully demonstrated. Many used radio waves and the images were barely recognizable. In 1909, for example, one model had only 8 by 8 pixels.

The world's first television station was created in 1928. Early television sets were huge boxes with very small screens. Until 1948, most channels only broadcast on the weekends and between the "primetime" hours of 8 and 11 pm. In 1954, television was broadcast in color rather than in black and white for the first time. More than a decade passed before full-color television became the norm.

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Of the advent of television in the United States, the Encyclopedia Britannica says: "One aspect of early television that can never be recaptured is the combined sense of astonishment and glamour... crowds would gather on the sidewalks in front of stores that displayed a working television set... By the end of television's first decade, it was widely believed to have greater influence on American culture than parents, schools, churches, and government."

Today, viewing screens have become a part of our daily lives. Computer, phone, and television screens all share similar roles. They deliver information, entertain us, and allow us to connect and communicate with others. This ever-evolving medium is likely to continue to change.

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

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a TV

How to Draw TV: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two straight lines that meet to form an "L" shape. This outlines the top and bottom of the television.

How to Draw TV: Step 2

2. Draw two more straight lines, enclosing the rectangular shape. Notice that the side drawn in this step is shorter than the previous side, making the shape a trapezoid.

How to Draw TV: Step 3

3. Draw an "L" shaped line parallel to the bottom and side of the TV. This begins the outline of the TV screen.

How to Draw TV: Step 4

4. Draw two more straight lines, parallel to the top and remaining side of the TV. This completes the outline of the screen.

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How to Draw TV: Step 5

5. Extend short, straight lines from the corners of one side of the TV. Then, connect them with a long, straight line. This gives the flatscreen TV a three-dimensional appearance.

How to Draw TV: Step 6

6. Use a curved line to draw a semi-circular shape at the bottom of the TV. This begins the TV's base or stand.

How to Draw TV: Step 7

7. Extend curved lines outward from the semicircle. Connect them using overlapping curved lines to form the base or stand.

How to Draw TV: Step 8

8. Extend a curved line from the TV stand and double it back upon itself to form the remaining leg of the stand.

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How to Draw TV: Step 9

9. Draw a series of straight lines to enclose a "Z" or lightning bolt shape across the TV screen. This indicates a glare, or light reflecting on it. Finally, draw three small circles along the bottom corner of the frame. These are the TV's control buttons.

How to Draw TV: Step 10

Color your TV. Many have black or grey frames, but they also come in other colors and wood tones.

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