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How to Draw Bells

Easy, step by step Bells drawing tutorial
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"Hear the sledges with the bells—

Silver bells!

What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight."
- "The Bells" by Edgar Allen Poe

A bell is a percussion instrument. Bells are shaped like cups and have a hammer in the center. This combination results in a loud and often musical sound. Bells are also symbolic.

You can learn how to draw bells for any occasion using this easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide.

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The earliest known bells were made in Asia thousands of years ago. Large bells are often placed in the towers of public buildings such as town halls or churches. They may ring to call people together or to announce the time on the hour.

Bells have long been used in religious rites and have become symbolic of them. For example, church bells were rung to announce the Christmas mass or a wedding.

There is a Christmas song called "Silver Bells," and many songs talk about wedding bells. Today, bells are common ornaments at both events.

Bells have also become associated with the ideas of peace and liberty. One example of this is the Liberty Bell housed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Did you know? The study of bells is called campanology.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Christmas Stocking, Christmas Wreath, and Poinsettia.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Bells

Bells drawing - step 1
How to Draw Bells Step 01

1. Begin by outlining the first bell. Use a long curved line for the top, known as the crown and shoulders, and the sides or waist. Then, draw short, overlapping curved lines at each end of the curved line, forming the sides of the sound bow and lip.

Bells drawing - step 2
How to Draw Bells Step 02

2. Next, use a long curved line to sketch an oval shape at the bottom of the bell. It should connect the ends of the previous lines, but not fully enclose the oval shape. This outlines the mouth of the bell.

Bells drawing - step 3
How to Draw Bells Step 03

3. Complete the mouth of the bell with another curved line. Notice how it nearly encloses an oval shape. Draw a curved line across the middle of the bell. Then, extend two straight lines from the bell's mouth and connect them with a circular shape. This is called the clapper.

Bells drawing - step 4
How to Draw Bells Step 04

4. Begin drawing the second bell. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the crown and shoulders as well as the sound bow.

Bells drawing - step 5
How to Draw Bells Step 05

5. Use a long curved line to enclose the lip of the bell. Contour the sound bow with short curved lines. Then, enclose a half-circle at the lip to indicate the clapper.

Bells drawing - step 6
How to Draw Bells Step 06

6. Next, begin to draw a sprig of holly tied to the top of the bells. Draw three overlapping circles to form the berries. Then, use a series of curved lines that meet at points to enclose the prickly leaf. Draw the leaf vein at the center of the leaf, using a curved line.

Bells drawing - step 7
How to Draw Bells Step 07

7. Use a series of connected, curved lines to enclose the second leaf. Then draw the curved vein at its center.

Bells drawing - step 8
How to Draw Bells Step 08

8. Outline a third prickly leaf and draw its central vein. Then, begin to sketch the bow that holds the bells together. Use a curved line to enclose the irregular shape.

Bells drawing - step 9
How to Draw Bells Step 09

9. Enclose the irregular rounded shape of the remaining side of the bow. Contour the bow with short curved lines.

Complete Bells drawing
How to Draw Bells Step 10

Color your cartoon bells. They are often depicted in gold or silver, depending on the occasion.

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