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How to Draw Broken Glass

Easy, step by step Broken Glass drawing tutorial
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"I love the sound of breaking glass
Especially when I'm lonely
I need the noises of destruction
When there's nothing new."
- "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass," song by Nick Lowe

Glass has been used to make man-made objects since ancient times. In fact, the earliest specimens date to around 3500 B.C. and were discovered in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Glass is made by heating materials such as sand and cooling it in such a way that crystals do not form.

Glass is used for making weather-proof windows for buildings and vehicles; plates, cups, and bowls for the dinner table; and decorative objects. Some of the most famous glass objects are stained glass windows. Elaborate pictorial stained glass windows decorated many cathedrals during the Middle Ages, and stained glass art is still made today.

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Did you know? Glass can form naturally. This can occur when volcanic eruptions, meteor impacts, or lightning strikes superheat sand, which then cools rapidly.

Glass, though, is naturally fragile. Broken glass is often used as a metaphor for turmoil, as in the novel Shattering Glass and the songs "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" by Nick Lowe and "The Sound of Broken Glass" by Anathens. Images of broken glass may indicate something as innocent as a baseball accidentally sent through a window, or as threatening as a purposeful gunshot. Cell phone screens often break when dropped, and there are even apps that mimic the appearance of a broken screen.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of broken glass? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial 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: Hourglass, Mason Jar, and Wine Glass.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Broken Glass

Broken Glass drawing - step 1
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 01

1. Use straight and curved lines to enclose an irregular shape. Shade the shape. This is the center of the broken glass.

Broken Glass drawing - step 2
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 02

2. Extend long, curved lines from the epicenter to the edges of your paper (or, to the edge of the "broken" object in your drawing). Notice the zigzag pattern in some of the lines.

Broken Glass drawing - step 3
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 03

3. Draw more lines extending from the epicenter, crafted of curved and straight lines. Notice how some of the lines intersect one another, and how others branch into new lines.

Broken Glass drawing - step 4
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 04

4. Draw straight lines in between the existing lines. Notice how the lines make a roughly circular pattern around the epicenter.

Broken Glass drawing - step 5
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 05

5. Draw straight lines between some of the lines, and "L" shaped lines at the corners. This indicates the glass that is still in place, as opposed to that which is out of place or has shifted.

Broken Glass drawing - step 6
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 06

6. Draw straight lines between the remaining cracks, inset slightly from the previous edges.

Broken Glass drawing - step 7
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 07

7. Draw straight lines between the existing cracks, again in a circular pattern around the epicenter.

Broken Glass drawing - step 8
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 08

8. Draw short straight lines between the existing cracks near the epicenter of the break.

Broken Glass drawing - step 9
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 09

9. Draw more curved and straight lines between the existing cracks and reaching toward the edges of the window.

Complete Broken Glass drawing
How to Draw Broken Glass Step 10

Color your broken glass. Notice how the shading in our drawing, consisting of bands of light blue and white, resembles light reflecting on a window.

But what got broken? A window? A windshield? A jar? Check out our cartoon object drawing guides.

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How to draw: Broken Glass - all drawing steps
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