How to Draw Bubbles

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A bubble is "a globule of one substance in another, usually a gas in a liquid." Bubbles are common to the human experience - we see bubbles of air in water and bubbles of carbonated gas in a glass of soda.

Children especially are fascinated by soap bubbles. These bubbles are produced by mixing soap in water, then forming a thin film of soapy water within a loop. Air is blown through the loop, and the bubble forms. Bubbles are often used in elementary science experiments.

In popular culture, bubbles are often associated with bubble baths, washing dishes, aquariums, and even disasters such as an overflowing washing machine. A joyful and excitable personality may be considered "bubbly," and as such a number of characters have been given the name "bubbles." These include a fish from Disney's Finding Nemo, one of The Powerpuff Girls, King Kai's pet monkey in Dragon Ball, and Mr. Bubbles from Lilo & Stitch.

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Would you like to draw cartoon bubbles? 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.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Bubbles

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a large circle to outline your first bubble.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 2

2. Use a curved line to draw a nearly complete circle, open on one side. Then, use two more curved lines to draw a circular shape at this opening, incomplete on two sides. These shapes indicate a reflection on the bubble's surface.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 3

3. Draw two sets of straight lines, one more widely spaced than the other. Then, connect each set using a curved line. These indicate more reflection on the bubble.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 4

4. Use a long, curved line to draw another circle, partially hidden by the first. This forms the second bubble.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 5

5. Draw a smaller circle within the second bubble to indicate a shine or reflection.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 6

6. Draw two sets of straight, diagonal lines on the surface of the second bubble. Connect each set using curved lines.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 7

7. Draw a third circle, outlining the third bubble.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 8

8. Draw a partial, open circle on the surface of the third bubble. Then, draw curved lines from each side of the opening, forming another incomplete circle.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 9

9. Draw two sets of straight, diagonal lines on the surface of the bubble. Connect each set with curved lines of the appropriate length.

How to Draw Bubbles: Step 10

Color your cartoon bubbles. Note the unique shading in our example. The bubbles are not just a solid color - blue fades into white, pink, and green. This represents the concept of differential refraction observed in the soap bubble - light reflecting off one side of the bubble interferes with light reflecting from the other side, producing the beautiful rainbow effect.

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