How to Draw Sunglasses

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Sunglasses, shades, sun cheaters, sun specs, spekkies, or sunnies are a type of eyeglasses worn to protect the eyes from the rays of the sun. They come in many styles, including aviators, "John Lennon glasses," wayfarers, and shutter shades.

Did you know? The first sunglasses were invented in prehistoric times. The Inuit peoples of the Arctic wore snow goggles made from walrus tusks. The glasses were solid save for a slit in each "lens." Looking through the slits prevented the wearer from being blinded by the sun reflecting off the snow and ice.

There are a few other recorded instances of sunglasses-like instruments in ancient Rome and China, but their development began in earnest during the 1700s. By the early 1900s, movie stars were wearing them and sunglasses began selling by the thousands. In 1938, Life magazine commented that sunglasses were a "new fad for wear on city streets ... a favorite affectation of thousands of women all over the U.S."

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In popular culture, sunglasses convey a number of meanings. They are the epitome of "cool," as seen in films like The Blues Brothers. They are also associated with police and law enforcement, especially the secret services, as in the Men in Black film franchise. Sunglasses are also symbols of the beach, California, movie stars, fashion, and summertime.

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

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Superman, Shirt, and Baseball Cap.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Sunglasses

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the shape of the glasses’ frame. Use long and short curved lines. Notice that the shape is flatter on top and more rounded at the bottom, and that it has a small rectangular shape jutting from one side. This portion is also called the eyewire or rim.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 2

2. Draw the lens within the glasses frame. Use a long curved line to enclose the round irregular shape.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 3

3. Enclose a small oval on the rectangular extension. This is where the eyepiece and earpiece come together at a hinge, held fast by a small screw.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 4

4. Use curved lines to outline the frames on the opposite side.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 5

5. Draw the rounded lens within the second frame.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 6

6. Draw the oval-shaped screw, completing a mirror image of the first frame.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 7

7. Use a pair of curved lines to connect the frames, creating the nosepiece.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 8

8. Draw the earpiece, also known as the temple and temple tip. Use a long curved line and double it back upon itself.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 9

9. Draw the temple on the opposite side, again using a long curved line and doubling it back upon itself. Try to match the angle of the first earpiece.

How to Draw Sunglasses: Step 10

Color your sunglasses. Unlike normal eyeglasses, sunglasses have dark, mirrored, or colorful lenses.

Did you know? Superman concealed his secret identity as Clark Kent by wearing a pair of horn-rim glasses. You can use this drawing guide to sketch Clark Kent's glasses - just don't shade the lenses!

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