In a previous post, we saw how to draw a reflection on flat and transparent surfaces.
Now, we draw a transparent object: The cap of a Bic Cristal pen.
The degree of difficulty is a bit higher but still achievable by beginners.
Let’s study a transparent BIC ballpoint pen Cristal cap.
STEP 1| GET THE Right Proportion
Take your time tracing these curves. Undo with Ctrl-Z when needed. Redo until you get a satisfying result. Remember to use the ghost drawing that we saw earlier in the Basics Essentials.
Make sure the cap’s cone is symmetrical.
Feel free to use the symmetry tool from Sketchbook Pro.
Draw the thickness of the cap as well. It’s the first indicator of transparency.
STEP 2| Define the inside lighting and shadow
Observe inside the crystal cap or anything transparent such as a glass for example.
You will notice a clear surface, gradients of shadow, and some small dark areas. Emphasize the contrast of wide clear surface and small dark (almost black) areas to create an obvious reflection.
STEP 3| Draw the background
Now, we focus on what is happening at the exterior surface of the object.
Add some hatching to represent the main exterior shadow.
The trick is to cover partially or fully cover the inside one that we did in Step 2.
Recommended: you can add a color background. More details at the following bonus.
BONUS | Optical illusion
TIP How to make transparency and glass reflection obvious
To do that trick, there is nothing better to draw something behind the object.
We simply add an artificial background made of color hatching.
What is shown behind the cap will be bent.
This quick tutorial needs a bit of training.
Remember to keep it simple.
At the start, we have the tendency to overload the sketch of details.
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