In this drawing guide, we will show you how to draw a realistic Light bulb drawing with Stuff inside using several drawing techniques. In this tutorial, we will concentrate on making a light drawing in three dimensions using transparent glass as our medium.

How do you make a draw bulb? So let’s go through my way of drawing Light bulb drawing using graphite.


This step-by-step guide to Drawing Light Bulb will walk you through a somewhat challenging process in which we will attempt to make something. We aim to create the idea that an object that is naturally transparent has three dimensions. We will accomplish this by utilizing shadows and highlights.

To get started with the course, we will be employing a variety of lines and construction shapes. These forms will make it much easier for us to generate the final shape of the light bulb that we are designing.

Material Used:

  • □ Derwent graphite Pencil 4b,6b & 9B
  • □ Mechanical Pencil 2.0mm by Faber-Castell
  • □ Tombow Mono Zero Eraser □ Blending stump/ Tissue paper
  • □ Posca Uni-Ball Pen
  • □ Black & blue Fabercastle Coloured pencil
  • □ Indenting tool ( Nailart tool, the wooden embossing tool can be used)
  • □ Kneaded Eraser
  • □ Black Coloured Pencil by Faber-Castell
  • □ Bristol Paper 130 gsm A4


Reference of a Light Bulb drawing is down below:


To begin, I’m just going to use some masking tape to create a big circle in the middle of the piece of paper.

This circle is going to stand in for the globe that the light bulb has.


On the left-hand side of the bulb circle, I am currently creating the fundamental guidelines for the filaments and the tilt of the bulb.

After that, I’ll use Eraser to darken the sketch so that I can add more details, and then I’ll go back and brighten it some more.

In addition to that, I am forming a shape that will serve as the basis for the cap that will be placed on the end of the light bulb. Despite the fact that this cap has a lot of roundness to it, I’ve decided to use a sphere as the base for the bulb cap, which can be found at the end of the tilt lines. Therefore, make use of the reference template that is provided below:


To create the filaments inside the light bulb, I’m using a mechanical pencil with a diameter of 2.0 millimeters.

To do this, I’m drawing a few fine lines inside of the larger stem that runs from the cap sphere and up into the bulb circle, then I’m referring to the reference image.

The light bulb fuse, often referred to as the exhaust tube, will be represented by these lines in the diagram.

After that, I’ll use tissue paper to smudge it, and then I’ll proceed to use a Tombow mono eraser to bring out the highlights. Having said that, I will proceed to use the mechanical pencil to redraw the lines wherever they are necessary.


Now I’ll move down to the region of the cap where the screw thread is and add the ridges to it.

If you want to simulate the screw thread on the cap, you can make ridges all around the edges of the cap. To depict the electrical contact, draw a little circular bump at the very bottom of the cap.

Once it’s done. Now it’s time to add the finishing touches on the cap, and I’ll do so by drawing some very thin lines in between the outlines of the threads with a 4B pencil.

After applying the dark layer to the parts that will be shadowed, I will blend it out using the blending stump or tissue paper.

Take your time with this particular aspect, because you might have to redo it several times.


In most cases, light bulbs do not have any color, therefore in order to convey the feeling of depth and three-dimensionality, all I will be using is a mechanical pencil and a 4B pencil.

Make sure that the first layer of shade you apply is smooth and uniform, without any blotches or other flaws of any kind.


So the first thing I’m gonna do is Add the Precise Highlights with the help of a Tombow mono eraser which will help you to Pull up the graphite from the paper to make it look narrated and super realistic. So I’m using the eraser everywhere where I found the Highlighted areas followed by the reference image.

Within the bulb, add a few small spots of highlight on either side of the filament and within the large stem.


Now I’m going to go in with the dark pencil (choose either a 4B or a 6B), and I’m going to create depth by using a 4b grade around the highlighted regions or any shadowed areas. After that, I’m going to blend it out with the blending stump to get the subtle shading.

Always keep in mind that using less black to produce shading will result in a better end product.

There is always the option to add more shading, but once black has been added, it is quite difficult to remove it.

When applying the dark grade, the pencil pressure should be very low, as this will ensure the best results.

Now I’ll go back to the filaments and add some dark layer to it so that it has depth and doesn’t look flat and unreal like it did before,

To finish the shading, I’ve added a few more layers and am currently correcting the darks and lights in the image.


It’s time to add the Bright highlights using the Gelly roll pen in the Filament and area within the bulb just to enhance it more

Make sure that you don’t miss out on any detail from the reference image.

Okay, now I’m also adding the highlights in the ridges of the screw thread just in a way that it shows its metallic narrated look.


Lastly, I’m going in with the light pencil to add the shadow underneath the bulb and blending it out with the tissue paper showing its 3D visual on the Paper.

So, our drawing of the electric bulb is finally complete! Well done! We hope you learned and enjoyed this tutorial. For the Video Tutorial Checkout my Youtube Channel 🙂


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