Learn how to draw burst letters with this step by step tutorial. Add a shadow to them and they look just like the letter style found in comic books.
Burst Letter Drawing
Elementary students may be quite a few years off from actually voting, but it’s never too early for them to look forward to the day when they actually can. It’s a right that did not come easy to many, and should never be taken for granted. The more active participation in our political process, the better everyone is represented.
This tutorial shows students to make the V-O-T-E block letters, and then add a fun cartoon burst in the background. Cartoon lettering 101 AND a reminder about this importance of voting? Not a bad two for one.
Materials for VOTE Letters
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers are great for making a crisp outline to your drawing. Use them when you want your outline show up, but not be so heavy that it detracts from other things.
Step by Step Directions to draw VOTE Letters
Time needed: 30 minutes
How to Draw VOTE Burst Letters
- Write spread out V-O-T-E-! stick letters.
- Turn all the sticks into block letters.
- Erase the stick letter lines.
- Add drop shadow lines to the side.
- Fill in shadow with black marker.
- Draw a large burst in the background. Make sure letters are breaking out in places.
- Add a smaller matching burst inside.
- Trace all lines with a thick black marker.
- Fill in with patriotic colors.