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How to Draw a Beaker

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Are you fascinated by the intricate illustrations found in scientific journals and textbooks? Do you wish to add that touch of realism to your own artwork? Look no further! In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll take you on a creative journey and guide you through the process of drawing a beaker.

Whether you’re a budding artist or a curious learner, we’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions and helpful insights into capturing the unique shape, proportions, and details of this scientific icon.

Get ready to take your artistic skills to the next level and enjoy this artistic adventure together!

Difficult level Easy
Estimate time 15 minutes
Drawing materials Pen, Marker, Brush
Painting materials Watercolor, Color pencil
Surfaces materials Paper

How to Draw a Beaker – Step by Step

Step 1: Picturize some beaker shapes

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Before starting, it’s good to know that beakers come in various shapes, each with its own characteristics and purpose. Look at the image below to picturize some standard beak shapes that you might find in any laboratory.

Generally, they’re a combination of different basic geometric shapes such as circle, triangle, and rectangle. Grab your pencil and start sketching some frameworks like we did. Quite simple and quick, right?

Step 2: Outline the beaker shape and add lines to it

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1: Pick a specific beaker shape. Here we choose the Erlenmeyer that has a triangular shape with a wide base that tapers to a narrower neck.

2: Get the outline of the shape:

  • Draw a horizontal line that serves as the base of the beaker.
  • From this base, draw two diagonal lines that slant inward and upward. Remember to curve the base on each side to create a realistic form.
  • Draw the beaker’s neck by adding two vertical lines that extend upward.
  • At the top of the neck, draw an ellipse to represent the opening of the flask.
  • After nailing the final shape of the beaker, carefully erase any unnecessary guidelines or overlapping lines.

3: Draw an ellipse (which is much wider than it’s tall) to characterize the beaker’s bottom.

4: To enhance the realism of your drawing, add two diagonal lines from the bottom eclipse. Refer to the image above for a proper way to do it.

Next, add a bit smaller ellipse inside the beaker’s opening part.

Step 3: Add measurements, chemicals, and colors

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5: Draw short horizontal lines along the beaker to represent the measurement markings. You can also include numbers or labels if desired.

6: To add chemicals to this drawing, draw wavy or irregular lines inside the beaker to show the liquid level. After that, color the liquid with an outstanding color such as yellow, blue, or purple.

7: Here comes the interesting part of drawing chemical bubbles:

  • Use small ovals to draw the bubbles within the liquid and distribute some above the surface. Vary the sizes and shapes of the bubbles to create a more realistic and dynamic effect.
  • Apply color to the bubbles. A useful tip? Add highlights to make them appear more three-dimensional and shiny.

8: Color the glass:

  • Beakers are typically made of glass, so you can use shades of blue or gray to represent the material.
  • To create depth and dimension, apply darker shades to the bottom areas and the side where there is less direct light.
  • Use a white color to add highlights to the drawing.


Drawing beakers is a harmonious blend of art and science. With a little practice and patience, you can master this experience while also enjoying the artwork’s beauty in your creations.

But a single beaker is not enough to build up a magical laboratory. Drawing more of them based on other frameworks and the detailed process that we’ve provided. Remember to make them any color that you like to create a whimsical look.

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