Drawing a Lamp

Lamps are a wonderful example of using simple shapes to build something complex.

Here’s what you need to do to fashion an old school oil lamp:

Start by drawing a rectangle resting on a half circle.
Next, make a triangle out of the left side of the rectangle. Try to make this triangle about as wide as the rectangle.
Draw a lopsided S hanging from the upper right corner of the rectangle.
Connect the end of the S with the lower right corner of the rectangle using a shallow curve.
To place the lid, draw a smaller half circle hovering above the rectangle. It looks a little better if you have it right of center.
To light the lamp, draw a teardrop hovering over the triangle’s point.
Loosely trace over your shapes and then add a comma shaped hole under the S to complete the lamp.

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