How to Draw a Retro Movie Camera

Retro movies are back in fashion – and it is easy to see why. There is something about vintage, old-school Hollywood glamor which remains appealing to movie buffs even today. Without further ado, lets get started on our very own creation.


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Start by taking a drawing compass and pencil, and drawing a circle just to the right of center of your page, around one inch from the top.


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Draw another circle immediately outside of this first one, creating a ring, and then replicate this ringed shape to the left of this first one.


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Now add two smaller circles in the center of both of these large rings.


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Next, add a series of smaller circles, just slightly bigger than dots, around the inner circle.


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Then, fill in the space between the central circle and the outer ring with another five smaller circles, using the drawing compass.


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Next, add another three circles radiating from the center with the drawing compass – two should create another ringed shape, and the third should be around the outside of this.


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Use the eraser to remove the lines in between the outside circle shapes…


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And then connect the two circles together with a straight, horizontal line. Next, add two parallel lines heading downwards from the bottom of the right-hand circle.


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Add a small rectangle shape to the left of this pair of lines, using the left-hand line to form the right-hand edge of the rectangle.


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Now, add a diagonal line with a ruler to connect the bottom right-hand corner to the other horizontal line, creating a “box” effect, and then bring a horizontal line out to the right. Leave a slight gap, and then bring a vertical line heading straight down around one inch in length.


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Now add another horizontal line, this time heading off towards the left of the page, and join the corners with gentle curves. Return to the rectangle shape you drew earlier, and bring two long horizontal lines, running parallel to one another, heading out to the left. Join these at the end with a curve.


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Bring another vertical line up, parallel with the one on the right-hand side, and leave a small gap between the end of this line, and the shape at the top.


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Add a small circle to the gap, and place a small dot in the very center of this.


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Bring a rectangle shape out from the left-hand side of this new circle, heading out towards the left of your page.


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Now, add two diagonal lines emerging from the left-hand line of this rectangle. One should head towards the top left-hand corner of the page, the other towards the bottom left-hand corner. Join the diagonal lines with a slightly curved line.


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Now, add two short, diagonal lines, both pointing down towards the center, to the back of the main shape. Connect these with a vertical line, and add another vertical line beside this one.


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Use two short lines to turn this right-hand line into a rectangle. Add two diagonal lines from the outside corners of this rectangle with the ruler, heading towards the right-hand corners of the page.


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Join these two diagonal lines together with a vertical line…


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And bring two parallel lines inwards, heading towards the left of the page. Join these with a slight curve.


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Now, make a rectangle shape around the shape you just created, but do not connect the corners for the moment.


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Join the corners together with a slight curve, to give you a complete rectangle shape.


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Add another “ring” to the bottom left of the main shape, and add another, smaller circle just above this.


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Now add two more “ring” shapes to the bottom right-hand side of the camera…


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Before filling in the center of these with a gray pen. Add the same gray shade to the inner circle you just drew, the triangular shapes at either end of the camera, and the circle on the left-hand line.


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Now add the same black to the “C” shape above the two bottom circles, to the rectangle and line at the top of the body of the camera, and to the middle of the original circles you started with.


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Now, add a strong black outline to the outside of the ring…


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And fill in the space in between, and at the main body of the camera, with the same black shade.


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Switch to a gray pencil, and carefully shade in the outside of the top left-hand circle.


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Use a tissue to smudge the shade of the top left-hand circle.


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And then fill in the right-hand reel of film with the same gray.


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Then smudge the right-hand reel of film with the tissue.


And just like that, you have created your very own stunning movie camera – now all you have to do is decide what masterpiece to create first…

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