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How to Draw a 9mm Gun

Updated on May 19, 2013

You Cam Learn to Draw a 9mm Gun

Now let me say right at the start that my drawing of a 9mm gun, in this case a Glock pistol, is in no way representative of any position relating to gun control or any other gun-related issue. This is not an article to talk about guns - it's a tutorial for those who want to learn how to draw a 9mm pistol.

Now, that being said, I want to say that drawing guns is very instructional from the perspective of an artist. There are so many different angles and shapes and lines in any type of gun or weapon. If you really want to develop your ability, drawing things that have many different angles and textures is a great way to learn the art of drawing.

If guns are not your thing, then look for similar items that have lots of angles, textures and lines. Cars, farm equipment, machines in factories, printing presses, etc. - all are complex machines that have many different parts. These make great subjects for drawing.

For this tutorial, we are drawing a 9mm gun - specifically a Glock 9mm pistol.

So, if you have your pencil sharpened and a few sheets of paper, let's begin...


Step 1: Draw the Basic Shapes

Anything you draw is going to be made up of a few basic shapes.

Look carefully at the finished drawing of a 9mm pistol at the top of this article. You will see there are three basic shapes - three rectangles - that make up the pistol shape.

Study the drawing to the right and draw the three basic rectangles as shown.

Step 2: Start at the Top

For this drawing tutorial, we're going to start at the top of the pistol.

Notice the simple lines and shapes that make up the detail of this part of the drawing.

You can see the basic tall, slender rectangles at the top right, the long, horizontal lines at the lower left, a single line separating the entire length and a few little circles.

Take special note of the angled edge at the lower right section (at the end of the pencil).

Once you break down a complex drawing into it's individual parts, it is relatively easy to draw anything - no matter how complex it may appear.


Step 3: Trigger Details

Again, simple shapes. In this case rounded squares and rectangles - even a triangle.

For reference, you can also download a picture of the Glock 9mm pistol to see all the details.

For this tutorial, just draw what you see me draw as shown.


Step 4: Add Pistol Grip Details

Take careful note of the details in the drawing over there.

Study the lines first to see where they are located and how they relate to other lines and edges.

Shapes and relationships between them are an essential skill that must be learned if you want to get better at drawing.


Step 5: Add Shading

This is my favorite part of any drawing - adding the shading.

To do this, simply hold the pencil on it's side at a lower angle. At this extreme angel, drag the pencil across the paper quickly. Don't worry about staying inside the edges of the drawing - that's what erasers are for!

With a little practice, you'll get quite good at shading.


Add the Final Details

For this last step, you have to pay attention to all the little detailed shapes and lines on the drawing - or you could look at a reference photo.

In any case, this final step is where you add all those little details and finalize your shading to give the pistol some depth and realism.

How did you do? Does your 9mm pistol look good?

Remember, drawing is a learned craft or ability. If you want to get good at it, you meed to practice, practice, practice. I make it look easy but that's because I have practiced every day for the last 50 years.

Don't get frustrated, bet back to practicing. You will get better with each attempt.

Good luck!


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    • MKayo profile image

      MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

      I'd love to see how it works out! Good luck - remember to focus on shapes and do one area at a time.

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      The detailing is surely going to take away days for me to perfect, but surely my efforts will work out. This is awesome :)

    • MKayo profile image

      MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Sue!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Voted up and interesting.