How to Draw a Snowflake Step by Step

This simple tutorial shows how to draw a snowflake in six steps. It includes basic illustrated examples and quick drawing tips.

Snowflake drawing step by step
Snowflake drawing step by step

Start the tutorial in pencil but also have a blue marker (recommended) or alternatively a colored pencil handy for the final steps. Make the initial lines very light and thin. The examples lines have been made darker so that they are easier to see.

Step 1 – Draw the Center Line for the Snowflake

Snowflake center line drawing
Snowflake center line drawing

Start by drawing a straight vertical line where you want to have the center of the snowflake. This line will also help you set it’s size (longer line for bigger snowflake).

Step 2 – Draw the “Arms”

Snowflake arms drawing
Snowflake arms drawing

Through the middle of the previous line draw two more to make an “X” like shape. Try and make these lines as long as the first line and try and keep the distance between each one roughly the same to keep the snowflake symmetrical.

Step 3 – Draw the Center

Snowflake center drawing
Snowflake center drawing

Draw the middle of the snowflake as a hexagon. You can do this by simply drawing six straight lines using the other lines from the previous steps as guides.

Step 4 – Draw the “Branches”

Snowflake line drawing
Snowflake line drawing

To finish the snowflake shape add the “branches” to each of it’s “arms”. In this case they will be a short set at the base then a longer set and followed by another short set near the tips.

Step 5 – Add Color

Snowflake coloring
Snowflake coloring

The easiest way to color the snowflake and to give it some volume is to use a thick light blue marker.

Using the pencil drawing as a guide go over it with the marker to thicken the lines.

Alternatively you can use a blue pencil and sort of color around the pencil lines making them less visible in the process. However a marker is recommended.

Step 6 – Clean up the Snowflake Drawing

Snowflake drawing
Snowflake drawing

If you’ve gone with the marker wait for it to dry and use an eraser to remove the pencil lines. You should have a nice and clean blue snowflake drawing afterwards.

Conclusion

Drawing a snowflake like the one in this example is fairly easy. You can also try and create your own designs using pretty much the same step by step approach. Simply make a line drawing and go over it with a marker/pencil afterwards.

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