How to Draw an Ice Cream Cone Step by Step

This tutorial shows how to draw an ice cream cone in eight steps with illustrated examples and easy drawing instructions for each.

Ice cream cone drawing step by step
Ice cream cone drawing step by step

You can see a breakdown of the drawing stages for the ice cream cone in the image above. In the example the ice cream will be pink but you can also make it a different color if you want to show a different flavour.

It’s recommended that you start the tutorial using a pencil and make light lines that you can easily erase in case you make a mistake. You may also want to have a black marker or pen for step seven and some colored pencils or paints for the last step.

For drawing an ice pop or an ice cream on a stick see:

How to Draw an Ice Pop Step by Step

Step 1 – Draw the Ice Cream

Ice cream drawing
Ice cream drawing

Begin by drawing the ice cream that will be on top of the cone. The upper portion of the scoop should be close in shape to a half circle (shaped like the ice cream scooper).

Below that add a “rim” that tends to be created when the ice cream is squashed between the cone and the scooper. For now simply draw an outline of that area shape a bit like a cloud (with a random wavy outline).

Step 2 – Draw the Cone

Ice cream cone outline drawing
Ice cream cone outline drawing

Draw the cone wider at the top and narrower as it goes down with a slightly rounded bottom.

Step 3 – Draw the First Set of Stripes

Ice cream cone stripe set drawing
Ice cream cone stripe set drawing

Ice cream cones generally have a grid like pattern which helps add strength to their structure. To draw this pattern start with a set of one directional slightly curved lines evenly spaced throughout the entire cone.

Step 4 – Draw the Second Set of Stripes

Ice cream cone stripes drawing
Ice cream cone stripes drawing

Now add the second set of lines that overlap the first set going in the opposite direction. This will give the cone that characteristic looking pattern.

Step 5 – Draw the Ice Cream Details

Ice cream details drawing
Ice cream details drawing

Add some more details to the bottom portion of the scoop. The ice cream in that area tends to be very unevenly shaped. To show this you can add some small waves and curves into the larger “cloud” shape.

Step 6 – Draw the Rest of the Cone Pattern

Ice cream cone pattern drawing
Ice cream cone pattern drawing

This step is a little bit more challenging so if you find it to be too difficult you can just leave the line drawing as is and move on to the next step.

If you do want to try this then below each of the cone pattern lines add another one just a slight distance away. This will give the cone pattern some volume.

Step 7 – Finish the Line Drawing

Ice cream cone line drawing
Ice cream cone line drawing

If you’ve chosen to add the extra details in the previous step carefully erase the parts of the cone lines where they overlap. Try and have a nice and clean drawing similar to the above example once done.

Whatever option you’ve decided to go with you can trace over your ice cream with a black pen, marker or darker pencil lines when you’re happy with how things look.

Step 8 – Color the Ice Cream

Ice cream cone drawing
Ice cream cone drawing

For this step it’s recommended that you use colored pencils, paints or any medium that lets you have lighter colors as marker may be too bright.

You can make the ice cream scoop any color you like (in this case it will be pink) but leave a large white spot on one of the sides that somewhat curves along it’s shape. The white area will be the reflection to help show that the ice cream has a shiny surface (especially when it starts to melt a little bit).

Go with orange/brown for the cone. If you chose to draw the more complex pattern lines you can make them a slightly lighter than than the rest. If not simply make the entire thing one color.

Conclusion

An ice cream cone provided as the example is not too difficult to draw although it may take a bit of time to add the more complex pattern.

Hopefully you’ve found the illustrated examples and the step by step breakdown of the drawing stages helpful.

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