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

Its 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 to color the drawing.

Step 1 – Draw the Ice Cream

Ice cream drawing
Ice cream drawing

Start by drawing the ice cream that will be on top of the cone. The top portion oft he ice cream scoop will pretty much be a half circle (shaped like the ice cream scooper).

Below that add the sort of “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 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 by drawing 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

Now add some more details to the bottom portion of the ice cream scoop. The ice cream in that area tends to be very unevenly shaped. To show this you can simply add some small waves and curves into the larger cloud like 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 of the ice cream cone as is and go over it with darker pencil lines, a pen or a marker. Afterwards you can skip straight to the coloring.

If you want to try this step then below each of the cone pattern lines add another line just a slight distance away from them.

The reason for this step is to have a more realistic looking cone as these lines usually have some volume to them.

Step 7 – Finish the Line Drawing

Ice cream cone line drawing
Ice cream cone line drawing

Now carefully erase the parts of the cone lines where they overlap one another to have a nice and clean pattern along its shape. Afterwards as mentioned earlier you can go over your drawing with either darker pencil lines, a pen or a marker.

Step 8 – Color the Ice Cream

Ice cream cone drawing
Ice cream cone drawing

It’s recommended that you use colored pencils or paints to color the ice cream cone as marker may be too bright.

You can make the ice cream scoop at the top any color you like but leave a large bright spot on one of the sides that sort of curves along the shape of the scoop. This will be the highlight (brightest area) of the ice cream where the light is being reflected from it’s surface.

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

Conclusion

An ice cream cone is pretty easy to draw though it can be a little time consuming if you choose to also do the more detailed pattern along the cone.

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