How To Draw Icicles

It’s wintertime, and for those without snow, snowflakes and icicles can be enjoyed on paper! Drawing icicles can be a fun and creative way to get in the holiday spirit, even if it’s just a quick mini-project. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of frosty icicles – they don’t have to be perfect to look impressive. With a few basic materials and simple tools, anyone can draw icicles fit for a winter wonderland!
Grab your supplies. You’ll need a pencil, white paper, a ruler, and either a white pencil or white Charcoal Pencil. Feel free to use whichever you have on hand. Get comfortable, too: you’ll want to be in a cozy spot so you can sink into your icicle drawing session.
Start with the basic structure. To draw a realistic icicle, it’s all about making sure you’ve got the basic shape just right! Take your ruler and draw two straight, parallel lines that cross the paper. Adjust the angles to ensure the points meet the way you’d like them to. This will be your base for the icicles.
Define the icicles’ ‘hang’. This part is simply a matter of using your white pencil or white charcoal to thicken the line of the icicles just a bit. Think of icicles you’ve seen before, and try to mimic their natural, cascading shape. Whether it’s gentle curves or bold angles – decide how you’d like your icicles to hang, and go for it!
Add shadow and dimension. Adding dimensions and shadows will give our icicles more of a three-dimensional look. By adding soft shading to the underside, you can make your icicles look even more real and show off some serious skills. To do this, switch to the white pencil or white charcoal and shade in the bottom of the icicle shape, going from top to bottom.
Smudge and soften lines. Once you’ve got some shadow along the underside, it’s time to soften up the edges a bit. Instead of having sharp lines, go for a more wispy, wind-swept look. All you have to do is get your finger nice and clean, then lightly smudge the lines on the sides of your icicles in upward and outward directions.
Bring in the frosty details. Finally, you can add a touch of frosty sparkle to your icicles. Make sure to keep it delicate, as if they were real ice! To create the effect, use a white pencil to lightly draw flakes in the icicles. Focus on the upperside, where it is darker and wetter. Keep the details sparse and wild, like a natural frosty scene.
Capture the shine. Icicles are all about sparkle and shine, so to finish off our drawing we can bring out the sparkle and make your icicles glimmer and glow. Use the white pencil and draw a faint line alongside the upper edges. This running shine effect will make your icicles look even more stunning – like a real winter wonderland!
Deepen the effect. You can further emphasize the look of your icicles by deepening the shadows. Take your white pencil or white charcoal and lightly shadow the inner corners and sides of the icicles. Make sure not to smudge too hard; instead, keep things subtle and ethereal.
Create an icy background. To really make your icicles stand out and complete the winter look, you can draw in a frosty background. Take your white pencil or white charcoal, and draw warm and light snowflakes all over a background in the same color. This will create a realistic wintery look for your piece.
Make it your own. Last but not least, it’s time to make this piece uniquely yours. If you’re feeling creative, you can add in some trees, mountains, and even animals. Or you can simply color in the background with a white pencil or colored pencils. Have fun with it and let your imagination run wild!
Drawing icicles can be a fun and enjoyable way to celebrate the season, and with a few simple steps you’ll find yourself drawing beautiful wintery scenes in no time. All you need is a few supplies, some patience and a bold imagination. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of icy icicles – they’re super easy (and fun!) to draw. Good luck!

Robert Ortiz is an artist who has been writing about art and design for over ten years. His writing focuses on the creative process of art, from the conceptual to the material, and highlights its importance in our daily lives. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has also attended other prestigious art schools like Savannah College of Art and Design. He has a passion for exploring the boundaries between fine art, design, commercial work, and technology. His work extends to social media campaigns, website development, magazine articles, video tutorials and more.

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