Every snowflake is different, but they all follow rules of fractal geometry in a way, so we can use these rules to draw a realistic snowflake with just a few steps. It's easier than you think!
1. How to Plan a Snowflake
Draw a vertical line and mark its center.
Cross the center with two lines. Imagine that it's a circular pie you want to cut in six parts. You can draw that circle lightly, or just keep it in memory.
Sketch (or imagine, if you want to keep it clearer) a smaller circle in the middle. This will help us create a nice composition.
Connect the lines near the center to create a small hexagon.
Cross each line with a short horizontal line and a dot above it.
Use these marks as guide lines to expand the middle of the snowflake.
The main "body" of the snowflake is done, so we can now add the "arms". Keep them symmetrical!
Add more arms to the arms outside of the small circle.
2. How to Draw a Snowflake
The basic construction is ready, so we can now build on it to create a beautiful snowflake. You can put a new sheet of paper over the guide lines to create a clean drawing, or just take a darker tool to create the final lines.
Outline the body of the snowflake. Feel free to add some details here.
Outline the arms, giving them thickness and crystal shapes.
Add the little arms using the same shapes.
Finish the arms with more interesting shapes.
You can leave it this way, but you can also add more crystals within the smaller circle.
Add any final details you can think of.
This method of drawing a snowflake can be easily modified to achieve various results. Just keep it symmetrical!
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