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How to Draw a Snowflake

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What You'll Be Creating

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!

But if you want a beautiful snowflake without drawing it, skip right to the end of the tutorial for some high-quality resources from GraphicRiver and Envato Elements.

1. How to Plan a Snowflake

Step 1

Draw a vertical line and mark its center.

first line in drawing

Step 2

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.

hexagonal base

Step 3

Sketch (or imagine, if you want to keep it clearer) a smaller circle in the middle. This will help us create a nice composition.

composition of a snowflake

Step 4

Connect the lines near the center to create a small hexagon.

center of a snowflake

Step 5

Cross each line with a short horizontal line and a dot above it.

snowflake pattern

Step 6

Use these marks as guide lines to expand the middle of the snowflake.

snowflake body

Step 7

The main "body" of the snowflake is done, so we can now add the "arms". Keep them symmetrical!

snowflake arms

Step 8

Add more arms to the arms outside of the small circle.

snowflake fractal

2. How to Draw a Snowflake

Step 1

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.

snowflake drawing

Step 2

Outline the arms, giving them thickness and crystal shapes.

snowflake arms crystal

Step 3

Add the little arms using the same shapes.

snowflake crystal drawing

Step 4

Finish the arms with more interesting shapes.

snowflake details

Step 5

You can leave it this way, but you can also add more crystals within the smaller circle.

snowflake thicker

Step 6

Add any final details you can think of.

how to draw a snowflake

Good Job!

This method of drawing a snowflake can be easily modified to achieve various results. Just keep it symmetrical!

simple snowflake drawing tutorial

Recommended Snowflake Resources

Do you need a whole set of various snowflakes, or maybe just one, but made of jewels? Or maybe you want a 3D snowflake to use in your project? We've got you covered:

Snowflakes by Meilun

set of vector snowflakes

Set of Snowflakes by turr17

unique snowflakes

Snowflake by ElenaShow

magic snowflake

3D Snowflake by PixelSquid360

3d snowflake

Rustic Snowflakes Cliparts by Burlapandlace

rustic snowflakes
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