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How to Draw Ice Cream Step by Step

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What You'll Be Creating

In this yummy tutorial, I’ll show you an easy way to draw three different types of ice cream, using a graphite pencil and ink liners. 

We'll create various textures and explore the principles of sketching. Let’s have fun!

What You Will Need

You'll need the following equipment in order to complete this tutorial project: 

  • An ink liner number 0.4
  • An ink liner number 0.2
  • An ink liner number 0.1
  • An ink liner number 0.05
  • A graphite pencil (I recommend using a B or HB type)
  • Three sheets of drawing paper
  • An eraser
The art supplies I will be using

1. How to Draw an Ice Cream Cone

Step 1

With a graphite pencil, I draw a core line of the ice cream. This line is slightly tilted to make the drawing more interesting and dynamic.

I also add the upper and lower borders of the shape and mark the separating point between the cone and the ice cream itself.

Drawing the core line

Step 2

I mark the side borders of the ice cream cone and connect them with the bottom point, using straight lines. 

Then I draw a circular shape for the ice cream ball.

Drawing the shapes of the cone and the ice cream

Step 3

I add the oval shape of the cone’s opening. It will help us to construct the drawing correctly.

Drawing the opening of the cone

Step 4

I draw the inclined lines to create the cone’s pattern.

Starting the pattern of the cone

Step 5

I add a set of lines that are crossing the existing ones. Now we can see a rhombic pattern.

Drawing the guidelines

Step 6

I refine the top of the ice cream, marking its relief.

Working on the top of the object

Step 7

I add small nuts to the ice cream. Small elements will balance the drawing.

Adding the nuts

Step 8

With the 0.4 ink liner, I outline the contours of the ice cream and mark the hollows of the cone pattern.

Drawing the contours with the ink liner

Step 9

I add groups of hatches to the hollows, using the 0.05 ink liner.

Working on the small hollows

Step 10

I add rounded hatches to the sides of the cone, using the 0.1 liner. This simple trick helps to give the figure more volume.

Adding the hatching to the sided of the ice cream

Step 11

With dots and short hatches, I mark the relief of the prominent parts of the cone’s pattern. The 0.1 ink liner is a great tool for this step.

Working on the relief of the ice cream

Step 12

With the 0.4 ink liner, I complete the contours of the ice cream’s top. I also add the groups of dots to this shape to create a beautiful texture.

Creating the texture of the ice cream top

Step 13

With the 0.05 liner, I add thin hatches to the sides of the ice cream.

Making the ice cream three dimensional

Step 14

I use the 0.4 ink liner to add dots to the drawing, accenting the shadows. This ice cream is complete!

Completing the ink drawing

2. How to Draw an Ice Cream in a Glass Bowl

Step 1

With a graphite pencil, I sketch a core line and mark the lower and upper borders of the future drawing.

I also add a spacing line where the stem of the vessel turns into a wide bowl.

Drawing the core line

Step 2

I draw the stem, starting with the oval shape of the opening.

It’s very convenient to use the vertical core line to make the measurements, and the halves of your drawing will then be even.

Drawing the stem of the bowl

Step 3

A simple way to draw the bowl it is to start with the contours of bowl’s sides and then add the upper opening. 

Keep using the vertical core line to make the measurements!

Drawing the bowl

Step 4

I add the rounded shapes of three ice cream balls.

Adding the ice cream shapes

Step 5

I draw the cherry, imagining that it is slightly sunken in the ice cream.

Adding the cherry

Step 6

I refine the shapes of the ice cream, adding a small waffle stick and some chocolate sauce.

The sketch is ready for inking!

Refining the sketch and adding new elements

Step 7

With the 0.4 ink liner, I outline the contours of the drawing.

Creating the ink contours

Step 8

I add groups of rounded hatches to the bowl, using the 0.05 ink liner.

Adding rounded contour hatches

Step 9

With the 0.1 liner, I work on the stem, accenting its sides. It is important to be accurate with the glass objects, so don’t overdo the artwork.

Creating darker accents

Step 10

With the 0.1 ink liner, I add rounded hatches to the bowl. An additional layer of hatching on the shape’s sides helps to make it look more three-dimensional.

Working on the bowl with the ink liner

Step 11

I mark shadows on the chocolate sauce and the cherry, using the 0.2 ink liner.

Working on the darkest places of the drawing

Step 12

With the 0.2 ink liner, I add groups of dots to the ice cream balls.

Creating the texture with dots

Step 13

I add short hatches to the ice cream shapes, using the 0.05 liner. I mark the relief of the objects and create an illusion of a rough surface.

Adding thin hatching to the ice cream balls

Step 14

I add hatches to the sides of the waffle stick, using the 0.1 ink liner.

Adding hatches to the waffle stick

Step 15

With the 0.1 ink liner, I add hatching to the chocolate sauce, leaving small highlights.

Darkening the chocolate sauce

Step 16

I add hatches the cherry, using the 0.1 ink liner. Like the chocolate, the cherry is the darkest object in the drawing.

Please be sure to leave a highlight on the cherry!

Working on the cherry

Step 17

With the 0.2 ink liner, I add some dots and short hatches to accentuate the shadows and create a unified look of the drawing.

Completing the ink drawing

3. How to Draw an Ice Lolly

Step 1

I draw a vertical core line, using a graphite pencil. I also mark the border between the ice cream itself and the stick.

Drawing the core line

Step 2

I draw the shape of the ice cream. You can use the core line to make both halves symmetrical, but there is no strict rule that an ice lolly has to be perfectly even.

Outlining the shape of the ice cream

Step 3

I add the curved shape of the stick.

Adding the stick

Step 4

I insert the small shapes of the nuts. They will make the texture of the ice cream more interesting and varied.

Adding the nuts

Step 5

With the 0.4 ink liner, I outline the contours of the drawing.

Creating the ink contours

Step 6

I mark the shadows under the nuts, using the 0.4 ink liner.

Creating the relief of the ice cream

Step 7

With the 0.1 liner, I cover the lolly’s shape with long, even hatches.

Adding the hatching to the ice lolly

Step 8

I add cross-hatches, using the 0.1 ink liner. An additional layer of lines at the sides will accentuate the three-dimensional look of the object.

Adding the cross-hatching

Step 9

It's time to work on the stick. With the 0.1 liner, I add the ink lines that are imitating a wooden pattern. 

I also create a drop shadow from the ice lolly.

Drawing the stick

Step 10

I add another layer of hatching to the ice cream, using the 0.2 liner. This object is dark, so don’t worry about overdoing it.

Darkening the ice cream with hatching

Step 11

With the 0.2 liner, I mark the core shadows on the nuts and add groups of short hatches to vary the texture.

Completing the drawing

Your Drawings Are Complete

Congratulations! You’ve created three ink sketches depicting different types of ice cream. I hope you enjoyed both the process and the result.

The journey of food sketching is waiting for you, and I wish you much success! 

The result
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