How to Draw a Cornucopia

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What is a cornucopia? Also called the Horn of plenty, it is a decorative object or motif used to symbolize abundance. The first cornucopias were curved goat horns overflowing with produce and grain. Later, baskets woven in this shape were used.

The horn shape was based on the horn owned by the mythological Greek nymph Amalthaea, the nurse of Zeus. She fed Zeus milk from a goat, then broke off one of its horns, filled it with fruits and flowers, and gave it to Zeus. The horn came to symbolize riches without end. Other myths of its origin involve Hercules or other deities.

In modern times in North America, the cornucopia has become associated with the Thanksgiving holiday, due to the abundance of food traditionally prepared for Thanksgiving dinner. Any place or thing that provides an abundance can be called a cornucopia. Flags, seals, and coats of arms from places such as Idaho, North Carolina, Peru, Venezuela, and Australia picture cornucopias. A large cornucopia is also a plot element in the popular series The Hunger Games.

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Would you like to draw a horn of plenty? This easy, step-by-step Cornucopia drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cornucopia

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the outer edge of the basket opening. Use pairs of curved lines to enclose small, connected, double-pointed teardrop shapes. Use these to form a partial circle. This pattern gives the basket a woven appearance.

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 2

2. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to enclose the curled triangular shape of the cornucopia.

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 3

3. This horn of plenty needs plenty of produce. Begin by drawing a pumpkin. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the nearly circular shape. Draw the stem on top, using a curved rectangular shape. Make it appear three-dimensional by drawing a small oval at the tip of the stem. Then, extend curved lines outward from the base of the stem.

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 4

4. Next, draw ears of corn. Use short, connected, curved lines to outline the corn cobs with a scalloped pattern. Then, draw "C" shaped lines and scalloped lines in rows across the corn to indicate the kernels.

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How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 5

5. Draw more fruit deeper inside the cornucopia. Draw a bunch of grapes using small, overlapping circles. Outline and detail another corn cob using scalloped lines. Use curved lines to enclose partial circles, which could be any fruit you'd like. Finally, draw leaves. Some small leaves consist of just two curved lines that meet at a point, with a third to indicate the vein. Others are spikey, outlined by short lines that meet at jagged points.

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 6

6. Next, draw fruit overflowing from the cornucopia. Draw a bunch of grapes using small circles, and another fruit using a large circle. Draw spiky grape leaves, and detail them with a central vein and additional veins.

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 7

7. Next, draw an eggplant. Draw the body of the fruit using a curved line that doubles back upon itself. Enclose the fruit with a "W" shaped line. This begins the sepals or the leafy green part on top of the eggplant. Use curved lines to enclose the sepal and stem.

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 8

8. Fill in any remaining space with additional fruit. Enclose a partial circle to form an apple. Use two curved lines at a perpendicular angle to form the stem. Draw another spiky grape leaf.

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How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 9

9. Detail and texture the basket with overlapping curved lines.

How to Draw Cornucopia: Step 10

Color your cornucopia.

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