How to Draw a Melting Candle

Create a wonderful Melting Candle drawing with easy, step-by-step instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!

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Would you like to learn how to draw a melting candle? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial can show you how.

Candles are an ancient source of light. They were made by dipping a wick in melted animal fat (called tallow) or beeswax.

Before the electric light, candles were used to light dark rooms or provide illumination at night - a use still common today during electrical outages. Sometimes, they were even used for keeping time.

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Today, candles are most used for decoration and for distributing pleasant smells. Candles are considered romantic lighting for a dinner date.

Candles are also used in religious ceremonies. In some religions, candles are burned to remember a deceased love one. In Buddhism, candles may be burned before a statue of the Buddha alongside an offering of food and drink.

Christian denominations may place candles near an altar or carry them in processions. In Judaism, Shabbat candles are lit weekly before the Sabbath, and a special candle holder called a menorah is used during the Hanukkah holiday.

Have you ever wondered why you blow out candles on a birthday cake? This tradition can also be traced to religious rites. In ancient Greece, candles were common offerings to gods and goddesses.

The moon goddess Artemis in particular was worshiped by placing candles on top of a round cake. Ancient peoples believed that "the smoke from the candles carried their wishes and prayers to gods who lived in the skies."

What will you use your candle for?

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Fireplace, Fire, and Flames and Smoke.

Easy, step by step Melting Candle drawing tutorial
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Melting Candle

Melting Candle drawing - step 1
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing the top of the candle and the wick. For the top edge, draw a curved line that is curled up on each end. Then, extend a curved line upward and double it back upon itself to form the wick. The wick is the string or narrow strip of wood that burns in the center of the candle.

Melting Candle drawing - step 2
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Next, draw the candle's flame. Extend curved lines from each side of the wick, and allow them to meet at a sharp point above it. Then, outline another, larger, and similar shape around the first. Again, extend curved lines from each side of the wick. Notice how the lines shift to form extra points.

Melting Candle drawing - step 3
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Finish enclosing the flame, producing sharp points where the lines meet. Then, begin drawing the melting wax dripping from the top of the candle. Use a curved line to sketch the lumpy, irregular shape of the wax.

Melting Candle drawing - step 4
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Draw dripping wax on the opposite side. Again, use curved lines to enclose large, lumpy shapes.

Melting Candle drawing - step 5
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Use a series of connected curved lines to produce one more drip of wax and connect it to the existing drip. The top of the candle should now be completely enclosed.

Melting Candle drawing - step 6
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Texture the wax with a "U" shaped line. Then, draw the sides of the candle. Use two straight, parallel lines. At the base of the candle, begin sketching additional drips of wax using curved lines.

Melting Candle drawing - step 7
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Draw more melted wax at the bottom of the candle. Use curved lines to create the irregular, lumpy shapes.

Melting Candle drawing - step 8
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Draw the candle holder. Use curved lines to create a rounded vessel, with gentle points at the front and back. Draw a curved line beneath the candle wax to create the bowl of the vessel.

Melting Candle drawing - step 9
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Draw the handle and foot of the candle holder. Use two curved lines to enclose the fancy handle and another for the foot.

Complete Melting Candle drawing
Melting Candle step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon candle and candle holder. In olden times, candles were usually white, cream, or yellow. The candle holders were often made from metal.

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