How to Draw a Pinecone

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Pinecones are the seed-bearing fruit of about 120 different species of pine tree. Pines are found throughout the world, especially in the cold northern reaches.

The trees are evergreen, meaning they do not lose their leaves in winter. Some pinecones produce edible seeds called pine nuts, piñons, or pinyons.

Pinecones have long been pictured in artwork; in ancient times, the pinecone served as a symbol of life or fertility. For example, carvings from the palace of an ancient Assyrian king depict divine figures with pinecones in hand.

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The pinecone was thought to be the fruit of the famed Tree of Life, since the pine tree itself never seemed to go dormant.

Perhaps the largest pinecone in the world is located in Vatican City. The Fontana della Pigna, meaning "Fountain of the Pinecone," features a four-meter-tall bronze pine cone once stood at the Temple of Isis in Rome.

Pinecones themselves are sometimes used as an artistic material. They are commonly used for making wreaths or birdfeeders.

Before the advent of manufactured toys, children in many countries made "cone cows" or other animals by wedging sticks between the scales of the cone - the cone served as the cow's body and the sticks, its legs.

In Finland, one fairground hosts sculptures of "cone cows" that are large enough for children to climb and "ride" on.

Would you like to draw a prickly pinecone? This easy, step-by-step plant drawing guide is here to help.

All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Pinecone

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a twig. Use long curved lines of different lengths to form the twig. Allow them to meet in sharp or gentle points.

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 2

2. Draw another twig emerging from the first. Draw a pair of curved lines and allow them to meet at a sharp point. Then, draw the pine needles emerging from this twig. For each needle, use two curved lines that meet at a sharp point. Notice that the needles near the base of the twig are larger than those near its tip.

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 3

3. Draw needles along the longest twig. For each needle, draw two curved lines and allow them to meet at a sharp point.

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 4

4. Draw another twig emerging from the bottom of the existing twig. Draw the twig using curved lines that meet in a point. Then, draw needles along the twig, using two curved lines for each, allowing them to meet in a point.

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How to Draw Pinecone: Step 5

5. Begin to draw the pinecone itself. At the end of the remaining twig, enclose an irregular shape like a rounded, upside-down triangle. Then, enclose a rounded, four-side shape beneath this. Finally, enclose a small rounded triangle beneath the previous shapes. These "leaves" of the pinecone are called scales.

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 6

6. Continue drawing overlapping scales. Notice that the scales are shaped like rounded triangles or four-sided shapes, each with their points facing downward.

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 7

7. Continue drawing the overlapping scales of the pinecone. Notice that as the pinecone grows longer, it also becomes narrower.

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 8

8. Continue to draw the pointed scales of the pinecone. Notice that the scales themselves are smaller than those at the top of the pinecone.

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How to Draw Pinecone: Step 9

9. Draw pointed, three-sided scales to finish filling out the shape of the pinecone along the edges and the tip.

How to Draw Pinecone: Step 10

Color your pinecone. Most pinecones are brown in color, a fine contrast to the dark green of the pine needles.

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