Learn how to draw a great looking Seashell with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Seashell.
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Seashells are the exoskeleton, or hard protective covering, of marine animals like snails and mollusks. Crabs also use the discarded shells of other animals in this way. Shells come in many shapes and colors.
Many people collect seashells. This hobby is called shelling. Shells make a great beach vacation souvenir because they are fun to find, come in an endless variety, and are free of charge!
Some use the shells in arts and crafts projects, making items such as picture frames or jewelry.
If you plan to go shelling, remember these helpful tips. The best time to search for shells is around low tide. At this time, the water is more shallow, revealing shells previously hidden beneath the waves.
It is also helpful to search just after a storm when heavy waves have washed shells closer to shore.
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Never take home a seashell that still has an animal living in it. Not only would doing so kill the animal, but it is illegal to do so in many places, such as Florida!
You can clean any shells you do take home be soaking them briefly in bleach water. This will prevent the shells from becoming smelly.
The type of shell in our drawing guide was made by a creature called a scallop.
Scallops are considered bivalves, meaning their shells have left and right portions that are connected by a hinge. The scallop shape has often been used in art and popular culture, from ancient architecture elements to the Shell gas station logo.
Would you like to draw a cartoon seashell? You can start your own shell collection today! This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Stingray, Oyster with a Pearl, and Cute Narwhal.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Seashell
How to Draw a Great Looking Seashell for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin by drawing a straight diagonal line. This guide line will help you to draw the shape of the shell.
Easy Seashell Drawing - Step 2
2. Draw a straight line extending from the original line at an acute angle. Then, connect the two lines using a curved line.
Easy Seashell Drawing - Step 3
3. Draw a straight line extending from the original line at the same point as the previous line. Connect the lines using a curved line. This line should meet the original line at the same point as the previous curved line.
Easy Seashell Drawing - Step 4
4. Erase the original guide line, leaving a clean outline of the shell.
Easy Seashell Drawing - Step 5
5. Draw a "C" shaped curved line on each side of the pointed base of the shell. Then, draw straight lines emanating from the base of the shell. Connect the lines at the top using short, curved lines, erasing previous lines as necessary.
Easy Seashell Drawing - Step 6
6. Draw additional straight lines from the base to the top of the shell. Connect them using curved lines at the top, erasing the outline as necessary.
Easy Seashell Drawing - Step 7
7. Draw additional straight lines from the base to the top of the shell. Connect them using curved lines at the top, erasing the outline as necessary.
Add More Details to Your Seashell Picture - Step 8
8. Complete the scalloped texture of the shell by drawing straight lines from the base to the edge. Erase the top outline, replacing it with scalloped segments of curved lines.
Complete the Outline of Your Seashell Drawing - Step 9
9. Draw a pair of wavy lines across the middle of the shell.
Color Your Seashell Drawing
Color your seashell. Shells can be found in many colors, including white, cream, yellow, orange, red, pink, brown, and even black.
Then, check out our other oceanic cartoon drawing guides.
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