How to Draw an Igloo

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The igloo is an icon of the far north, especially the Arctic regions of Alaska, Greenland, and Canada. The term is from an Eskimo word meaning “house,” and igloos still serve as temporary winter homes for some among the Inuit people.

Small igloos may be built as a temporary shelter for just a few nights, perhaps during a hunting trip; larger igloos are more permanent. Some are designed with many rooms to house multiple families, or smaller igloos may be connected by means of their entry tunnels.

Igloos are constructed from blocks of packed snow, which are cut from compact snow drifts using a sword-like snow knife. The blocks are generally two feet tall, four feet long, and eight inches thick.

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The blocks are arranged in a spiral to form the dome-shaped structure. Crevices are packed with snow, but a hole is left at the top for ventilation; a clear piece of ice might be used for a window.

A skilled craftsman can build an igloo in one to two hours. The igloo is unique in that it is the only dome that doesn’t need extra support to hold it up.

Is it warm inside an igloo? Cold wind is kept out by hanging a cloth or animal skin over the opening. A bank of snow is often built outside the opening to divert the wind.

Air pockets trapped inside the snow serve as insulation, and a fire can be lit in a hollow space at the center of the igloo. The heat from the fire may cause some of the snow on the interior of the blocks to melt, but when this refreezes, it actually makes the structure stronger.

An igloo that is built well can support a full grown man standing on its roof.

Would you like to draw a chilly igloo? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Igloo

How to Draw Igloo: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line, like a semicircle, to outline the top of the igloo.

How to Draw Igloo: Step 2

2. Connect the ends of the semicircle to enclose the shape of the igloo.

How to Draw Igloo: Step 3

3. Draw a curved line like an upside down “U” overlapping one side of the igloo. This begins to outline the igloo’s entrance.

How to Draw Igloo: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line from one side of the “U” shaped line, parallel to the “U” shaped line. Then, draw another curved line from the top of this line.

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How to Draw Igloo: Step 5

5. Connect the lines from the previous using a curved line.

How to Draw Igloo: Step 6

6. Draw a smaller “U” shaped line inside the original “U” shaped line. This outlines the opening of the entrance.

How to Draw Igloo: Step 7

7. Connect the ends of the two “U” shaped lines using straight lines. Connect the far side of the inner “U” to the opposite wall of the “U” using a straight line.

How to Draw Igloo: Step 8

8. Erase guide lines from the igloo.

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How to Draw Igloo: Step 9

9. Detail the igloo to resemble bricks of ice. Band the igloo with curved horizontal lines. Then, draw vertical lines between the horizontal lines.

How to Draw Igloo: Step 10

Due to the color of snow, igloos are generally white. However, feel free to add shadows to your igloo in shades of blue or gray, as shown in our illustration. Or, be creative and color your igloo in any color of the rainbow.

Complete your scene! Check out our selection of animal drawing guides, where you’ll find Arctic denizens such as moose, huskies, polar bears, whales, wolves, and more. Then, check out our miscellaneous drawing guides for snowflakes, snowy scenery, and more.

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