How to Draw an Oyster with a Pearl

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Did you know that pearls are not ordinary rocks or mere beads made by man? Pearls are actually made by an ocean animal called an oyster. How does an oyster make a pearl?

The oyster’s shell is lined with a shiny material called mother of pearl or nacre. When some irritant, such as a piece of sand, gets caught in the oyster’s shell, the cells of its mantle – the area where its body connects to its shell – cover the foreign matter with mother of pearl. This prevents it from hurting the animal.

Depending on the environment, this covering could be black, white, pink, grey, blue, yellow, cream, purple, or green.

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Oysters have been cultivated by humans for at least 2,000 years, and pearls have been used for much longer – pearl collection has been documented in China since at least 1,000 B.C.

Pearls may be strung together to make a necklace, or used in other pieces of jewelry or decorative elements.

Would you like to draw an oyster holding a precious pearl? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help.

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

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ an Oyster with a Pearl

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a series of overlapping curved lines. This will form the body of the oyster.

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 2

2. Next, draw a long wavy line across the front and bottom of the body, fully enclosing the shape of the body. This also forms the scalloped edge of the shell.

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 3

3. Continue the wavy line around the front and top of the oyster’s body, connecting again to the body at the back. This encloses another portion of the shell.

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 4

4. Draw another scalloped line all around the shell, parallel to the original line. Connect it to the original line at each end.

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How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 5

5. At the bottom of the shell, near the back, draw a “U” shaped line, connecting it to both sides of one of the wavy line’s scalloped edges. This begins the bottom of the shell. Then, use a series of curved lines, each beginning at the front of the next scalloped edge and connecting to the previous line.

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 6

6. Beginning at the top of the shell, draw another long, wavy line. Double the line back upon itself so that it nearly reaches the other side of the shell.

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 7

7. Next, draw a wavy line inside this upper portion of the shell, parallel to the original line. Then, draw curved lines upwards from the oyster’s body.

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 8

8. Draw short curved lines to the valleys of the scalloped edges on the back side of the lower shell. Draw a few curved horizontal lines across the inside of the upper shell as well. Then, draw a curved line from the back of the oyster’s lower shell to a point above the scalloped edge of the upper shell. Draw a series of similar lines, overlapping one another, until the upper shell is complete. The last few lines should connect to the scalloped edge.

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How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 9

9. Draw a curved line through the middle of the oyster’s body, with a circle resting upon it. Draw two circular shapes of different sizes within the circle. This is the oyster’s precious pearl.

How to Draw Oyster with a Pearl: Step 10

Color your oyster. Oyster shells are typically black, grey, or brown on the outside, but they are a special color called mother of pearl on the inside. This rainbow-colored material is iridescent, meaning it appears to change color as you look at it from different angles.

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