How to Draw French Fries

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Called French fries in North America, these deep fried potatoes are known as chips, finger chips, shoestring potatoes, pommes frites, or papas fritas in other parts of the world. French fries are served with a variety of toppings, including ketchup, mayonnaise, vinegar, chili, and cheese. They are common side dishes with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other fast food items.

What makes these fries French? Fried potatoes can be traced to Belgium (not France) as early as the 1600s. An early reference to “potatoes served in the French manner” was recorded in 1802. In an 1856 cookbook, there was a recipe for “French fried potatoes.” By the early 1900s, the term “French fried” could be applied to any deep fried dish, including vegetables, onion rings, or chicken.

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French fries are no doubt a part of popular culture. In addition to product placement in movies and television shows, this food item shows up in children’s toys as well. For example, the popular Shopkins toy line includes three French fry themed characters – Wise Fry, Curly Fries, and Fiona Fries.

Would you like fries with that? Now you can draw them, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your drawing using crayons, colored pencils, or markers.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ French Fries

How to Draw French Fries: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a slightly curved, inverted trapezoid. That is, draw a rectangular shape that is slightly wider at the top than it is at the bottom. This forms the front of the fast food box or wrapper.

How to Draw French Fries: Step 2

2. Extend diagonal lines from each of the corners on one side of the trapezoid. Connect these lines using a straight line. This forms the side of the fast food box.

How to Draw French Fries: Step 3

3. Enclose a diamond shape at the top of the box, using two straight lines.

How to Draw French Fries: Step 4

4. Begin to draw your French fries. Start by drawing a set of parallel lines. Connect them at the top using two short lines. Use two more short lines to enclose an irregular square shape at the top of the French fry. Then, extend a long line down the length of the fry. Erase guide lines as necessary. Enclose the second fry using a long and short straight line, as if it is behind the first fry. Detail the top of the fry using a short, straight line.

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How to Draw French Fries: Step 5

5. Fill your box with fries. Extend multiple sets of parallel lines. Enclose a square shape at the top of each fry. Then, draw a long line down the length of it. Notice that the French fries emerge from the box at different angles, and that they appear to overlap each other. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw French Fries: Step 6

6. Draw additional fries, using one or two lines to enclose each. Add dimension by drawing a line down the length of the fry. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw French Fries: Step 7

7. Finish filling your box of fries. Draw them as before – a pair of lines connected using a square shape on the end. Add dimension using a long line down the length of the fry. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw French Fries: Step 8

8. Fill in any empty space by drawing more fries emerging from behind others.

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How to Draw French Fries: Step 9

9. Detail the fry container by striping it with vertical lines.

How to Draw French Fries: Step 10

10. Color your French fries. Fries are usually yellow or tan, and many fast food containers use the color red.

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