How to Draw a Glacier

By Matt Wooddy
Glaciers feature jagged edges that rise above the water.

A glacier is a large body of ice that originated on land and features a chiseled appearance because of its flow over time. Because of the climate surrounding this large piece of ice, the colors tend to stay around the white shades. If you want to draw a picture of one of these frozen pieces of mass, select a picture that best reflects the image you have in mind.

Sketch out the water that surrounds the glacier using small, rigid lines. Use light pencil strokes to create each of the small waves, as you may need to erase certain sections of the water once you begin creating the glacier.

Create the glacier, as it is pictured in reference guide, using rigid lines. Depending on the size and shape of the glacier, use triangular edges to create the textured appearance of this frozen oceanic object.

Add jagged lines on the inside of the shape of the glacier, making sure to create the rigid, three-dimensional appearance. Compare your rough sketch of the glacier with the picture you are using as a reference guide, cleaning up any areas that show inconsistencies between the two.

Trace over all of the intended pencil marks with an ink pen to create a bold and clean look in your drawing. Let the ink dry, then completely erase any remaining pencil marks from the page.

Draw cross-hatched lines on the surface of the glacier to create a shaded, three-dimensional appearance.

About the Author

Matt Wooddy has been a freelance writer since 2006. His work has been featured in local and national audio magazines. Aside from graphic design and illustration work, he has also taught several classes on painting and drawing basics. Wooddy is also a DJ and technical engineer.