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How to Draw Ice Cubes

By Andrew Mayfair J.D.

Things Needed

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Eraser
Drawing ice cubes is a method to learn geometric perspective.

Learning how to draw might be frustrating for people that have little to no artistic training or inherent skill. Nevertheless, if you draw one step at a time, slowly and carefully, it is possible to hone your drawing skills. When you are first learning to draw, you might wish to draw objects that are basic geometric shapes or slight variations on such shapes. An example of such a shape is an ice cube, which, as the name suggests, is a variation on a cube.

Sketch lightly with a pencil four two-dimensional squares stacked on top of one another in the overall shape of a larger square. You will have four squares--two on the bottom and two on top.

Draw over one of the squares with a pen, making your lines slightly wavy, as ice cubes are not perfect cubes. At the corners of the square, curve your line to make each edge of the square rounded. Repeat this for all four squares.

Draw slightly wavy lines diagonally and up from the corners of the square so as to create a three-dimensional cube. Complete the lines to create the illusion of cubes for all of the squares.

Shade the cubes to create depth by darkening the lower-right edges of the cube that project from the paper. You can easily determine which is the lower-right side by looking for the lower-right corner of the original square you drew before it was made a cube.

Tip

Draw the cubes on an angle or tilt to make the cubes look more natural.

About the Author

Andrew Mayfair has written professionally since 2009 when his article on patent law was published in the "Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review." Mayfair earned his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis and his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.