How to draw a snail with a pencil. Step-by-step drawing tutorial.
Updated: Sep 21, 2022
We all know this slow-moving gastropod inhabitant of the Earth, living in gardens, meadows, aquariums, and even sometimes appearing on gourmets' plates. The snail crawls about 1.5 mm per second. So much the better for the artist: you can catch all the nuances of the snail in the drawing. A snail consists of two main elements: the body (a mollusk itself) and its shell.
Step 1. Outline the body and the shape of the snail.
With a continuous light line, we outline the silhouette of both the snail itself and its house (shell).
Step 2. Add lower and upper tentacles with eyes to the snail drawing.
Draw out the snail's tentacles (bottom and upper) and eyes on the upper elongated tentacles.
Step 3. Draw the spiral pattern on the snail's shell.
Draw a geometric pattern on the snail's shell.
Step 4. Draw details of the snail's body and shell.
The body of a snail is a complex muscular instrument that has many folds. The body itself is wrinkled due to the constant need to stretch and contract.
Then add the lines on the snail's shell in a sort of hatching. Start hatching the shell and the bottom of the snail.
Step 5. Finish hatching and shading the snail's drawing.
Shade the back and the darkest places of the shell. Draw the folds on the body in more detail creating a geometric mesh for this.