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How to draw a snail with a pencil. Step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Updated: Jan 27

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 (the 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).

How to draw a snail with a pencil. Step 1. Outline the body and the shape of the snail.

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.

How to draw a snail with a pencil. Step 2. Add lower and upper tentacles with eyes to the snail drawing.

Step 3. Draw the spiral pattern on the snail's shell.

Draw a geometric pattern on the snail's shell.

How to draw a snail with a pencil. Step 3. Draw the spiral 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 with 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.

How to draw a snail with a pencil. Step 4. Draw details of the snail's body and shell.

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.

Step 5. Finish hatching and shading the snail's drawing.

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