Draw the basis
In order to make a pine cone look more realistic, you can find it near the Christmas tree, look at it and draw from nature.
For creating the drawing, mark the contours of the cone with the help of an elongated oval. Inside, we’ll be drawing scales. We need this figure for them to be on the same line.
The contour is ready, now start making the internal design. Place the first scale in the center, the next ones will go from it.
Upper layer of scales
Cover the pine cone slowly. The scales are small, they need to be drawn correctly. They are like puzzles where we need to combain the pieces in a certain order.
Pay attention that the following layers slightly go beyond the contours. This is due to the fact that there are no perfectly smooth objects in nature. If you look closely, the cone has the slightly wavy contours.
We're making the second layer
The scales at the basis are bigger than at the edges.
Draw the scales not too close to each other because the closer winter is the more straightened they become. A cone is like a flower – it’s blooming. To make sure, you can compare the cones on the pine in early autumn and in winter.
Continue to draw scales
In the center of the oval the scales are more even than at its beginning. Don’t be afraid to draw them rounded or slightly quadratic.
Carefully follow the instruction not to miss small details.
The scales cover the pine cone unequally. In some areas they are big, in some areas they are smaller.
They are more densely adjoined to each other at the top and at the bottom.
Finish drawing the scales
The lower scales are small and look like teeth.
Unlike the upper ones, they are located at a bigger distance from each other.
The pine cone is becoming more and more natural.
The finishing touches and the pine cone is ready.
Draw a branch
Usually the houses are being decorated with cones from fir or pine branches. Draw it in the form of a curved line. Very carefully erase the contour of the cone where it’s unnecessary. Encircle some lower scales with the help of thin lines.
Add pine needles
Add the thin needles on both sides of the branches.
Draw them in random order. It’s better to lean them in one direction.
Make a fluffy branch
You have heard that the branch is called fluffy. To convey this visually, there must be a lot of needles.
If you think that there is some place for one or several needles – draw them.
From a distance the pine cone seems to be monochrome. In fact, the scales have a different hue of brown. Think about the colors you’d like to use. Color the needles in dark green.
Collage with stages of pine cone drawing