## Drawing Conical Objects

The last of the four basic forms is the cone. Probably the first object that pops into your mind is an ice cream cone. But there are bottles, glasses, lampshades, bowls, and many other man-made objects with shapes based upon a cone. There are also countless creations of nature—sea shells, flowers, and trees—with conical shapes.

When you begin to draw conical objects, remember that a cone is a solid mass that tapers uniformly from a circular base to a point. Look for this form first in the object you're drawing, whether it's long and thin like a beer glass, or short and broad like a lampshade.

### SYMMETRY OF THE CONE

The best way to draw a symmetrical cone is to begin with a center line. Then draw the ellipse at right angles to this center line. Mark the place on the center line where the tip of the cone should be, depending on its height. Having established the base and the tip, it's a simple matter to run two diagonal lines from the tip to the ends of the ellipse to form the basic cone. (See the demonstration at right.) Now you can begin to add the details that pertain to your particular object.

1. The artist began by drawing the entire geometric cone. Notice the line drawn through the cone's center. The artist used that line to help him establish the proper proportions and thus, the cone's symmetry.

2. Having established the dimensions of the cone, the artist departed from the geometric form by adding detail. The detail transformed the geometric shape into a recognizable object, an ice cream cone.

This sea shell has two cones forming its construction. In order to achieve its proper proportions, you must ignore, at first, the shell's rather elaborate detail. Here the artist has indicated the two cone forms and their relative positions within the large sea shell.

### DRAWING EVERYTHING

Draw as many conical forms as you can find. When you're finished with the last demonstration in this section, you'll have achieved a great deal. It's really a fine accomplishment to be able to draw—in their correct proportions—all the objects suggested here. If you've mastered the four basic forms, you can draw anything in existence. Imagine!

This sea shell has two cones forming its construction. In order to achieve its proper proportions, you must ignore, at first, the shell's rather elaborate detail. Here the artist has indicated the two cone forms and their relative positions within the large sea shell.

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