Sketching Conical Objects

A cone is a three dimensional triangle with a rounded base. Modified cones include bottles, glasses, lampshades, bowls, flowers, trees, funnels and the classic party hat.

To draw a cone, first draw an ellipse, horizontally or vertically depending on the desired layout of your cone. Find its center point and extend a straight line outwards, the length of your subject. If the object is vertical in nature, this center line will be vertical. If horizontal, the center line will naturally be horizontal. Draw two diagonal lines from this end point to the edges of the ellipse and your cone is complete.

Putting theory into practice

Create the following objects based on the geometric cylinder.

Exercise 1: Lamp

Exercise 2: Martini Glass

Exercise 3: Foot Stool

Other pages of interest

Sketching Cylindrical Objects
Sketching Conical Objects
Combining Basic Forms
Understanding the Fundamentals of Perspective
Compositional Perspective