Inside: How to draw a colorfully scalloped seashell

Hello Artists! Today, we are drawing a Seashell.

Collecting Seashells is one of my favorite things to do on the beach.

It always feels like a triumph to find a whole shell. There are many different kinds of Seashells and hundreds of different color combinations.

I tend to enjoy the pink and orange shells, so that’s the color combo I’m going with.

You choose your favorite!

How to draw a scallop seashell

Supplies needed to draw seashells


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored Pencils/crayons

Artist tip: As with any drawing it’s important to recognize how much space you are working with.

To do this, point to the middle of your paper with your finger or pencil.

This will tell your eyes how much space you have to draw in. It does not have to be exact!

Seashell coloring supplies

How to draw a colorful seashell

Let’s get started:

1. From the center of the bottom of the page, 3 finger widths up, draw a dot.

Draw a dot on paper

2. Next, draw a large V from the dot.

Sketching a seashell

How to draw scalloped sea shell

3. Now, draw a wavy curved line across the top of the V, like a wavy rainbow. Add lines coming from the center point, up and out towards the top.

Draw a scallop shell

4. At the bottom V area, draw an L shape (and reverse L) to add a flat area to the bottom, almost like it could stand.

Add a few more diagonal lines inside.

How to draw the connecting point of a shell

5. Next, add some curved lines across the shell. 2 or 3 spaced out. This will add texture as we fill it in.

Adding detail to a seashell

How to color a seashell

6. The Best Part: Color! Your choice Artist!
Artist Tip: Seashells can be many colors, choose a few in the same color family and mix it up. There doesn’t even have to be a pattern, gasp!

How to color a seashell

There you go! You’ve done it and drawn a seashell.

Let’s see what else we can draw together, maybe a sandy beach for these seashells to lay?!

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