How to Draw Candle (4 Easy Methods)

We will demonstrate how to draw a candle in this drawing lesson – one of the earliest objects that helped people illuminate their homes.

As per our tradition, we simplified and clarified the lesson as much as possible. Despite all the simplicity, however, we will still draw candles in a realistic manner.

Now, let’s get started with the tutorial and draw a candle!

How to Draw Candle Step by Step: 4 Different Methods

Method 1:

Step 1: Draw an open cylinder

Draw an open cylinder

Have you ever noticed that a candle resembles a cylinder?

Start by cutting off the bottom of a simple cylinder to draw your candle.

Step 2: Draw the wick and flame

Draw the wick and flame

Next, add the flame and wick.

In the middle of the cylinder is a solid line called the wick.

Wind, temperature, etc. can affect the shape and size of the candle flame.

This way, you can make your flame look however you want.

However, the flame is normally wide at the bottom and narrows to the top.

Step 3: Add the details

Add the details

Step 2 already gives you a very basic candle. It actually looks quite nice, doesn’t it?

Let’s add a few more details to make the candle more realistic.

There is no such thing as a perfectly straight candle. It is common for some molten candle to drip down, especially after a candle has burned for a long time.

Add some variation to your “straight candle” by drawing over it again. Don’t forget to add some cracks for further detail.

Step 4: Block in your basic colors

Block in your basic colors

It’s time to paint or draw your candle and give it a little life.

Using a dark yellow candle wax and a lighter yellow flame, I colored my candle wax.

Candles come in all kinds of colors now, so you can pick the one you like.

Step 5: Add a gradient

Add a gradient

You can see the lighter color of the wax closest to the flame when you look at a burning candle.

Due to its thinness, the flame illuminates directly the thinnest part.

Add a gradient to your candle to reproduce this effect.

The bottom of the candle is orange and red, while the top is yellow.

Step 6: Color extra details

Color extra details

Adding a few more details to your candle will really make it stand out, such as shadows in the cracks, and highlights near the flame.

You will also notice that if you look closely at a flame, the flame is actually a dark blue instead of yellow where the wick and the flame meet.

Step 7: Add a black background

add a black background

In broad daylight, it is pointless to use a candle.

Hence, let’s create a dark background for our candle so that you can truly feel its light and warmth.

Step 8: Add luminescence

Add luminescence

It is imperative to draw a candle with clear lines that indicate the shape of the flame.

The real flame, however, has no clear lines and constantly changes.

Let’s add some shine around the flame to better see the light coming from it.

Method 2:

Step 1: Draw The Candle Stick

Candle stick drawing

Begin the drawing with the candle stick. Candles can some in many shapes and sizes but in this case it will be a fairly “tradition” candle that is not very tall. 

Start by drawing two vertical parallel lines, next make the candle a little wider towards the bottom and outline the bottom itself with a curve.

Leave the top part open for the wax that will be added in the next step.

Step 2: Draw the Melting Wax

Candle wax drawing

Add the melting wax to the candle stick. Start by drawing a wavy line on the very top to show that it has melted. Drip wax from the sides to complete the design.

Draw the drips to look more natural by making sure they are all different lengths and sizes.

Step 3: Draw the Wick

Draw the Wick

Add the wick starting in the middle of the candle. Create a relatively thin line, with a slight wave to the overall shape.

Step 4: Draw the Flame

Draw the Flame

The flame should come up from the wick. At the bottom, make it wider and rounder. As it goes up, make it narrower and pointier.

Step 5: Finish the Line Drawing

Finish the Line Drawing

Adding the inner part of the candle flame will finish the line drawing. It should be smaller than the outer part.

The next step is to trace your drawing with a pen or thin black marker (as was mentioned at the start of the tutorial). You can also simply use a pencil to darken your lines if you don’t have those handy.

You should also keep the lines around the flame thinner than the rest of the candle when going over the lines. That way, it will appear brighter and more realistic.

Step 6: Color the Candle

Color the Candle

Color the candle to complete the drawing. Paints and colored pencils are good options, as markers may be too bright.

The candle stick should be a yellow/brown color, and the melting wax should be the same color, but a little lighter. You can first color one part of the drawing and then the other with pencils. 

You can mix paints together if you are using them. Depending on what you choose, you might want to add a bit of orange.

Dark grey can be used for the fuse, orange for the flame’s interior, and yellow for its outer part. Your candle drawing should now be complete.

Method 3:

Step 1:

Create a candle by drawing its contours. Currently, it appears as a tall, elongated rectangle. You should use very light lines when making changes to the candle drawing in order to avoid creating future problems.

drawing a candle with the contours

Step 2:

As in our sample, use smooth long lines to draw the candle’s contours. You should draw these lines flowing down the rectangle you drew earlier. Now draw the wick. Draw a flame that looks like a drop with a few smooth lines.

smooth long lines to draw the candle's contours

Step 3:

The candle looks real already. We need to remove the unwanted guidelines and finish with the contours. Create the center of the flame by dripping melted wax on the bottom of the candle.

remove the unwanted guidelines

Step 4:

In order to make your candle drawing appear voluminous, you must add shadows. Darken the bottom of the drops because the light comes from above. 

Additionally, you can draw a cast shadow on the drawing to give it a more lively appearance. In addition, you can put a candlestick under the candle or a plate under the candle.

drawing appear voluminous

Method 4:

Step 1: Draw an oval that has been flattened. Your candle will have a top like this.

drawing a flattened oval

Step 2: By drawing a line straight downward from each side of the oval, outline the sides of the candle.

drawing a line straight

Step 3: Curve the straight lines to connect them. Now the candle has its basic shape, a cylinder.

Curve the straight lines

Step 4: ​​​​​​​​​​​Create irregular shapes by enclosing them with curved lines. Create irregular shapes by enclosing them with curved lines. This represents wax drippings.

Create irregular shapes by enclosing

Step 5: In the original oval, erase the guidelines.

​​​​Draw a curved line across the top of the candle

Step 6: In the center of the candle’s top, draw a curved line that doesn’t touch the edges. From this line, draw a second line that curves upward. It is this material that burns, the cloth or wood that forms the wick.

Draw the candle's flame

​​​​​​​​​Draw the flame from the candle. Create a sharp point in the middle of the wick by drawing two curved lines that meet. Create a teardrop-shaped flame.


This tutorial shows how to draw a simple candle. A simple candle stick can be made more interesting with the addition of just a bit of detail such as melting wax.

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