How To Draw Waves

How To Draw Waves

Want to learn to draw waves in the ocean like a professional illustrator? Lyn Stone shows you a quick and effective method for drawing amazing sea waves every time!

First of all, we're going to work in pencil to start with, we are going to have some coloring pencils which are water based coloring pencils, a brush, some water and a rubber. So, the first shape we need to make is the eye of the wave which is a small shape like this, with a few flicks, kind of like this. Then we're going to draw some lines coming off this, we're going to draw a large one along the bottom like this first, and then some radiating lines out from that, which is the wall of the wave we're starting to create, okay.

Next, we need to add in the foam of the wave as it falls over the top and you can use small, sort of circular, semi-circular marks to indicate this. Like this, alright, maybe a few dots indicating splashes of water. Next, we need to draw like the floor of the sea, because at the moment, it's like floating in mid-air, so we draw that in.

Then, we create some smaller waves with in that, because obviously, there's a lot of movement in here going on. Okay, so that's our basic, then I want you to draw along the top a little bit, again keeping short and curving shape to indicate the top of the wave. Next, we're going to apply some color, going to start with a darker color, and we're going to apply that.

Now, we're going to add a different color, and I should probably add more color after I've added the initial water because I might need to make adjustments. At the moment, there is very little to see, and it's once you apply the water that you start to see some shaping. And again with the brush, you're mirroring that curving shape of the eye.

So yes, I'm definitely going to add a bit more color here. Add more to the foreground to start with. So, again all the marks I'm making are following the shape of that wave.

Now, I'm going to go over some of my original pencil marks to make them a bit stronger. Because we've kind of lost the shaping of the wave a little bit, with our coloring in, I'm just going over it in colored pencil, actually. I'm going to leave mine clear, as though it's the sky coming through.

I think it will work quite well in this instance. I'm going to add a few more frothy waves to my design. To kind of frame the image, I will put a pencil mark around it.

There is your basic wave. Want to learn to draw waves in the ocean like a professional illustrator? Lyn Stone shows you a quick and effective method for drawing amazing sea waves every time!.