How to Draw Clouds and Sky
Clouds and sun can enhance the beauty and interest of a landscape, and I’ll show you how to draw these “background elements” in this tutorial. A cloud, a sunny sky, and a starry sky are examples of “synthetic” clouds.
What You Will Need
How to draw trees with pencils, erasers, and other tools on a sheet of paper How-to-draw-trees-with-pencils:
Draw a ragged cloud outline that goes around the ovals’ suggested shape.
Use a medium-hard pencil to blend something that has been pushed deep into the paper with a soft pencil; don’t press too hard. Use a medium-hard pencil to blend something that has been pushed deep into the paper with a hard pencil.
Carefully “draw” ragged parts of the cloud with an eraser and a spare piece of paper; to keep them white, clean the eraser from time to time or rotate it to use a cleaner corner.
Make the line between light and shadow much clearer with an eraser; if it becomes too clear, blend it with another eraser or a pencil to make it even clearer.
It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle, or even a particularly clear one; all that matters is that it reflects light from both the Sun and the Earth at the same time.
Use the eraser to clean up the sun’s outline if it was distorted during the blending process.
With the eraser, “draw” the bright parts of the clouds all over the place.
Darken the sky around the clouds and sun with a softer pencil, leaving a lighter band around the sun.
Darken the clouds in the middle as well, staying away from the edges.
Darken the sky even more, if necessary with a softer pencil.
Increase the darkness of the sky, but only at a distance from the sun.
To “draw” the outline of the clouds, use the eraser.
By adding some dark with the softest pencil, you can increase the contrast.
Tilt your hard pencil to darken the sky.
Darken the sky with a softer pencil, part by part, leaving some brightness in the middle to simulate the Milky Way.
Draw the outline of the mountains (or treesu2014something to give us a sense of scale) with the softest pencil you have.
Fill the foreground shape with the darkest shade you can (remember, graphite reflections can only be removed in post-production).
Take the eraser and “draw” stars all over the place.
Draw a single dot inside each star with the white gel pen to make them look like they’re glowing.
If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also enjoy the following ones from the How to Draw Nature series: How to Draw Trees How to Draw a Rose How to Draw Grass, Ground, and Rocks Do you want your drawings to look great when digitized? Try these:
How do you make fog with a pencil?
How to Make Fog with a Pencil
- Using your pencil, draw a rough shadow over the area where you want the fog to be the thickest.
- Drag the blending stick horizontally over the shadows.
- Extend the charcoal shadow in all directions with the blending stick.
How do you cross hatch clouds?
Use a 2H lead pencil to layer in darker areas next to the whitest tops of the clouds, and a tortillon to blend in and work in the details. The clouds emerge on the paper by blending, lifting, erasing, and layering in more graphite. I soften the clouds with Blu-Tack.
What is pen and ink drawing?
The term ‘pen and ink’ refers to a drawing technique that involves the application of black and other colored inks to a support (usually paper) with either a dip pen or a reservoir pen.