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.
Use the eraser to make the line between light and shadow more distinct; if it becomes too distinct, you can always blend it:
Use the softest pencil to make the outline more pronounced.
Draw a faint outline of the sun with a hard pencil; it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle.
To darken the sky around you, tilt the pencil.
Blend it according to the instructions in the previous section.
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 draw a cloud in the sky?
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- Step 1: Lightly draw a cloud outline.
- Step 2: Shade the skyu2014not the cloud!
- Step 3: Blend your layers until smooth.
- Step 4: Gently add shape to your cloud.
- Step 5: Increase contrast.
- Step 6: Finish up with small details.
How do you make white smoke with colored pencils?
Apply a layer of white coloring over the smoke cloud, then color over it with gray, blending or smudging the colors into a smooth texture with your finger. Apply the gray over the white with side-to-side strokes, continuing to blend until you have the grayish-white tone that looks like smoke.