Introduction: How to Draw a Wave
I often find myself very bored. Being a surfer, with a paper and a pencil, I draw random waves. Here's a place to turn disturbing sketches to precious masterpieces.
Step 1: Materials
-a pencil -an eraser -paper -(optional) colored pencils
Step 2: Basic Form
You're going to want to start by drawing the lip, spray, and basic shape of your wave. This can all be done with basic lines.
Step 3: Shape Curves
To make the illusion of the movement of the wave, we'll add curves indicating the movement of the water.
Step 4: Adding the Spray
Use lines to show to spray of the waves flying through the air. Make sure that they keep the shape of the initial direction of the wave.
Step 5: Show the Wave Breaking
Now we need to draw the whitewash where the wave is breaking. Jagged lines will do.
Step 6: Erase Lines and Add Detail
Read the title of this step
Step 7: Shading(or Coloring)
Shading: Start near the barrel/whitewash with heavy strokes, then start moving out with lighter strokes. Coloring: Start with a dark blue near the barrel and shade with lighter and darker blues for the rest of the wave
Step 8: Finishing Touches
Add a skyline, birds, a sun, surfers, islands, really anything!
Step 9: Experiment
Remember, the possibilities are endless! Try moving the horizon or vanishing point for different effects.