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.