How to Draw Clouds Tutorial (and Vapor, Fog, Mist, etc.) EASY!

How to Draw Clouds Tutorial (and Vapor, Fog, Mist, etc.) EASY!


Alright. Here’s a quick little tutorial with a couple little tips and tricks about how to draw clouds and… smoke and vapor, fog, mist… so on and so forth, et cetera all sorts of little wispy, curly, lofty, fluffy vapors in the air and stuff like that First of all, I just want to say Um, it helps, most of all, to draw a lot and the more you draw, the more… of your own style and way to draw these sort of things you will develop. That’s the one- that’s the one thing I want to stress the most Over time I have been drawing a few cloudy stuff like this in my drawings As you can see. And so I thought I’d try to break it down and show very simply Um… What is going through my mind and what I’m doing when I draw these wispy clouds and stuff like that First of all, a long time ago- I think it really helps to look at some artists you really like For example, I like Mobius and the way he likes clouds. I’m not saying copy things, but it’s okay to emulate little bits and styles from other things you really like whether it’s artist or actual things in real life like some actual clouds up in the sky. But okay, let’s really get down to it If you want to draw a puffy cloud up in the sky, the basic building block of a cloud is this: the arc It’s like drawing partway around a circle and you can practice drawing arcs, if you want, in a row like this, that doesn’t really help But even here you can see Um… There’s filling up a page with a bunch of arcs drawn all in the same direction, like this, kind of, already, kind of creates a poofy cloudy sensation And then if you start connecting the arcs together kind of end to end and varying the size and rotation of the arcs You realize that even starts making even more of a cloudy sensation and the more you play around with this The more variation in your clouds you get And I can’t stress enough how much you really should play around with this Experiment. Just draw a lot of different clouds and poofy shapes. It’s good. That’s really the only way. Expecting this to turn out perfectly and the way you imagined it and loved it the first few- the first time or even the first few times you do it is a recipe for disappointment You can see here, you draw all the arcs kind of curving the same way, and if you draw one arc the other way It might look weird, right off the bat, for drawing these kinds of clouds But… moving on from that. If you want to draw stuff a little more wispy like for example if you want to draw some… like curling vapor, steam coming out of a smokestack you can, instead of just arcs, you can start drawing wibbly-wobbly lines mixed in with all your little arcs Also, you don’t need to make all your lines touch each other There’s a lot of things that the human brain and the eyes will kind of… assume and… the- the brain knows what it’s looking for and it can assume what smoke looks like. So just kind of hint away at things draw a little dotty… dotted lines and… kind of doodle away it the way curly wispy smoke and fog and mist looks like. As you can see a lot of my mist kind of starts concentrated down low and… broadens up as it dissipates up towards the right or something but… you don’t have to do that. You can make it curl down and around whatever way you like. You can make your foggy, Smoky mist go in front of and behind objects to give a little bit of… depth To get a little bit more body, that can be fun. And mostly I just… I just recommend you uh… Experiment a little bit with it. A lot with it. Keep it loose, fun, easy. Don’t worry about it too much. There’s always the next drawing and I really think you can have fun with it Like I did here you can start with the big marker practicing those lines, as you get- and as you get more comfortable with it Get a finer tip to pen and add more and more details, and then you can even start shading the bottom of clouds And it’ll look more and more like it has some depth and body. Alright. See you guys later. Bye

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