Printable How To Draw Ocean Waves Worksheet

This free printable how to draw worksheet will help give a young artist confidence in drawing a simple ocean wave crashing on the beach.

FIRST, AN ENCOURAGING WORD: Learning to draw takes practice and time. If your first try doesn't turn out the way you hopped do not give up- just call it a first draft and try again. Draw every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. Come back often and try some of my other drawing projects.

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How To Draw An Ocean Wave Worksheet

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Start with the horizon, (the line where the sky meets the earth), or in our case the distant sea. The horizon should never be in the middle of the picture it should be above the halfway point. This is the only straight line you have to worry about.

Draw a line for the top of the wave going across the picture.  The top of the wave should curve up and down at least once.

Draw the line for the roll over part of the wave it will start at the top and curve down in a slight half circle.  The line will continue across the picture and meet the other side of the roll over where it will go up.

Draw a line where the beach and the ocean meet. It should not be straight but curve up and down slightly.

The crashing wave has foam and splash at the bottom; draw a scribble pattern for the foam. The foam is three dimensional with a front edge, a middle ground, and a background; design these by scribbling a second and third row of scribbles.

The ocean is darker than the wave so make dark lines going back and forth behind the wave.

Add clouds in the sky beyond the horizon. Shade in the sky for contrast.

The bottom edge of the foam is in shadow and darker. The bottom inside the wave is darker than the top of the inside of the wave.

Use a lot of circular lines to make the foam look foamy.

There are lines at the bottom in front of the wave where the water is going back from the beach to the wave, These lines cris-cross. They are darker on the bottom and lighter on the top.

Shade everything except the splash and foam. The water is dark just above the wave and gets lighter as it goes back to the horizon.

(c) Adron

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