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Uploaded: December 20, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 16
Updated: December 20, 2011
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Hey everyone here's another landmass tutorial. This time I'll be showing you how to draw volcanoes. Volcanoes always spice up landscapes so you can combine what you learn in this tutorial with what you learned in my realistic landscape tutorial to produce an awesome drawing!

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How to Draw Volcanoes, Draw a Volcano

how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 1

STEP 1.

It always helps to start off with some quick sketches. Try using a medium that you don't always use. I used water soluble pencils for my sketches. I started out by roughly sketching the volcano. Then I roughly shaded it.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 2

STEP 2.

Then I went over the sketch using water and brushes. Don't get too caught up in detail. Just look at your sketches as warm up exercises.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 3

STEP 3.

Next up is a sketch of an erupting volcano. Again, I started by sketching the volcano and then roughly shaded it in.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 4

STEP 4.

I finished up my sketch using water and brushes here.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 5

STEP 5.

Start off by roughly shading in your paper with the 7B. Shade very lightly. After that blend in your shading with a blending stump. The only pencils that you should need are 7B for sketching/shading and HB for any light shading.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 6

STEP 6.

Next, erase the volcano and any other background masses into the drawing. After that roughly shade in your sky using a 7B pencil. Hint at the smoke coming from the volcano.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 7

STEP 7.

Use a 7B pencil to roughly shade in the volcano and mountain. After that roughly shade in the foliage in the foreground.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 8

STEP 8.

Blend in the sky and smoke using a blending stump. Then blend in the background mountain as well. You can use an HB pencil to sharpen your shading if it comes out too blurry.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 9

STEP 9.

Use a 7B pencil to add a layer of shading to the volcano then blend your shading in.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 10

STEP 10.

Add more layers of shading and make sure that the flames and lava are the whitest parts of the drawing. Try to fade to black towards the bottom of the volcano.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 11

STEP 11.

Finish up the drawing by darkening the volcano and shading in the foliage in the foreground. Now, let's move on to the next volcano.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 12

STEP 12.

Start off again by shading and blending in the background. I used a 7B pencil for this.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 13

STEP 13.

Next roughly sketch/shade in the volcano. After that sketch in the smoke.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 14

STEP 14.

Blend in your sky. After that blend in and define you smoke. Use a kneadable eraser to add the highlights to the smoke. Use an HB pencil to add light shading and details. Blend over the smoke to give it a fluffy look. After you have done that blend in the volcano itself.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 15

STEP 15.

Next up shade in the volcano using a 7B pencil. Make you shading darkest towards the volcano's outline. Try to make your pencil stroke move naturally down the volcano's form. Use an eraser to make the light coming from the crack in the volcano the brightest part of the drawing. This will give it a glowing effect.
 
how to draw volcanoes, draw a volcano step 16

STEP 16.

Finish up the drawing by shading and blending the smoke/clouds below the volcano and cleaning up your shading and details. I hope you find this tutorial beneficial. As always, comments and questions are welcome!