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Uploaded: February 1, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: September 19, 2009
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Walking along the beach on a hot summers day or night is always an ideal thing to do from June-August, and from September-November. There is a peacefulness that reflects off ocean waters that some how either mends a broken heart or sooth's the weary soul. You watch the dangers and excitement of surfers riding the waves as they crash down and get up again for another round. But did you ever wonder how waves from the ocean form uniform ripples in the sea, or how humongous waves are able to break down on the shore. Well I may not have all the answers, but maybe I can provide at least some. The most common cause for waves forming is the wind. When the wind rolls over the ocean it forms friction, and when friction forms it forces the water to ripple. Now, depending on the strength and force of the passing winds and how long the gust last for will determine the size of the ripples that will form. The waves that break along the shores can differ in sizes, the steeper the beach slope is the higher and more intense the incoming waves will be these are called surging breakers. When the beach has a moderate steep slope the waves are curved and high, these are what surfers call “ideal waves” and oceanographers call them plunging breakers. And finally Beaches that have more subtle gentle slopes where the incoming waves just start breaking on the ocean and by the time they reach the shore they fizzle out and just form rolling water, these are called spilling breakers. No matter how you look ate the ocean and its waves, these incredible masses are always beautiful to look at weather you’re a kid having fun, lovers walking on the beach, friends hanging out, or just sitting by yourself relaxing on the water front. This tutorial will teach you "how to draw waves" step by step. The instructions are clear and the sketches are awesome. I did a good job drawing these waves and I know you will enjoy learning how to draw them too. *Note*, if you want to learn more about ocean waves you can click here and it will take you to an informative page filled with all kinds of neat facts about waves.

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how to draw ocean waves

How to Draw Waves

how to draw ocean waves step 1

STEP 1.

Okay as you can see there are two different types of oceans you will be learning to draw. The one to the left is more like a surfing wave, and the one to the right is more like ocean waves rolling on the water. Both styles are super simple to draw and you will learn how to draw waves very quickly. First things first, draw the outlines for both waves. Look at the image and use it as a guiding tool to know where to make your marks. I always start at the top of a sketch and work my way down. Add more bumpy wave lines for the line art on the left and straighter lines on the right.
 
how to draw ocean waves step 2

STEP 2.

Here is where you will detail the waves on both sides with definition. Water can be a difficult thing to draw, but if you take your time and follow the instructions you will be fine. What you are looking to do is add body and texture. So when sketching the strokes on the left wave try and make bubbly circles on the peak of the wave and curvy lines under it. On the right hand side, sketch in short curved lining for the bottom of the wave and ripple up the far right top of the water.
 
how to draw ocean waves step 3

STEP 3.

In this third step you will continue to detail the waves by adding sudsy looking swirls. This will make your waves look more real and soapy like. After you do this you will move onto the next step. You are almost done with this tutorial drawing on how to draw ocean waves.
 
how to draw ocean waves step 4

STEP 4.

Now by pressing very lightly on your sketch pencil, again lightly fill in the water lines with short simple puffy looking lines. Take your time in this step you have alot of ripples and filling in to do on this step. Both waves are going be using the same pencil stroke technique to give the body of water the detail and definition that you need to create to look like a realistic body of ocean waves. After you complete all the detailing in this step move down to the next.
 
how to draw ocean waves step 5

STEP 5.

Here is your finished sketch. This what you should end up with. This sketch is a perfect drawing to use water colors to color in the image. I hope you had fun learning "how to draw waves" step by step. I will catch you all later.