How to Draw Waves

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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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5.