The beach can be a fun and relaxing place to be, and there’s something for pretty much anyone to enjoy!
The beach can also be a stunningly beautiful location to visit, and that has made beach settings popular for paintings, drawings, films and other forms of art.
Drawing a wonderful beach setting can be challenging though, and this guide is here to help!
This step-by-step guide on how to draw a beach will have you drawing your own stunning beach landscapes in no time.
How to Draw A Beach – Let’s get Started!
For the first step of our guide on how to draw a beach, we will be starting simply. We will be making this picture look like a painting, so to do this, we will start with a simple rectangle.
You can draw this using a ruler or even use a tool like a set-square to have it looking perfect.
If you would prefer to not have a border for your image, you could always draw this rectangle using a pencil for now.
Regardless of what you choose, once the rectangle is done you are ready for step 2 of your beach drawing.
Step 2 – Draw the horizon line
You might want to use a pencil for step two of your beach drawing. Using a ruler, carefully draw a line across the rectangle.
If you use a pen right away, be sure to leave a space about three-quarters of the way across, as we will be adding elements to that space in the next few steps.
Step 3 – Add some birds and erase the line
If you used a pencil to draw the horizontal line in the previous step, you can erase some of it here.
The line should be erased from around the three-quarter mark of the line, and you can use the reference image as a guide on where to erase it.
You can go over the remaining line that you didn’t erase at this point if you wish. Once you’re happy with the horizon line, you can draw three birds with a simple flat ‘M’ shape.
Step 4 – Now, draw some palm trees
What’s a tropical beach without some palm trees? Let’s add some in this part of your beach drawing to give it some great atmosphere!
Using the space that you erased in the previous step, carefully draw two palm trees using some curved lines.
They’ll be floating in mid-air for now, but rest assured that we will draw some land for them to be sitting on soon!
Step 5 – Next, draw the sun and some land
We shall add the shoreline and some other details in this next step of our guide on how to draw a beach.
First, using the end of your horizon line, draw a curvy line coming down from the end of it.
This will show waves lapping at the shore, and you could make it wavier or straighter depending on whether you want a calmer or stormier sea.
On the right-hand side, draw some jagged lines to make a grassy outcropping onto the sand of the beach.
Once you’ve done that, then you can finish off this step with a big, rounded line above the leftmost side of the horizon, and then surround it with small, curved lines for the sun and its rays.
Step 6 – Let’s draw the final details
It’s almost time to color in your bach drawing, but first we will add some final details to the picture.
We finished off our reference image using some curvy lines near the shoreline to add more wave detail to the water’s edge.
That was our finish detail, but before you move on to step 6 you should add any extra details that you would like!
These could be something like dolphins leaping out or maybe even a boat sailing on the water.
You could even change up the setting by leaving out the sun and adding some clouds for a stormy setting!
There are so many ways you could switch up this image, so what will you choose for your picture?
Step 7 – Finish off your beach drawing with some color
Now it’s time to close off this guide on how to draw a beach with some beautiful colors! This is the step where you can really take over and show us how creative you can be with your color choices.
We showed you how we would color in this image, so while you can use that as a guide, you can also change it up with your own color choices.
You could use bright, luminescent colors for a beautiful, wondrous day at the beach and use mediums like acrylic paints or colored pens to finish it off.
Or perhaps this is a calmer day at the beach, and if so you could use cooler blues and greys along with mediums like watercolor paints or colored pencils for a colder look.
It might also be a fun idea to draw an ornate frame around the picture to make it look like a painting in a museum! We can’t wait to see the creative ways that you finish off this picture of yours.
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There are many different things you can expect to find on a beach, and you can add them to this beach drawing. We added some palm trees, but you could add any natural or man-made objects you will often see at a beach.
These could include some beach towels, umbrellas or sandcastles. Once you have added some of these objects, you could also add some people hanging around to enjoy this beautiful day at the beach!
What other extra details can you think of to add?
Once you have finished adding some touches to the beach, you can also have some fun adding details to the water. We shall go over a few ideas you could use for this!
First, you could draw a sailboat sailing over the calm waters. Or you could possibly depict a dolphin, whale or other sea creatures leaping from the waters.
There are just so many ideas you could go for, so have some fun getting creative with it and see what happens!
You can also drastically change the nature of this beach sketch by changing the weather details. We kept this depiction to a lovely calm day, but this is one of many possibilities.
By adding some big dark clouds, you could make it look like a storm is rolling in. Or, maybe you want this to be an even nicer day, in which case you could remove the clouds that are there and draw the sun big and bright in the sky.
Finally, we think you should have some fun with your colors and art tools and mediums for this drawing of a beach. We showed you one way that you can color this picture in the guide, but there is so much room for creativity.
You can also use colors to further emphasize the weather details we spoke about in the previous step. For example, some lovely oranges and reds done with watercolors would make it look like a peaceful sunset scene.
Your Beach Drawing is Complete
We hope that you had a wonderful time going through this step-by-step guide on how to draw a beach alongside us!
If you looked at the image you would be drawing and assumed that it would be too difficult, we hope that working through this guide proved otherwise and helped you with creating your amazing drawing.
Now it’s up to you to bring your beach drawing to life with some pretty details, additions and color choices!
Perhaps it might be a good opportunity to try out a new medium that you don’t normally use.
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