Is there anything better than relaxing on the beach? Even if the answer is yes, it would have to be a pretty short list of possibilities!
It’s wonderfully relaxing to relax on the beach and watch as the waves roll in and crash on the shore.
Something that can be just as fun and fulfilling as enjoying the ocean waves is by creating some artwork featuring this relaxing phenomenon.
Learning how to draw ocean waves is certainly the best way to do that!
If you would like to discover how to do this yourself, then you’re in the right place.
This step-by-step guide on how to draw ocean waves in just 8 easy steps will guide and show you how easy and fun it can be!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw Ocean Waves – Let’s Get Started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Next, start drawing the next lines
- Step 3 – Now, draw even more lines for the ocean waves
- Step 4 – Next, draw some more details for it
- Step 5 – Now, draw the next set of detail lines
- Step 6 – Next, a few more detail lines
- Step 7 – Next, draw some final touches
- Step 8 – Now finish it off with some color
- 4 More Ways To Make Your Ocean Waves Drawing Unique
- Your Ocean Waves Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw Ocean Waves – Let’s Get Started!
Let’s keep things nice and simple for this first step of our guide on how to draw ocean waves.
The way that we will make these waves look great is by adding a lot of smaller details and elements that build to a whole, so we shall take it slowly!
We will just be drawing two simple lines for this initial step.
These lines will be very rounded and curled at the ends of them, as shown in our reference image. Once you have replicated these lines you will be ready for the next step.
Step 2 – Next, start drawing the next lines
We will now be adding some more lines to your ocean waves drawing, but these ones will look a bit different from the ones that you drew in the previous one.
The first line will be quite small and rounded, and it will attach to the tip of the line that you drew on the left in the previous step.
The second line that we will be drawing in this step will be quite a bit larger than the first one.
This one will start beneath all of the other lines, and it will curve upward and around until it connects to the end of the line on the right.
Step 3 – Now, draw even more lines for the ocean waves
This third step of our guide on how to draw ocean waves will see you adding even more lines to build up the effect of the waves.
The lines that we will be adding from here on out may look a bit more complex than the ones you have been drawing so far, but as long as you closely follow the reference image then you should have no problems.
We will be adding two lines in this step, and the first will start from the left side and move inward with a slight curve to it.
The other one will connect to this one and have a slight curl on the left and a larger one that connects to one of the upper lines on top.
Step 4 – Next, draw some more details for it
Your ocean waves drawing is already looking really great! The next few steps will see us adding even more lines to the picture to make it look even more vibrant.
These lines that we are adding in this fourth step will be smaller in general, and they will be curled like the others.
Most of these lines will be going into the inner sections of the waves and will connect to the others that you have drawn already.
Step 5 – Now, draw the next set of detail lines
It’s time to add some more detail lines in this step of our guide on how to draw ocean waves.
Once again, these lines will go into the interior of the other lines and shapes we have been working on. We will also start adding some small shapes poking off the exterior of the ocean waves outlines.
This first shape will be small and curled, and it will poke off the top of the lower curl of the waves.
Step 6 – Next, a few more detail lines
We shall soon be adding the final details and elements of your ocean waves drawing, but first we will add a bit more to the structure of the waves.
Once again, these lines will be curved and go into the interior of the shape of the waves. The reference image will guide you as to how these should be placed, and then it’s time for those final touches!
Step 7 – Next, draw some final touches
Now we can add the final details and elements in this step of our guide on how to draw ocean waves.
We added lots of detail lines inside the various outlines of the waves, and then we finished off by drawing some large drops coming off the tips of the waves.
You could also add some fun details of your own to finish it off! Some ideas would be to draw some dolphins leaping from the waves or by drawing a boat sailing on them.
Step 8 – Now finish it off with some color
To complete this ocean waves drawing in style, we will be adding some colors to it!
In our reference image, we used a variety of different shades of blue for the various sections of water, and we also incorporated some white for ocean foam.
These are the colors we chose, but you should feel free to use any other you like! Choosing the colors is one thing, but you can have fun with the art mediums you pick as well.
We would recommend watercolors for this one, but anything you use will look great!
What colors and art mediums will you use to complete this ocean waves drawing?
4 More Ways To Make Your Ocean Waves Drawing Unique
Go with the flow as we make this ocean waves sketch even more amazing with 4 tips!
This drawing of ocean waves features a small section of these waves. You could make your drawing even more unique by adding to the section of water that we can see.
If you have a nice big piece of paper, you could make a large portion of ocean waves all done in the same style as the one we did in this image.
How big would you like to make this section of the ocean for your artwork?
Once you have finished drawing your section of ocean waves, you could draw the sky above it. This could include details such as clouds, the sun or maybe the moon and stars.
Then, you can make it look even more stunning by choosing some beautiful colors. For instance, it could look great with some bright oranges for a sunset.
Can you think of anything else that you could add to the sky and the horizon to make it look even more interesting?
You could also add some creatures and other things you would find at sea to populate your ocean waves drawing.
For some examples, you could add some large sea creatures like whales and dolphins emerging from the waves.
Or, you may want to have a cruise ship or some small sailboats sailing along. These are just a few of the things you could add to these turbulent waters, but we’re sure you can think of more!
Finally, you can use certain art mediums and techniques to make your ocean waves sketch look even more unique. One of the best mediums you could use would be watercolor paints.
This would especially be true if you used a large paintbrush with long brushstrokes to replicate the waves in the water. Other kinds of paint like acrylic would also be an excellent choice.
Or, you may prefer the thicker colors of pastels or the softer tones of colored pencils. What are some other art mediums you could use?
Your Ocean Waves Drawing is Complete!
That will complete our step-by-step guide on how to draw ocean waves!
Hopefully this guide made the process of drawing some beautiful ocean waves not only much easier but also a great deal of fun for you.
Now that you have completed this guide, you can still add to the drawing by adding some details, color choices or art mediums of your own. How will you add some of your own touches to this image?
Be sure to also check out our website for more awesome drawing guides to enjoy! We upload new ones frequently, so you’ll want to check in often.
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