How to Draw a Waterfall Step-by-Step

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Waterfalls are among nature's most majestic spectacles, and as a result is a popular drawing subject among artists. A waterfall can add a beautiful image to an outdoor scene. To best draw a waterfall, break it down into steps, and use a pencil in the event of a mistake. Also use colored pencils to add more realism to your drawing.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Green colored pencil or marker
  • Gray colored pencil or marker
  • White or light blue colored pencil or marker
  • Blue colored pencil or marker
  • Draw a tall rectangle to make the general outline of the waterfall. Waterfalls are generally fairly narrow, so keep that in mind as you sketch the rectangle.

  • Draw a curvy line that starts at the top left corner of the rectangle and goes up and to the left. Draw another diagonal curvy line, but this time start it at the top right corner of the rectangle and have it go up and to the right. As well, a little more than halfway down the rectangle on the left side, draw a curvy line that goes down and to the left. Finally, draw a similar curvy line on the right side of the rectangle, near the bottom, that goes down and to the right. This does not have to be directly symmetrical to the other curvy line you draw on the side of the rectangle.

  • Sketch vertical lines going down the rectangle you drew at the beginning. Sketch several. This will start to give definition to the actual waterfall.

  • Sketch lines around the side of the waterfall, especially near the diagonal lines you made earlier. There's no set way you have to follow. With this step you're trying to create the look of rocks and leaves next to the waterfall, so draw it how you like. For the best results, draw short, curvy lines. You can choose to have some areas look rockier by drawing several lines together in square or rectangular shapes to create a rock look.

  • Draw several lines that are curved slightly upward on both sides, and make them below the bottom of the rectangle you drew at the beginning. These curved lines should get bigger as you get farther away from the bottom of the rectangle.

  • Color in the sides of the waterfall. Use a green colored pencil or marker to give it the look of leaves. As well, leave some spots open so you can fill them in with a gray colored pencil or marker to give the appearance of rocks.

  • Color in the waterfall using a light blue colored pencil or marker. If you have a white colored pencil or marker and it'll show up on the paper you're using, that can work as well. At the base of the waterfall, draw a small area, following the shape of some of the lines curved upward, with the light blue or white colored pencil or marker. Then, use a blue colored pencil or marker (a color darker than the light blue colored pencil or marker you used) and fill in the area below the area you just shaded, following the lines curved upward. This will make up the water below the waterfall that's not being directly hit by the waterfall, and thus is calmer.

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