How to Draw a Chinese Waterfall

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Chinese waterfalls are different than regular waterfalls due to added amounts of foliage. Learn how to draw a Chinese waterfall with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm an artist, and today we're going to work on drawing a Chinese waterfall. So what makes a Chinese waterfall different than a different kind of waterfall is probably going to be the foliage and maybe the style so we're going to draw this kind of old style looking waterfall that you might have seen like in an old fashioned Chinese painting. The first thing we're going to do is put in the waterfall, just going to come just like this, very simple. You see the curve of the river here and this is mostly going to be in white, you're going to color this in with white, maybe put some lines down the middle here to show the water flow and you can make sure to have the bend put into the waterfall as well. Now, that's sort of the basic part and then also don't forget if you want to add some mist and whatnot at the bottom, maybe some you know, more action to show that the water is sort of you know, exploding in a sense when it gets to the bottom. Then we're going to go back in and we're going to put in some foliage and some flora and fauna. So, basically there's a very specific kind of look to the trees in China versus maybe somewhere else, so they have this kind of I'm not sure if they're cherry blossoms or what they are but they've got this really lovely simple kind of look to them and they come out over the water and you can go and you can put color on the sides too and if you happen to actually know any Chinese caricatures, people actually would put them in a lot of the work that they do. So I don't really know many myself but this is an example of something that you might see and that is how you draw a Chinese waterfall.


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