How to Draw a Realistic Tornado with Pencil

It is possible to refer to the simple step-by step drawing guide below.

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Step 1

Draw a curve to represent the top of the cloud that forms the tornado, and a diagonal for the vortex. Make it a smooth drawing using the pencil #2 or HB. Make sure to draw it in the same way as shown in the image.

Step 2

Draw two parallel lines of red for the cloud layer over the horizon.

Step 3

Then draw vertically red diagonal lines to indicate the direction of wind for the clouds (this helps you move your clouds in the direction of wind). On the horizon , you will see an unlit stretch of ground. This can be represented by drawing the red line at the end of the horizontal.

Step 4

Then draw the tornado’s vortex.

Step 5

Sketch a light sketch of the clouds that are on top of the tornado. Draw these small, circular lines. Take note of how the hanging clouds (probably rivets) are on the same angle like the vortex.

Step 6

Note the position of the cloud that is next to the directions. Draw Squiggly lines. Note: You are allowed to draw these lines however, you must stay within the slope of the hills.

Step 7

Another interesting aspect of the drawing. Draw two horizontal red lines to represent clouds with two bellies. Additionally, add your land, and adhere to your guidelines. Be sure to remember the tiny power lines. Utilize squiggly lines that are to the direction of wind to guide the debris and dirt swirling around the bottom of this tornado.

Step 8

This line drawing was created specifically for you if aren’t interested in the shading and blending in pencil. If not, let’s go on by drawing the pencil.

Step 9

Here’s a sketch made using the 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Take a close look and determine the lines you draw look like this. You can erase lines if parts like the nose or eyes do not align. Utilize your kneaded eraser as well as the kneaded eraser to erase shadow contours and dark lines to create an authentic look when shade. Shade shifts from dark to light (or reverse) must be smooth…no sharp lines. Take your time It’s not as difficult as you might think. As you take more photos it will become much easier for you.

Step 10

TOOLS! I’m going to introduce the grid. It’s an excellent way to transform images into sketch drawings on paper with accuracy and speed. Draw grids of squares on your image print reference (they may be one-inch squares). Check how many squares are within rows and columns. You can then apply the same amount of squares for your rows and columns. The cool thing is the ability to make your image by increasing the size of the square. Important to note T-SQUARE and T-TRIANGLE generate Straight lines and squares ideal for creating grids, diagonals, and lines. Keep in mind the mechanical pencil(s) at 0.7mm make use of 2B or HB. The graphite pencil you are using is of top quality with 9B (black sharp, bold and silky smooth). Sharpening tool for electric pencils and kneading erasers as well as a blending tool or stump to make it easy to highlight white acrylic as well as a paintbrush. The idea of leaving the blank space to be white is also a great idea. Do not look at me right now. Keep going because I’ll give you some details about tornadoes in the next section.

Step 11

Click here for more information and other websites about tornadoes.

Step 12

Special effects! How can you create terrifying storms and clouds? The key is in how your pencil is held as well as the shape of the edge of the pencil. These will be discussed in a subsequent step. Take a look at the various results during this step. Make these movements and observe the different.

Step 13

The picture that is included with this step illustrates two different ways of holding your pencil in order to create certain effects. Perfect Holding a pencil with a pointed tip in normal writing using your hands in the middle or near the tip will give you control over fine or detailed strokes. Understand that you should hold it at an angle of 45 degrees near the table . Place the tip under your palm , keeping the pencil flat. This will give you a wide coverage. When you use the #2 pencil, you’ll have the lead side exposed to allow for shading. However, for a greater space, try the Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil which does not come with a wooden case. The entire sharpened area is entirely lead, as in the image of the process. Try toning your values regularly to help keep your balance.

Step 14

CONE, CUBE, BALL and CYLINDER are all-purpose shapes found in the natural world. It can help you understand the best ways to color, create textures, and much more. Recognize these shapes, making it easier to understand the subject or landscape that you are watching. Tone, Shadow and TEXTURE – Tone is the real color shadows are the portion of the object that is not the light source, and shadows created from objects or textures can be rough smooth sharp, hilly dense and so on. The feeling or appearance the object.

Step 15

It is possible to use the rubber eraser to make light reflect off parts of tornadoes as clouds form to absorb sunlight or to increase the skyline. Keep in mind that the light that is reflected isn’t pure white, it’s mid-tone. The tools you use to blend give a more smooth tone to drawings… tissues or even toilet paper gives an even tone for large areas, and fills in many strokes of pencil. Mix torchlights or stumps that mix smaller regions. If you’ve got enough graphite it is possible to show lines, textures or smaller shaded areas. Great, isn’t it? YES! We’re rocking and rolling right now! Let’s get started by taking the next step.

Step 16

The picture here is a fantastic exercise in shading value. I have a little tip to simplify the process. It is possible to download it onto your desktop. Click the image in order to be able to access to the full-size version. When you right-click on the mouse you can choose “Save Image As.” It will save the image to your desktop.

Step 17

After printing some of the above samples Try shading them in numbers like this one. It helps you become familiar with this shading technique , which gives you greater ability to control your shading and more confidence.

Step 18

* Tip: Before I get distracted, I’d like to add this. To give more realistic along with smooth and seamless transitions between highlighted and shaded planes I have honed the outlines to make them barely noticeable. This is the next step to enable. This is the first step to begin using the application of pastel colors. If you sketch the entire drawing in pencil that’s where you draw circles or lines that shade areas. It can take hours to draw the entire space with pencil. I decided to shade using pastels. In just a couple of strokes I was able to cover. Use medium-to dark grey the clouds and tornadoes. I also added black to the landscape. It’s an unfinished mess and that’s the way some beginning projects are created. Take your time and continue applying layers of black, white and gray layers. You’ll be able to achieve a stunning outcome.

Step 19

Here I utilized the stump of my blend in order to “draw” more lines and make shadows of the clouds, tornadoes and the land. I made circular movements along the sides of my stump (below). My walls are made of clouds, occasionally cleaning up debris and dirt from tornadoes. I smoothed the bigger portions of the cloud using the help of a paper towel… using the circular direction. Then I sprayed the painting by using “Krylon Workable Fixatif” to secure the pastels and pencils the paper, creating a clean and usable surface.

Step 20

I sketched with more shading of clouds and tornadoes using 9B, and 0.7mm mechanical pencils. I was able to identify areas of cloud cover after taking a close look at the image that I used as a reference. The sketch is drawn with diagonals and circles, near the inclination of the tornado and cloud.

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