Beach Drawing Shouldn’t be too hard read these tips to learn

Beach Drawing

Beach Drawing

Today we are going to learn beach drawing. It is best remembered by our senses; an invigorating iodized smell, a breeze that caresses us, the surf that cradles our ears. The ideal place to unwind. Let me take you to the edge of a beach, the time of a drawing. These large stretches of coast are generally made of white sand and/or pebbles. They can also be black sand if they are of volcanic origin – or colored by minerals – so this type of sand is more common on small islands.


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What can we find …

On the ground? I am thinking of driftwood, small shells or crustaceans, seaweed washed up between the water and the sand, pebbles, sand, rocks, wild herbs …

Far away? I imagine in the distant mountains or rocky mountains overlooking the beach, a lighthouse, and beyond the sea a few birds or clouds dotting the sky.

in water? I am thinking directly of the waves, but the aspect of the sea can also be calm with an oiled sea. We can add foam, why not a few islets, large rocks, and boats?

Around?  A wild forest, dunes, mountains, Rockies, large rocks … but also a whole flora that would grow particularly well in sandy soil.


Step 1 draw a horizon line

To begin with, I draw a horizon line that will correspond to the water level. It is now that the point of view of the stage is defined; the lower the horizon line, the less visible the water area. I choose to place mine barely above the middle of the page because I want the water to be fairly visible.

Step 2  draw the blond sand

With small, slightly rounded lines, small dots, and circles, I draw the blond sand on the beach. I detail the bottom of the drawing more to highlight what is close to the eye. On the contrary, I draw more succinctly the elements in the distance to suggest the perspective because of the details which are lost with the distance.

Step 3  different shades of blue

With two different shades of blue, I draw water with wavelets following a curved line imitating the movement of water. I use the lightest shade for the junction between the sand and the water. For the same reason we saw in the previous point, I barely detail the water that is close to the horizon line.

Step 4 right side of the drawing

On the right side of the drawing, I create a green space where high cliffs, a forest, a few rocks, and shrubs mingle. The scale of this vegetation is important. Pay attention to the proportion ratios between each of the elements, and where they are placed about the horizon line. The closer, smaller, and less detailed they are to it, the more distant they will appear. Vippost

Step 5  Surface of the ground

I place a few small rocks on the ground, taking care to draw them embedded in the sand, and not just placed on the surface of the ground since it is loose. In my drawing, the vegetation highlights the sea which seems much larger than if there were no other element of comparison.

Step 6  place tall grass and shells

In the foreground, I place tall grass and shells. I also add a few small round and oval shapes on the ground to better define the sandy texture. Offshore, I sketch a sailboat and an island on the left of the drawing.

Step 7 Draw a sun surrounded by clouds

For the sky, I choose to draw a sun getting ready to set, surrounded by clouds. I color the tops of the clouds orange because they are in direct sunlight, and contrast the undersides of them with a soft blue. I add a few birds that fly away.

Step 8 foreground

I specify my foreground by adding a large palm tree. It must be much more imposing than all the other elements of the Beach drawing. If you choose like me to place it in front. Thus, we only see part of the tree to reinforce this feeling of proximity. To have more explanations on how to draw a palm tree, do not hesitate to take a look at our article! Your beach Drawing is finished! And why not color it?


I want a soft and pastel atmosphere to better match my setting sun. For this coloring, I also want to keep the lines of my drawing and use only colored areas, or sometimes only, very simple gradients.

Step 9 entire page in blue

First of all, I color the entire page blue. On this background, I place the lights: in yellow and orange tones I color the sun, at the back, I degrade the orange shade with blue for the sky. I make a gradient of the same color on the surface of the water, and I add the edge of the water and the foam with a light yellow. I use a soft, very pale green for the clouds. (You can replace the orange color with purple or pink: this will also give a sunset atmosphere.)

Step 10 color the sand

I color the sand: its color must be darker than that of the water’s edge to suggest that it becomes wet on contact. For the cliffs in the distance, I use shades of gray tinged with blue. For the nearest rocks, this time I take a gray subtly tinged with yellow. 

Step 11 different greens for the forest

To vary the colors, I use different greens for the forest in the background, for the bushes, and for the shrubs. It also helps to distinguish the planes. Finally, to contrast with the sky and the sea, I color the islet with a gray-blue of medium value.


I take care of the foreground by coloring the large palm tree and the wild herbs. I color the last elements; the boat with desaturated hues (because it is far away and therefore does not need bright colors), birds, and seashells. To finish, I finalize the last details: I add the white wave of the waves in the water bordering the sand, at the bottom of the drawing.




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