Drawing a basic wave The importance of perspective Various scenes Different types of waves Add surfers Drawing a basic wave
Remember, there are millions of ways to draw a wave and hopefully with these simple pointers you’ll find a million more. So, have fun.
I really liked your wave. I’ve never been able to draw one before 🙂
Add an extra line running parallel and below the curl line to define the thickness of the lip.
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This surf art tutorial, kindly donated by surfing comic strip illustrator and surf artist Bob Penuelas covers how to draw a wave the Wilbur Kookmeyer way!
Like this tutorial? Then check out the Roxy Jam painting, Damian Fulton and Grisaille & glazing colour tutorials too…
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Additional variations can be achieved just by moving the horizon line high or low and by moving the vanishing point right or left. Give it a try, experiment.
The surfing comic strip ‘Wilbur Kookmeyer’ was created by Bob Penuelas in 1986 as a two-page feature in Surfer Magazine. Over the years Wilbur has gained a sort of cult following in the surfing community and has become the unofficial mascot of the surfing subculture.
Avoid drawing a peak by merely attaching two mirror image waves together. The right and the left are the same yet they are drawn differently.
Tips… Don’t get caught up trying to draw every foam bubble, you’ll go nuts. Using a sharp eraser, keep a defined white line under the lip so it looks separate from the wave face. Add white highlights on the lip with your eraser to give it sparkle.
The importance of perspective
Add the rest of the flow lines. Gradually make each flow line less steep as you move away from the curl, to show the tapered shoulder. Continue the flow lines into the tube to show hollowness.
Move the vanishing point to the right and more of the face becomes visible.
dd shading on the wave face with smaller contour lines. Gradually make the lines darker as you get further into the tube. Use crosshatching to add more depth. Lightly shade foam and base of the wave. Maybe shade the sky a little, too.
Don’t forget about hollow waves, freight-trains, slow churning or paper-thin waves. The possibilities are endless.
I love it! I can paint a wave but drawing it is more difficult! Thanks.
Next draw the “C” shaped lines under one side of the crest to make the face of the wave curve.
Sketch in the basic shape of the curl, spray, foam and base of the wave.
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Don’t forget to add surfers to your waves, whether you draw them regular or goofy foot, backside or frontside, you soon realise that there are endless combinations. See the three sketches below…
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A high horizon line with two vanishing points off to the right and left and it appears as though you’re viewing the wave from a pier, looking down on the wave.
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Today Im going to teach you how to draw a simple wave. All you need is a piece of paper, a pen or pencil, and some colored pencils (optional).
Then draw the white wash and foam crushing down on the water.
A view looking down the point can also be achieved by moving these ingredients around.
This is accomplished by moving the horizon line up and completely off the image. The two vanishing points are positioned way out to the right and left.
Add simplified spray with thin wispy lines. Add the foam explosion with a series of explosion lines getting bigger as they moving away. Maybe add a foam ball in the tube. Round off the foam at the base of the wave so it won’t look flat.
Now draw the top of the wave folding over by drawing a simple curved line.
A high horizon line and one vanishing point on the left and it’s as if your face is against the tube face and you’re racing for daylight.
The following illustrations and captions by Bob Penuelas take you through the basic steps of drawing a wave…
Is accomplished by placing the horizon line extremely low. Both vanishing points are located outside of the image border, one to the left and one to the right.
With perspective you can now create line-up scenes, with multiple waves. It could be a reef pass, a beach break or a point break Add land in the background or in the foreground to give the scene some depth. See the four sketches below…
Drawing a basic wave can be fun, but after a while it can get boring if you are merely following the same formula over and over again. The key to breaking out of this potential rut is achieved by drawing waves from different angles. There is only one way to successfully create a variety of angles and that is by using the basic principles of perspective. The two basic ingredients in perspective are the horizon line (your eye level) and the imaginary vanishing points. By merely changing the position of these ingredients in your image you’ll be amazed at the variety of waves you can create. See the two sketches below…
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Add a flow line starting at the lip and curve it around to suggest roundness of the liquid lip. Continue that same flow line around with a half oval down to the base of the wave to show the concave curve of the wave face.
If you’re like me, then you’ve probably spent a lot of time in high school class daydreaming and doodling a thousand perfect cartoon waves in your notebook. It’s safe to say that ninety percent of us surfers have a habit of scribbling perfect waves whenever a pencil is in our hands. Hopefully the following pointers will help you change your throw-away wave doodles into actual compelling artwork that you want to keep forever.
First, draw the crest of the wave; one line with a dip in it. Your wave can crash to the left (opposite of the one here) or into the middle (just draw the line with a dip in the middle).