postheadericon How to Draw Ocean Waves

Two Methods:Stylized WavesAlternate MethodCommunity Q&A

Throwing a party with an under the sea theme? Trying to draw a background for a dolphin or mermaid? You’ve come to the right place–in this tutorial you will learn how to draw different kinds of ocean waves.

Method 1 Stylized Waves

How to Draw Ocean Waves

1 Draw two parallel lines and one circle. The lines should create a “road” that the circle is at one end of.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

2 Draw curved lines that intersect the parallel lines.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

3 Add curled lines roughly corresponding with the curved lines. The curled lines should be around the ends facing the circle.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

4 Connect the lines to create pointy tongues of water that curve up and around the circle.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

5 Add drops around the image.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

6 Erase excess lines.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

7 Color the drawing. Use many nuances of blue. Method 2 Alternate Method

How to Draw Ocean Waves

1 Draw two lines. The first one should be almost straight, but the one on the right should have some more curve to it.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

2 Add three curved lines. These will become the tops of waves.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

3 Draw three lines on the right wave to represent the current. Draw a line on the left wave to continue the top of the wave.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

4 Add more lines to represent the current. On top of the waves, draw squiggle lines for whitecaps.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

5 Add shading if desired.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

6 Erase unnecessary guidelines.

How to Draw Ocean Waves

7 Color the drawing.

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