How to draw a sunset
Have you ever dreamed of sketching the golden hour? Discover our beginner's step-by-step guide on how to draw stunning sunset scenery quickly.
Watching a sunset is like listening to heavenly music. But are you able to draw the sun setting on the horizon?
If you're one of those who can't even draw a straight line, don't despair. We'll help you through your first sunset drawing experience.
You can use colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, crayons, or acrylic paint, or start with a simple thin graphite pencil.
Are you ready to start drawing a good-looking sunset on the beach and/or over the ocean?
Whether you're an experienced artist or a beginner, this tutorial is perfect for you.
So grab a pencil and some paper, and let's get started. It's easy. Let's do it.
- Drawing paper (Stonehenge paper, illustration board, suede board, mat board, or A4 printing paper)
- Graphite pencil
- Kneaded eraser
- Colored pencil set
- Blank white canvas
- Fine permanent marker
- Crayons, oil pastels, acrylic paint, or watercolor paint (aquarelle)
- Round, flat, and fan brushes
Here's how to draw a beautiful, striking sunset.
Draw a straight, horizontal horizon line, from left to right, more or less in the center of the drawing paper - if needed, use a ruler;
Start adding a bumpy mountain valley on one side of the picture, converging to the middle of the horizon line;
Draw a similar curved valley on the opposite side of your drawing;
Draw a circle representing the sun, starting on one side of the mountain valley and ending on the other side;
Draw a series of zigzag lines below the sun to represent its reflection on the ocean;
Start drawing a palm tree emerging from one side of the valley into the sun's circle;
Draw a few M-shaped sunset birds in the sky flying across the yellow dwarf star;
Add a few wavy lines at an angle across the water to indicate waves;
Draw a couple of curved lines at an angle across the sea to illustrate ocean waves;
Color the sunset drawing with yellow, orange, pink, and purple tones, and add bluish hues to the water;