How to Draw a Beach Scene

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil

You can even put your creativity to use by drawing a beach scene. It can include a lot of things. For a basic representation, though, these instructions will guide you in making a simple, yet dynamic beach scene. This can be a summer exercise, or something creative to lift your spirits at any time of the year.

Draw a horizontal line across the middle of the page. This is the horizon as it extends out over the water. Sketch a gently curving line lower down on the page, about a third of the way up from the bottom. This is the shoreline. The curves represent changes in the shape of the beach and presence of small rises in the sand.

Draw a line that splits into two squiggly lines and back to one line just above the shore. You can add more like this behind and or slightly offset to the side of the first one. These will be waves.

Add a pair of slightly curving lines that go upward on one end of the picture. These lines are the trunk of a palm tree. Next, outline the fronds of the palm tree, which extend outward from the top of the trunk. The frond outlines should look like a cluster of elongated, pointed ovals.

Add lines down the middle of the palm fronds, and draw a series of squiggly, jagged lines across each of them. Erase the sharp edges drawn in Step 3 that guided the outline of the palm fronds. Draw ragged lines in some places on the beach to show the contours of the sand.

Draw tiny dots and shading with the pencil to show detail in the breaking waves. You can add more lines throughout the ocean part to give it more detail.

Lightly draw a series of partial curves, starting just a little bit above the ocean surface to give a sense of distance. Near the top of the picture, in the sky, draw a line extending from the top of this line that angles slightly upward. Stop about halfway across and draw a straight line backward, at the very top of this. If you want to see both ends of the cloud, or give a better sense of limited coverage, you can also draw another set of partial curves going down the other side. The storm cloud should only cover a quarter to a third of the length of the page to avoid giving your scene a dark quality.

Draw in some lines to the part drawn in Step 6 for details in the cloud. Curved lines in the storm body are good, but at the storm top, make some shading and rough edges to denote the more diffuse cloud at its top. Add darker shading at the storm bottom and a series of slanted lines below it to denote a distant rain shower.

Now you have drawn a serene beach scene, complete with beautiful palm tree, dynamic ocean and a summertime thunderstorm in the distance.