How to Draw Fire Step by Step

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If you've been looking for tutorials on how to draw fire, you've come to the right place! I love drawing fire because it can be used to add emotion to my artwork. It can make a scene feel comfortable, or it can create horror! How to draw flames? Starting a fire can prove to be challenging, and fire drawings can be pretty tedious and difficult for many artists, even those who are very skilled. When I learned how to draw fire, I started with acrylic markers. 

For this tutorial, I used Grabie's 28-color acrylic marker set. Not only does this set of art markers come in many great colors, but these acrylic markers can easily cover any color and are suitable for depicting the various details of flames. However, as with most things, you must learn how to break down a topic into easy-to-understand steps.

Read everything you need to know about drawing of a fire as we break it down step by step—no need to wait. Let's jump right into our step-by-step guide! Remember to have fun and let your creativity flow! Ready to give it a try? Then let's create a fire!

List of Supplies:

Step 1. Lightly sketch the base from triangle and circle
If you've been familiar with any of our drawing tutorial blogs in the past, you'll know that we always start our sketches with so-called construction lines or guide lines. These lines make up most of the shapes we're drawing, like today's fire. For our flame sketch, I will firstly draw a circle, it will represent the base of the flame. Then draw an upward triangle on the horizontal diameter of the circle, the height of which is roughly the radii of the two circles. The triangle here is mainly used to modify the general shape of the fire in your heart.

Step 2. Erase the guidelines and turn straight lines into waves
You must erase the preliminary guidelines and keep the shape of the fire first. Next, try to convert rigid consecutive lines into random arcs. To do this, you want the lines to vary as randomly as possible. One reason for this may be because fire is so dynamic - it has no fixed shape or definition and is unpredictable, constantly changing, and reshaping.

Step 3. Add individual flames and complete the sketch
Before adding color to the fire drawing, I need to draw all the branches of the flames. I started by adding two small flames to the bottom of the fire to spread out to the sides. Then, sketch a smaller flare in the middle of the firebase for the lightest area. At this stage, I strive to insert as much detail as possible into a single flame. This helps me know where to put the different colors and where to transition between light and dark colors.

Step 4. Start shading the background of fire with orange color
Once finish the sketch, I start the coloring process with my orange shades first. All steps are relatively simple so far. You need to fill the whole shape of the fire as the background color.

Step 5. Add yellow color to the lightest areas of the drawing of fire
Start by painting the bottom center of the fire in step 3 all over yellow, representing the brightest part of the fire. Then use the same yellow color to add some separate flames with irregular wave strokes. If you've ever observed a burning flame, you'll find that there are flames that dance with the wind. I tried to make all my strokes rise in different directions to give the feeling that they were jumping towards the sky.

Step 6. Add red color to the middle layer of the flame
Fill the central area with a saturated orange along the edge of the yellow flame added in the previous step for the transition from orange to red. 

Step 7. Add the details and shades of the fire drawn
In this step, you first must paint a layer of red inward along the outline of the outermost orange layer. Then, to make the flame more realistic, we can draw a fire-shaped shadow behind the yellow flames with brown color. Finally, randomly add some mini flake lines in the upward direction of the flame with three colors to make it live!


Congratulations! You've learned how to draw fire. Thank you for joining the fire painting tutorial with us today. We hope you found this article insightful, entertaining, educational, and encouraging. Let us know how your ornaments turned out in the comments section of this article, and tag us on social media! Are you feeling inspired and want to create more paintings? Shop suggested painting set for your creation!

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  • Posted on by Julissa

    Thank you for sharing these techniques!😊

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