If you're new to art, drawing silhouettes on a beach is a great way to get started drawing romantic sketches. Ideally, there should be a glorious sunset in the background and the scene should be rendered in full colour. Drawing a colourful romantic sketch is helpful if you're still getting used to working with coloured pencils or pastels. Learning to depict sand, sea and sky are very much dependent on learning which colours to use and how to combine them.
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Things you need
- Quality drawing paper
- Colored pencils or pastels
- Art projector or light box (optional)
Map out the basic outline of your sketch in graphite pencil. If you're uncertain of your drawing skills or want to increase the accuracy and speed of your drawing, trace your source image over a light box or use an art projector.
Colour in the silhouettes lightly and any other very dark areas of your romantic sketch in black pencil or pastel.
Darken the silhouettes with your black pencil or pastel. If you're using coloured pencil, it will take some time to darken them fully. Continue cross hatching and apply firm pressure to the pencil. Then fill in any obvious areas of white paper which is showing through the pencil. Blow away any pencil crumbs. Use a kneaded eraser to erase any smudges of black which have got on the white paper.
Fill in the brightest areas of the sunset. Match colours as closely as possible. You have some leeway here. Start with a reddish colour such as crimson lake, magenta or burnt orange for the colour closest to the horizon. Then begin to fill in yellow ochre just above the reddish hues. Use burnt umber and burnt ochre to represent shadows in the sky. Continue filling in yellow ochre around the edges of the picture, but leave an area bright white behind the lovers to create a halo around their heads.
Begin filling in the sand texture in the background. Start by working in the shadows with raw umber. Lightly shade in some raw umber in the lightest areas of the sand.
Work in some yellow ochre in the sand area. This should be almost uniform, but you may colour more densely in the shadows in the sand.
Colour burnt ochre into the shadows in the sand. Darken the yellow ochre in the sky, and then colour a canary yellow over all the sky area which is above the reddish hues on the horizon.
Tips and warnings
- Take breaks to stretch your spine and flex your hand when doing intensive drawing work.
- Make sure that you represent diffuse shading and sharp edges properly, as this directly affects the dimensionality of your finished sketch.