How to Draw a Picture of the Sun Rising Over the Sea

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How to Draw a Picture of the Sun Rising Over the Sea
The sun rising over the sea is a beautiful sight. (solent sunrise image by Studio Pookini from

When you draw a picture of a sunrise, you are presenting an event in nature that is awe-inspiring. The sun rising over the sea has an added display of wonder, displaying the rich colours of the depths beneath and the reflections of the morning sun. You can duplicate the sun rising over the sea with paper and pencil using some simple shapes.

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    Choose a sheet of drawing paper to the size you want your drawing to be. Locate a photo of a sunrise to duplicate. Choose a simple one that has definite shapes for your first attempt. For instance, choose one where the sun is a circle or half circle. Later you may want to attempt one where the sun is seen as a glow that reaches into the sky.

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    Select your pencils. If your drawing will be in colour, use the colours seen in your sunrise photo. Some colour examples could be melons, blues and yellows.

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    Draw the horizon line and shade in this block using the pencil colours that match your photo. Draw your sun reflection rendering first.

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    Draw the sun using a circle or semicircle that is intersected by the horizon. Shade in the sun using a light yellow pencil. You may want to leave parts or the entire circle white and define it by the background sky. Shade in your sky using melon or pale-blue coloured pencils to match your chosen photo.

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