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How to Paint Lightning

Updated July 20, 2017

Adding lightning to a dark painting adds a catching focal point. It's the first place the viewer will look. Lightning has white and tones of blues, reds and violets. For a greater effect, have the lightning reflect off water or glass buildings or have it light up the clouds.

Place an image of lightning where it can be easily viewed. Sketch out the lightning using a white pencil. Create irregular lines and have smaller bolts connected to the main bolts.

Apply white paint to the drawn bolts. Let dry.

Highlight by applying a little red, violet or blue over the bolts.

Apply a mixture of red, blue and an earthy brown around the palest parts of the lightning and at the horizon.

Place an image of lightning where it can be easily viewed. Sketch out the lightning using a white pencil. Create irregular lines and have smaller bolts connected to the main bolts.

Create a bursting effect by splattering paint at the top of the lightning. Create the splatters by flicking the paint brush with white gouache.

Create smaller splatters of paint at top by flicking paint off of a toothbrush. Let dry.

Highlight by applying a little red, violet or blue over the bolts.

Place an image of lightning where it can be easily viewed.

Spray on white bright using about 20.4 Kilogram of air pressure. Create irregular lines and have smaller bolts connected to the main bolts.

Apply a blue, violet or purple colour and spray over the centre of the white.

Repeat the process but with a tighter line by holding the air gun closer to the painting.

Tip

Create a scene that will include reflections in water along with emphasising glows in the clouds and horizon.

Things You'll Need

  • Image of lightning
  • Painting with a dark background
  • White, red, blue and violet paint
  • Brushes
  • Airbrush
  • White Pencil
  • Toothbrush
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Based in southern Florida, Joy Campbell has been professionally writing since 2009. She is the author of "Journal of Ideas: Volume One." Campbell holds a Master of Education with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.