How to Draw a Water Fountain

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How to Draw a Water Fountain
Drawing on an angled flat surface allows an artist to focus on the subject of the drawing. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Drawing a water fountain begins by observing the shapes that make up the fountain. Most fountains are composed of several common shapes that are blended together to create the larger form that is the fountain. By breaking the drawing down into pieces, it becomes easier to make your drawing look like the fountain. Use an image of a fountain or sit near a fountain so that you have a good reference as you make the drawing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • White eraser

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  1. 1

    Place your drawing pad on a flat surface. Look at the fountain until you decide which angle or view of the fountain you want to capture. If you stand up, you may be looking down at the top of the fountain. If you sit low on the ground, you may be looking up at the bottom of the fountain. Each view will produce a different drawing.

  2. 2

    Look at the largest part of the fountain to see its underlying shape. Sketch the basic shape. Add to your first shape with the shape above and the shape below. Use simple lines, trying to approximate the right size and angle of the shape only. Continue layering your shapes until you have the basic composed shape of the entire fountain.

  3. 3

    Draw over the parts of each line that are visible in the foreground. This will allow you to see where each shape stops and starts from your viewing angle. Use the eraser to remove lines that are actually behind your view. Correct curves to make them as smooth and even as possible.

  4. 4

    Look at the details of the fountain and see those details as shapes. Use the same shape method to outline details on each part of the fountain. Make size corrections at this stage so that the details are the right size for your drawn fountain. Fill in all of the fountain details.

  5. 5

    Add the flow of water from the top of the fountain down. Use squiggly lines and V-shaped water sections to indicate how the water is falling and splashing. Erase some of the fountain details around the water falling, as if the fountain isn't completely visible.

  6. 6

    Fill in the fountain details adding shadows, texture and fine details like cracks pebbles, birds, etc. Add shadow under drops of water and sheets of water to add depth. Draw in the movement of the water and create highlights by erasing bright areas. Keep adding depth, shadow, dark and light lines until the fountain is fully realised.

Tips and warnings

  • Exterior drawings often look better when the background close to the object is sketched in enough to ground the object.

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