How to Draw a Sand Castle

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How to Draw a Sand Castle
Drawing a sand castle from life may present difficulties for an artist. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Sand castles have always been one of the highlights of a child's trip to the beach. Making a basic sand castle is easy enough, but they are ephemeral structures, and any artist will need to work quickly when drawing a sand castle from life. Another option for an artist is to draw a sand castle from a photograph, although it won't be as stimulating a challenge. This tutorial describes how to draw a sand castle with a very simple structure.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Image of a sand castle

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  1. 1

    Begin with a sketch of the outline of the sand castle. The process should be the same if you are planning to draw more than one sand castle, as sand castles will normally consist of the same shape and size.

  2. 2

    Use your pencil to trace over the sketched outlines more thickly. Begin from the bottom of the sand castle and work upwards. Draw a vertical line that slants inward at the top.

  3. 3

    Add a thin, disk shape to the top of the vertical line. The disk will represent the summit of the sand castle, and this will be the most important part of your drawing to portray accurately.

  4. 4

    Connect the other side of the sand castle to the disk through another vertical line. Work down to the bottom of the sand castle. This line should slant outwards at the bottom.

  5. 5

    Draw a line that curves outwards at the bottom of the second vertical line. Connect both sides of the sand castle with this curved line. This will form the sand castle's base.

  6. 6

    Shade the sand castle in, working upwards from the bottom. Shade in the sand castle with the lightest shades first, and gradually add darker shades. Study how light reflects off the sand castle, which will often give the impression of a slanted, vertical line running down from the top to the bottom.

Tips and warnings

  • The most important aspect of a sand castle, from an artist's perspective, is its shape. Because of time constraints, when attempting to draw a sand castle from life, practice sketching sand castles from photographs.
  • Don't make the sand castle drawing too elaborate. This is even more pertinent for artists who are drawing a sand castle from life for the first time. If too much time is spent on the drawing it could end up being just half finished.

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