How to Draw A Desert

by Anvika aryaDecember 30, 2022
Desert Drawing

How to Draw A Desert. Our planet is full of amazing environments, sights, and sounds. From ice fields to jungles and lush savannas, there are many amazing natural attractions to admire.

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Deserts are such amazing places, and they have a duality in that they can be stunningly beautiful but also dangerous to survive in. Their beauty has made them popular for depiction in art and learning how to draw a desert can be very rewarding.

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How to Draw A Desert

Step 1

Drawing an entire desert can seem intimidating, but we're making it easier by going section by section in this desert drawing guide.

For this first step, let's focus on the horizon line and the blazing sun over the desert. For the horizon line, we use curved lines to represent the dunes in the desert.

Near the right side of the desert is a line that's sharper than the others to show how the wind has blown the sand at an angle.

Then you can complete it by drawing a circle for a rising (or setting) sunlight over the desert. When these parts are all drawn, we can proceed to step 2.

Step 2

Now that you have the outline for your desert drawing, we can start adding some details in this step.

Our main focus is adding rounded, curved lines from the horizon line and below.

The reference image shows you how to place these lines for the realistic placement of these dunes.

Step 3

This dessert is already looking good! We will continue to add it in this step of our guide on how to draw a desert.

To do this, we're mainly going to use a few more lines to extend what you drew in the previous step further down the image.

If you have a big sheet of paper, you can stretch it out further and draw more dunes using what you've learned to create an even bigger dessert!

For the next steps, we will leave the dunes and focus on the sky above the desert.

Step 4

The skies over a desert are often a sight to behold as the sun beats down the swirling sands and heat waves loom.

We'll draw this amazing skyline in this part of your desert drawing. To do this, we'll draw layers of curvy lines across the desert.

The curved lines we use for the sky are very different from the ones you drew for the dunes, as they are a bit flatter.

These lines may look simple, but they create an incredible desert backdrop. They'll look especially nice after we've colored them in the last step, but we need to add some final details in the next step.

Step 5

In this step of our how-to draw a desert guide, we will finish with some final details.

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We will add some flying birds to the left of the sun, and this simple detail helps create an atmospheric scene for the image.

So, with those birds added, you've completed the steps of this guide! You don't have to stop there, as you can add the finishing touches.

There are many options you can choose from! You could change the weather, add a sandstorm, or pull some intrepid camels across the desert.

These are just a few ideas, but there are many possibilities with dessert! Make sure to get creative and have fun to see what happens.

Step 6

For this last part of your desert drawing, we will end up with some amazing colors for this amazing desert.

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Our reference image used a nice range of colors like yellow, orange, brown, and blue.

However, these are some colors you could choose, and you should feel free to use any colors you like in your design.

Then you can decide how to bring those colors to life! You can keep the colors bright with acrylic paint, crayons, or markers, keep them more muted with watercolors and crayons, or a mix of both.

It's all up to you, and we can't wait to see what amazing colors and artistic tools you use to bring this image to life.

Your Desert Drawing is Finished!

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