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How to Draw Flames

You’ll get fired up about drawing when you master these simple techniques for sketching flames.


  • Step 1: Create framework Draw an ellipse the size you’ve determined for your finished flame drawing.
  • Step 2: Add primary flame Draw a tear-shape from the top of the ellipse to the base, centering it within the shape.
  • Step 3: Add flame spikes Create three or more flame spikes toward the top of the tear shape, making sure the center spike is tallest.
  • TIP: Flames are a dynamic force. Try to capture the feel of action by elongating the spikes.
  • Step 4: Add flame layers Duplicate the spikes just inside the original spike lines to add inner flames. Repeat the step to create three flame layers.
  • TIP: Stand-alone sparks coming off flame tips create a flicker effect.
  • Step 5: Erase guidelines and add shading Erase your guidelines and shade the flames near the bottom. Now, use your imagination to create some super hot images and designs.
  • FACT: Did you know? President John F. Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery is marked by an eternal flame.

You Will Need

  • A graphite pencil
  • Paper
  • An erase

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