Flames Fire Drawings
Copy these flames fire drawings to prove to yourself that you are capable of drawing anything you put your mind to.
Here is an outline of a campfire that is designed to simplify a normally complex subject.
Flame drawing would best be done in color but for the exercise of achieving a good resemblance, it does us good to practice in pencil for now.
When you learn how fires are built (see below), you also learn how to draw them in a way that tells a story.
What is Fire?
According to the dictionary, fire is flame, heat and light caused by something burning.
Substances burn in different ways.
Charcoal has a faint glow and heat is emitted.
Coal, gas, oil and wood have heat plus a flame. The color of the flame depends on the type of substance burning.
Did you know, if rags soaked in oil or paint are thrown into a pile in a shed, oxygen from the air slowly unites with the oil in the rags and
enough heat is accumulated to set the rags alight. That uniting process is called oxidation.
We know it as 'spontaneous combustion' and lots of fires happen this way. That's pretty scarey, hey?
Before a regular fire can be made, there must be fuel or a material that will burn.
Then that fuel must be heated to a kindling temperature, and, there must be plenty of oxygen.
Oxygen supply is usually taken from the air because air is about one-fifth oxygen.
Cavemen discovered a way to start fires with friction.
They whirled a stick in an indentation in another piece of wood or rock until a glow was produced.
They gently blew on the glow to give a supply of oxygen which in turn produced a flame.
It is possible to start a fire in this manner but we are pretty spoilt and have handy tools at our disposal now.
Matches were invented in 1827.
When the match tip was struck on a rough surface, the friction produced enough heat to ignite the match.
How To Start A Campfire
Ok, this is a drawing site, right? So why am I telling you how to start a fire? Well, I think it's fitting that you know everything if you want to draw them!
This information helps you format your flames fire drawings in a way that shows you are knowledgeable about your choice of topic.
At this stage, I avoid drawing sticks or tinder because of the level of difficulty and instead choose to have a circle of rocks. When I created these images, my drawing experience was only into its sixth month so I stayed within my capablilites.
To get a campfire going, you need tinder and kindling, then a heavier wood to keep it going.
Tinder would be dry grass, dead leaves, bark and tiny twigs.
Kindling is thin sticks about pencil thickness.
Put the tinder down first, then lay the kindling on top, going from the thinnest to the thickest pieces on top. Keep it in a loose pile so that air can circulate.
Put a lit match to the tinder close to the ground.
The tinder will flare up and once the kindling starts to burn well, gradually put larger sticks on top until you have the size of flames you want.
For anyone who loves to tinker with Photoshop, here is a tutorial for making flames drawings. (This link will open a new window.)
Are you going to try to produce some flames fire drawings with your pencil?
Flame art looks spectacular and makes an interesting talking piece once you hang your creation on the wall. Your home is your private art gallery so make the most of it.
To add coloring to your flames fire drawings, use oranges, reds and yellows and that will give good contrast to the flames. Enjoy!
Want to know where to go next? See:
An Art Quote
'Nothing is better than a good drawing.'
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