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Cloud Drawing: Easy and Cute Cartoon Methods

Ready for another installment of easy, cute drawing ideas in a fun cartoon style (plus one semi-realistic technique)? Let’s learn how to do three different methods of cloud drawing! Buckle up your seatbelts for some fluffy artistic exploration.

As background, my name is Lillie, and I’m an artist and teacher who delights in explaining simple ways to do sketches that bring a smile to your face — from cute frog drawing to creative variations of the “and symbol.” Onward to cloud conversations…

Cloud drawing
Fun with cloud drawing!

Cloud Drawing Techniques

Method 1: Friendly

My illustration above shows the easiest method for how to draw a cloud in a cartoon style. Pull your pen in and out in connected “U” shapes to form the “body,” almost like the scales of our mermaid tail drawing (as opposed to the “V” shapes when we did the sea urchin drawing).

Next, add shading to show the three-dimensional nature of the cloud (as we did with our cute mushroom drawings to show depth). Ink in some sweet eyes and a smile if desired. Ta da! It’s a happy sky poof. Now let’s try one that’s a little less chipper…

Drawing a cloud
Drawing an angry storm cloud!

Method 2: Stormy

Sure, cheerful clouds are fun, but furious, rainy ones have their own delight! As you can see from my example illustration above, the key to sketching a storm cloud is the dark gray shading, and the rain and lightning behind it.

If you’re choosing to personify your cloud, I recommend an evilly gleeful smile. That stormy guy is really enjoying making the creatures below soaking wet! If you want to add in even more weather drama, pop over to my tutorial about drawing the wind to add extra gestural lines.

Drawing a sunset sky
Drawing or painting a sunset sky…

Method 3: Semi-Realistic Cloud Drawings

Though I prefer using a cartoon style of cute drawings, it’s a refreshing change to sometimes try more realistic methods — and the good news is that “realistic” doesn’t actually have to mean difficult. As you can see in my illustration above, cloud drawings can be done by just layering and smudging blotches of color, evoking a colorful sunset. Add some birds and a flare of sunlight, and you’re good to go!

VIDEO: How to Draw Clouds

https://youtu.be/oN3tpnu3kaw
See a video of my drawing process here.

“Both Sides Now”

If I may digress a bit from art to philosophy and music (perhaps inspired by my recent treble clef drawing), I feel that no discussion of clouds is complete without a quotation from the gorgeous Joni Mitchell song, “Both Sides Now.” The songwriter sings: “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow, it’s cloud illusions I recall. I really don’t know clouds at all.”

To me, this song meshes perfectly with this discussion of how to draw clouds — and also gives important life ideas. The lyrics are saying that we can examine and try to draw and capture clouds (or anything in life) for years, but ultimately there is so much more to it that we will never be able to adequately understand or convey. It’s actually a lovely sentiment; there is always much more depth to explore in anything!

Cloud Drawing in Sum

I hope this tutorial has helped you learn different ways to do cloud drawings — from a fun cartoon style, to a simple semi-realistic one. What would you like me to explain how to sketch next? Do share!

Want more? Check out these creative drawings, cute snail drawing, drawing prompts, and easy octopus drawing.