How To Draw Ocean

How To Draw Ocean

Ocean drawing is a rewarding activity as it beautiful to behold, incredibly peaceful and calming to look at and also helps to develop your artistic skills. Drawing an ocean is easy and straightforward, regardless of your level of experience. All you need is a pencil, paper, and some imagination. You can make a realistic, beautiful ocean in just a few simple steps and by following the technique.

Step 1: Sketching Out the Basic Shape

First, begin by sketching out the basic shape of the ocean. You can draw squares, circles, or whatever shape appeals to you. Start with your pencil, then with a ruler draw short, straight lines from the top down. These will become the waves, so make sure that the lines are curved and somewhat irregular. Afterward, you can refine the lines with a darker pencil.

Step 2: Outlining the Details

You can start outlining the details of the ocean by deciding where the light is coming from and shading in the opposite direction of the light to give the ocean depth. A few details that really make the ocean come to life include a few scattered rocks, a distant boat or shoreline, and some shadows on the surface. You can also add a few small details around the waves, such as bubbles and splashes, to give it an ocean feel.

Step 3: Adding Color

Once you’ve outlined all the details, it’s time to start adding color. Begin by picking out your color palette. Start with a light blue for the main color of the ocean, then gradually add darker blues, purples, and greens. Then you can use a white pencil or marker to draw in some highlights along the waves and deeper in the ocean. Lastly, use a grey pencil to add in the little details, like small fish and seaweed.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Once you’ve finished adding color, it’s time to put the finishing touches on your ocean drawing. Begin by adding in some highlights around the waves and along the shoreline. You can also draw waves cresting and breaking along the shore. To make it look extra realistic, add a few seagulls in the sky. Lastly, you can use a white pencil or marker to draw some abstract shapes, like stars and hearts, in the water for an extra creative touch.


Drawing an ocean doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating. By starting with the basics and working up from there, you can create a beautiful, realistic ocean in just a few simple steps. It can be a great way to relax and work on your artistic skills at the same time. So grab your pencil and paper and start drawing your own majestic ocean!

Robert Ortiz is an artist who has been writing about art and design for over ten years. His writing focuses on the creative process of art, from the conceptual to the material, and highlights its importance in our daily lives. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has also attended other prestigious art schools like Savannah College of Art and Design. He has a passion for exploring the boundaries between fine art, design, commercial work, and technology. His work extends to social media campaigns, website development, magazine articles, video tutorials and more.

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