How To Draw Flames

Yes, I admit. To draw flames may not be so easy. But after you see and learn some simple techniques I am showing here, you will draw whatever flames you like.

We are going to draw 2 simple pictures of flames.

First drawing is a small campfire that I made only by pencil and the second is a symbolic fire or symbolic flame drawing in color.

Actually the second one is quite popular.

You can find similar paintings on cars and motorbikes.

It may symbolize heat and speed. It’s a kind of cartoon expression anyway.

You are going to love this!

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Let’s take a closer look at this picture. Maybe someone told you that to draw flames of a campfire is difficult.


Today, you are going to have your own perfect campfire drawing!

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Draw an ellipse. Ellipse represents the size of the flames or fire. Into the same ellipse, draw a couple of flames.

Yes, I know, now these “flames” look rather like seaweeds but just keep on drawing and follow my instructions.

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Hold your pencil tilted and draw some shade into the flames.

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Here you can add - draw more flames into the picture so it will look more realistic.

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Draw again more flames especially on the bottom the fire. Do this work by holding your pencil tilted.

When you draw flames by pencil, it is good to draw the fire darker in the bottom and lighter towards the top.

I encourage you to use your fantasy and add as many flames as you feel necessary.

Now make some sharper rough pencil contours of each flame. Draw it like a quick sketch.

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Let’s sketch - outline some firewood under the flames. The shapes and size of the wood doesn’t really matter much, play with it, and use your fantasy.

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Work out the firewood so that it looks like a wood. Erase the ellipse remaining from initial drawing.

Now you are ready to add this fire a little realistic look. A campfire is supposed to be enjoyed at night, so the surroundings are also supposed to be dark.

By slightly tilted pencil, draw a circle of light around the flames, first only by very weak pencil strokes.

Direction of pencil strokes should be oriented out of the fire.

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Now just draw more pencil strokes over the previous layer and gradually darken the outer part of the picture.

Good ! Now, you have not only learned ho to draw flames but also how to draw a campfire at night.

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These types of flames are quite trendy among car and motorbike lovers. Actually these flames are much easier to draw than the previous campfire flames.

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Again, draw an ellipse. This ellipse is a guideline or guide-ellipse into which you are going to draw the flames.

Hold your pencil tilted and begin to draw simple wider lines as you see on the picture.

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Just draw flames - draw more branches on the main flame legs that would fit into the ellipse. You need not to exactly copy my drawing, but rather try to draw your own fantasy.

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Here you are going to decide the final shape and width of each flame. Simply draw the outline contours in similar fashion as on this picture.

Experiment also with your own creativity if possible.

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Gently erase the whole drawing, but not completely. Leave very weak outlines of the flames.

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Now, take a red pencil and draw flames again over the formerly erased contours. After you are done, erase all the rest of the pencil lines.

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Draw the lower half of flames in yellow.

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The tip of the flames will be in red. Enlarge the picture to see how the red gradually fades into the yellow.

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Now your drawing looks like real hot flames! You can finish your flames drawing at this point or…

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….draw a black pencil contour accent around the flames.

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One Flaw 
Very, very nice drawing, but the first technique simply doesn't work when drawing smaller fires, i.e. embers.

it is okay 
I found it hard to draw for my history homework. Miss said it was okay my flame. :)

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Looks very simple, which is a good thing. Thank you

wow this is awesome! 
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I am the one who originated that flame in high school in 1971.

:| Eh... 
Not the best help.... Found it a bit hard.

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shishir sarathe 
Really it is so help ful for those who try...

It's cool it helped me out a lot For the day of the dead artwork

Burning building 
I also think u should draw a burning building. Thanks it will help me out a lot

:-( hard 
I found it hard. Jay ACT Turner

I'm 12 
I'm 12 with a real passion for art. The problem is, i always think everything I draw is stupid while everyone else says its great. But this, instead, made …

i drew it ... n it looked amazing!! jus love it <3

hi i am 11 and i love drawing i think it was really easy to follow with the step of the drawing thanks

The best! 
best tutorial iv'e ever seen!!

House on Fire 
I went to this sight to learn how to draw a house on fire, but it's not, here, so could you please show me how to do that? Besides, this is a really good …

You should have a drawing of iceicles or ice shards.I do like the flames.

thank you 
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Amazing Flames 
Really helped with ideas for my art GCSE exam.

i needed flames for my school project and with these flames i think im going to get an A+.


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good stuff 
I think that you are a good artst. I love your style. Its soo daring. Mine is messy......... Hehe!!!

My flames used to be all messed up if I drew them but now they turn out pretty good. Instead of using pencil for the first one, I used color pencil. I …

thank you 
Thank you easy-drawings-and-sketches for teaching how to draw I really appreciated it you guys help me find my new passion drawing so I really appreciate …

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Novice, for sure! 
I am a novice, for sure. My first pictured flames came out way to skinny. I'm surely going to have to practice, practice, practice!!!! Perhaps I …

spirit guides 
Perfect the first picture is just what Im looking for! Step by step instructions look easy to follow, can't wait to get started! You have given the inspiration …

It was easy to draw I hope everyone else can! ;) ;) ;) ;)

I think the fire drawing is really good. I think the first one, I like better because it was blazing over the wood, almost like a REAL campfire!

fires epic 
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cool bananas! 
wow, i have never thought of making flames like that and in just a phew simple ways. man you are the best for showing me this, and gotta say im impressed. …

oh my gosh those pictures are amazing i never thought about doing flames that way and having them fade was really cool you are very artistic

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i think the first one would look real sweet with some sparks

Good Advice 
This really helped me make a card with a picture of sunglasses w/ flames on them. This simple method is easy to master, but it makes you look like you …


Anything new soon?! 
i used to draw most of everything on here, and now it is just the old stuff, i would like to see something new this time! plz someone who created this …

Makes it sooo much easier for beginners like me. Thanks!

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i have made flames that look alot better than this, but yours are very good :)

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Cool flames 123 
I think it is cool but I have made better than that .

a little bit plain 
i think it didn't have a enough detail on it at all but who ever made it is a excellent artist it was cool and a little bit easier than the dragon i …

I think your website is cool, but i like Burger King better:)

my 8th grade teacher showed an easer way  
well he told us from the edge (the outer part of the drawing) to go from dark to light to make a shadow effect making all dark lines disapear n fade in …

I love drawing everything, its a good way to express myself.

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Love it! Tutorial totally saved my homework... thanks!I was completely clueless about how to draw flames because when I did, it was a nightmare for a year! …

Ofle I can drawl better

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Love it! Tutorial totally saved my homework... thanks!

Thank you so much! i usually draw/paint things by looking at them, but fire moves around way too much. I used the first few steps of the first drawing …

So helpful!! 
Who knew drawing flames could be so easy? This step-by-step thingy was soo helpful! I'm drawing flames for this school project, and previously, they did …

Love this website!! 
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I was completly clueless about how to draw flames because when I did, it was a nightmare for a year! Thank you so much, you,ve helped me a great deal. …

the first flames were really hard to do when i drew them they looked clustered and cramped any tips??

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the flames 
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I think these designs are great!! But I also think the should have more excitement in them....What do you think?

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Mrs. Rocío Incera, working for Childrens Museum, In Mexico. 
I believe your sketches are fantastic. May I use some of them, with your credit? Thank you! rín

this stuff is toooooo hard for kids! 
this is called easy drawing so it should be easy drawing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was wondering how you would shade in the flames. It's simple when drawing the outline of the flames but when it comes to black and white, how do I know …

Amazing Flames 
Really helped with ideas for my art GCSE exam.


someone call the firefighter 
man, drew this one so good man hands on fire. i thought there was a fire on my paper ias trying to put it out but i forgot i drew it, it looked real BA$$ …

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cool story broskie 
Was cool.

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Flame on 
Im really going to try it!

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It help 
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first flame 
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I think that the heart is wounderful but when people try to draw it you can't really see it.

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epic ked 
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these dont look like falmes 
these dont look like falmes they lookmore like seweed


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Totally AWESOME! 
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firey flame 
i think its the same

just a question. trying to help you out little!!! PLEASE help me!!!! 
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so cool to drawing 
it is bery good idea to do you own flames

i like the second drawing its pretty easy to do either way. i really like the first drawing to but it doesnt have enough directions. from one picture it …

i thought it was awesome 
i thought this picture was awesome and it did help myself and my friends. It looks awesome

Awesome Fames 
These very cool hard to draw but my own flames are cool to

1st drawing 
I have drawn the first fire only.... But it really helped me understand HOW to draw it, if you just gave me the full picture I wouldn't be able to draw …

I am Miss Rexy 
Thanks, I got roped into donating my graphic degree to the local H.S. They are the Lodi Flames. This was for my neigbors drill team to be hung during pep …

that was way to hard to draw for begginers my sister tryed drawing it and she is 16 i think that is way to hard to draw and you may need to make the drawing …

the flames 
Hi, I'm a kid and i thought this was really easy. Having been good at drawing from the start the steps were very easy for me. Thanks.

I liked your pictures very much. You helped me a lot. Thank you.

Cool Flames 
I'm an artist who has been drawing flames since 1988. But you just taught me something!! Really nice flames. Thx

The drawings are awesome. Basic to the point for those who aren't familiar with drawing flames. They give you the guidelines that you as an artist can …

did nott help me at all, i still suck at drawing flames!!!!

Your flames are amazing! Keep up the good work!!! :)

Im 11 and im doing a project for school (a page on attacking castles) and the fire looks absolutly amazing ! I used the top drawing and coloured it in …

i didnt know flames were easy to draw after all. (:

the flame is so hot its on fire

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Hello ! I Draw Flames a lot and heres some tips : use a sharp pencil , do not use pens until the end , if you want your flames colored use sharp color …

Return of da dead 
ummm looks more like seaweed X(

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i think flames should be in all red yellow and blue some times its green try to add more color to your flames check out my web site at …

Bob Saget 
Awesome, Just what I was looking for!

It's very good!

These are bad and good

this is really good and it was very useful you should make more i could really use the help

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need more 
i think you need a little bit more pictures

skull fire  
i think they are cool

a fire 
OMG it was really sik i traced it over on ma com (dont tell any1 ) plzzz and it looks really real !!! lol

FLAMES IN A PAGEANT the pix..use themed as a prop for a pageant on a power wheels..

Awsome job 
I think you did a great job and thers not need of change.

Good ! Now, you have not only learned ho to draw flames but also how to draw a campfire at night. it suppose to be how to draw notho to draw

broken heart on fire 
i think well thats good but u should like add more details for example u should add a heart and with a ribbon in the the middle that say i love u on the …

i couldn't get the effect u needed for the flames on the first one so I smudged it with my finger....i use that quite allot when i'm drawing. GREAT SITE … 

i really like this page , thanks a lot for your efforts :)

what to Think 
I think this page is not very helpful there is too much detail in the pictures and i can't see what to draw.

just a comment 
This will going to be helpful and useful to those who want to learn how to draw and for the art lovers like me. Keep it up. May you teach us more.

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