Drawings of dust and smoke vary in opacity and size. Capture a small curl of smoke from the flame of a candle or billowing plumes of black from a raging fire.
Likewise, drawings of dust vary from small puffs of dirt blown up from from a feather duster to long trails of dust kicked up by the wheels of a car. When completing your drawing of smoke or dust, pay careful attention to lighting to properly capture the distinct appearance of your particular subject.
- Study your intended subject, observing size and shape.
- Lightly draw the outline of the area of smoke or dust that you intend to draw.
- Turn your pencil tip on its side and shade in light, circular motions to capture the blurry appearance of smoke and dust. Keep your shadows rounded and irregular, avoiding patterns.
- Apply pressure to your pencil to darken more opaque areas of your subject.
- For lighter areas, apply very little pressure to your pencil, creating soft, transparent smoke or dust.
If the smoke or dust that you draw is lit by a light source against a dark background, follow the same process but use your eraser, rather than a pencil, to draw it.
- If the smoke or dust that you draw is lit by a light source against a dark background, follow the same process but use your eraser, rather than a pencil, to draw it.