Drawing fire is sometimes difficult because fire doesn't have a solid shape or color. However, there are a few tricks you can use to make it easier. Try drawing one blazing fire first so you get used to using the right shape and color of the fire. Then, practice drawing bigger fires as you become more proficient.
Method 1 of 2: Draw One Flame
Step 1. Draw a water drop shape with wavy edges
First of all, draw the curved base of the water drop shape. Then, draw the tip emerging from the base. Curl the line leading up 1-2 times in increments, like a wave so that your drawing looks like a blazing fire. The wave will start around the top half of the water drop shape.
Step 2. Draw the shape of the second drop of water inside the first drop
Make it about half the size of the first drop of water, and position it so that the bottom almost touches the bottom of the first drop. Make the second drop of water bend like the first drop.
The second drop of water will give dimension to the fire. Then, you can color it to a different shade from the first drop of water so that they both appear to be smoldering at different intensities, just like real fire
Step 3. Add the third water drop shape inside the second water drop
Make it about half the size of the second water drop, and give it the same wave shape. Draw near the bottom of the second water drop so that the bottoms are almost touching.
Step 4. Color the water drop shape using red, orange, and yellow colors
Color the smallest drops of water yellow. Then, apply orange color to the second (middle) drop of water. Finally, give the largest drop of water a red color. You can use colored pencils, markers, or crayons.
Do you know?
The color of the fire gets brighter as the temperature gets hotter. Yellow flames are hotter than orange flames, and orange flames are hotter than red flames.
Step 5. Erase all the drawings made with the pencil
Removing the outline of the fire shape will make it look more realistic. Do not press the eraser too hard so as not to smudge the image. Once all the pencil lines are erased, your drawing is done!
Add candles and wicks to the fire if you want! Simply draw a thin vertical cylinder under the base of the flame (for the candle), and connect the top of the cylinder to the flame with a vertical line (for the wick)
Method 2 of 2: Draw a Big Fire
Step 1. Draw a vertical wave line
Start at the point where the base of the fire will be. Then, draw a vertical wave line pointing upwards. Stop when the line has reached the desired flame height. Give 2-3 waves on the line.
This is the start of one of your tails of fire
Step 2. Create the tip of the fire by drawing another wave line from the tip of the first wave
Start at the top end of the newly created wave line, and follow the curve of the line. As the line moves further away from the starting point, widen the distance between the two so that you create a thick wavy line. Spacing the thickest point about the length of the first wave line. Stop when you are about halfway up the fire. Line the second wave about half the length of the first wave.
Your fire will have some of these tails, and this is what will make the fire look like it's blazing and smoldering
Step 3. Repeat the process and increase the flame gradually
First, draw a vertical wave line going up that connects to your last stop point. Then, draw another wave line descending from the end of the previous wave line. After that, draw back the rising wave line from the end of the last line to create a new flame tail. Continue until you reach the desired midpoint of the flame.
Since the descending wave line is made half the length of the ascending wave line, the flame should get higher each time you add a new tail. This is what real fire looks like; Usually, the highest flames are in the middle and the shortest ones are at the ends
Step 4. Reverse the previous process to draw the other side of the fire
Once you've reached your desired midpoint (and high) of the flame, continue drawing the wavy tail, but make the descending wave lines longer than the rising ones. Draw a wavy line descending from your previous stop. Make it the same length as the previously created wave line. Then, draw an ascending wave line that is only half the length. Thus, the tail of the fire will appear to be getting lower and lower. Keep drawing new tails until you reach the bottom of the fire.
Try to have a uniform height and shape of the flame tail so that it doesn't completely resemble the tails on the opposite side. The fire will look more realistic because it is not symmetrical
Step 5. Draw a small flame outline inside the big fire
Follow along the curve of the outline you previously drew, and leave some distance between the two outlines. This second flame outline will add dimension to your fire image. Later you can also apply different colors so that they appear to glow at different temperatures.
Step 6. Add an even smaller outline inside the second flame outline
Do as before by following the curve of the second outline. Set aside some distance between your second and third fire. These additional outlines will give dimension to the fire and allow you to add a third color.
Step 7. Color the fire using red, orange, and yellow colors
First, color the outline of the smallest fire shape with yellow. Then, color the second flame orange. Finally, color the biggest fire red. You can color the fire using colored pencils, markers, or crayons.
If you don't have any of the above colors, just shadow the fire with a pencil. Fill the largest fire with the darkest shadow, the fire in the middle with the medium shadow, and the smallest fire with the lightest shadow.
Step 8. Erase all the pencil lines in the drawing
Once all the dark pencil lines are removed, your drawing will appear more realistic. Gently blot so that it doesn't smear the applied color. Once all the pencil lines are gone, your drawing is done!