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Have you ever gone cloud watching? It is so peaceful to watch the cloud fly by; a highly underrated activity. If you haven’t been living inside a dark cave for years, you’ve probably seen clouds – every day! You’ve probably noticed how many different types of clouds there are too! From cumulus to stratus to cirrus etc, more on that later. Right now, we’re going to focus on the crowd favorite: how to draw a cumulus cloud. They are common, round, cute, not too big, and not too small. It’s a great cloud for beginners to practice their lines and hone their curves.
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About How To Draws
We specialize in very simple and easy drawing tutorials that young children can start their artistic journeys on. The best tutorial age range for our how-to-draws is from age 3 to 8. We focus on simple lines, easy shapes, and building strong foundations first. Turning a 3D object into 2D line art is not always easy; it takes practice especially when you are working with young children.
I use these how-to-draw tutorials for my own daughter every day. We start with one how-to-draw then I challenge her to create a variation so we can exercise her creativity. This is how she improves her pencil grip, hand-to-eye coordination, shape stacking, strokes, precision, and so so much more. Also, I would add practicing to read by following those step-by-step directions is helpful too…but she’s too young to read just yet! 🙂
🖍️ Tools For Success
- Paper (Our Free How To Draw Template PDF)
- Polymer Eraser
- Outline Markers
- Coloring Tools (I recommend Crayola’s 140 Piece Coloring Case)
🎨 Parents: The only tools you need to use these how-to-draw tutorials are: an eraser, a pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.
A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Draw Cloud
- We have always seen clouds in irregular shapes, every day. To start, we’re drawing an inverted semi-circle as the top or at the base of your cloud. You can draw a smaller semi-circle or a bigger one, depending on how you like it.
- Repeat this small quarter semi-circle over and over. A cloud has several curves so, let’s create more!
- At the right end of the semi-circle, draw smaller and bigger curves in no particular sequence until you reach the other end. The more irregularity, the better.
- Overall, clouds can be any shape you want. Our cloud is taller and rounder overall because I think cumulus clouds have the cutest shape!
- Make sure all the lines are connected together as you draw irregular semi-circles all the way around.
- Make sure to entirely closed the irregular semi-circles after connecting them to form one irregular long oval shape.
- Your cloud is almost done. Now that it is totally formed, color it with light blue or blend out background colors (because we often forget most clouds are actually white!)
DONE? NOW GET CREATIVE!
They are 7 OTHER major types of clouds besides cumulus (most well known, average in size, round, and cute):
- cirrocumulus (small and clustered)
- cirrus (wide like angel wings or splatter paint)
- stratus (single cloud, very long and flat)
- altocumulus (clustered but bigger than cirrocumulus)
- stratocumulus (looks like a foot-long submarine sandwich bread)
- altostratus (clustered of long thin clouds)
- and finally, the big boy cumulonimbus (clustered of big fluffy clouds.)
I recommend drawing them all because it is so fun! You can really screw up clouds and that’s my favorite thing about drawing clouds; just like cloud watching – it is so relaxing!
Interesting Facts about Clouds for Kids
- The average cumulus cloud can weigh over a million pounds. In a tiny part of the atmosphere, a vivacious thunderstorm can pack billions (if not trillions) of pounds of water.
- The highest clouds may reach a thickness of over 18 km.
- Did you know fog is actually a stratus type of cloud that is close to the ground?
- A cloud’s cotton like appearance makes them appear like all sorts of things, most of the time they look like cotton candy, but if you use your imagination a little you can see anything from a pirate to a vacuum cleaner…even faces! (Basically – go cloud watching! It’s fun!)
- You will reliably forecast the weather for only the next three hours by analyzing the action of the clouds.
- A massive cloud of alcohol is 10,000 light-years away from Earth. It is 1000 times greater than our solar system’s diameter and contains enough alcohol to fill 400 trillion pints.
- On any planet in the solar system, there are various kinds of clouds.
- Clouds that are white are just reflecting light from the sun; sometimes a iridescence appears as a result of the sun’s ray hitting the clouds just right to create other colors (like reddish hues.)
- On Venus, clouds are composed of droplets of sulfuric acid. They are so thick that they hardly allow any solar rays to get into them.
- There are some clouds made of ammonia on Saturn and Jupiter and clouds made of methane on Neptune and Uranus.
- At speeds over 150 km / h, clouds can travel.
- Clouds occupy about 67 percent of the atmosphere of the Earth at any given moment, according to NASA measurements.
- At an altitude of about 60 km, the largest, exceedingly unusual clouds form. They are so fragile that the naked eye can’t see them.
- A revolving rainbow, known as a “Pilot’s Halo” appears on the cloud bank around its shadow while an airplane is at a particular angle between the sun and a bank of clouds.
- Those clouds that look like fish scales (MAMMATUS clouds) are a pretty reliable indicator of a change in weather in the next 6-12 hours.
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