How to Draw a Fire

Easy, step by step Fire drawing tutorial
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Fire, flame, blaze, ember, inferno. The English language contains many words meaning "fire." There are even more so if you include words that describe the specific uses or types of fire - campfire, bonfire, forest fire, wild fire, torch, arson, back draft, or pyre.

In cultures around the world, fire has been used symbolically to indicate a range of events and emotions - from destruction to rebirth, and from pain to passion and purification. The mythological phoenix was said to vanish in the flames when old, only to emerge from the ashes reborn.

This drawing tutorial focuses on a specific type of fire - the campfire - but the skills learned in this easy, step-by-step drawing guide could be applied to any application in which you need to draw a flame.

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All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and colored pencils, markers, or crayons to color your finished drawing.

Each step of this drawing tutorial is accompanied by an illustration. In each illustration, new lines introduced in the current step are highlighted in blue. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. You may want to sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Star, Skull, and Heart.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Campfire

Fire drawing - step 1
How to Draw Fire: Step 1

Begin by drawing a rectangle.

Fire drawing - step 2
How to Draw Fire: Step 2

Within the rectangle, draw several lines extending from the center to the edges. The lines will resemble a starburst pattern, and some of the lines may meet in the middle to enclose triangles.

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Fire drawing - step 3
How to Draw Fire: Step 3

Erase the rectangle.

Fire drawing - step 4
How to Draw Fire: Step 4

At the end of each set of lines, draw a circle, an oval, or a curved line to connect the lines.

Fire drawing - step 5
How to Draw Fire: Step 5

Within each circle or oval, draw a spiral.

Fire drawing - step 6
How to Draw Fire: Step 6

Draw a half circle, open on the top, across the center of the starburst.

Fire drawing - step 7
How to Draw Fire: Step 7

Erase any guide lines that extend into the half circle.

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How to Draw Fire: Step 8

Draw a series of curving, loosely "S" shaped lines above the half circle, meeting in blunt points. These lines should enclose the figure.

Fire drawing - step 9
How to Draw Fire: Step 9

Between the curving tendrils of flame drawn in the previous step, draw more sets of curving lines that meet in blunt points.

Fire drawing - step 10
How to Draw Fire: Step 10

Extend another set of curving lines upwards, ending in a blunt point.

Fire drawing - step 11
How to Draw Fire: Step 11

Draw another set of curving lines, ending in a sharp point.

Fire drawing - step 12
How to Draw Fire: Step 12

Continue filling in the gaps between the flames. Draw another set of curving lines, ending in a blunt point.

Fire drawing - step 13
How to Draw Fire: Step 13

Draw sparks licking up from the flames. Do this by using two short, curved lines to enclose a shape, pointed on the top and bottom. Draw several such shapes above the flames.

Fire drawing - step 14
How to Draw Fire: Step 14

Erase guide lines from within the flames.

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How to Draw Fire: Step 15

Draw two more sets of flames using curved lines.

Fire drawing - step 16
How to Draw Fire: Step 16

Draw another log at the base of the fire. First, draw two parallel lines. Connect the lines on one end using an oval, and on the other end using a curved line.

Fire drawing - step 17
How to Draw Fire: Step 17

Erase guide lines from within the log.

Fire drawing - step 18
How to Draw Fire: Step 18

Add texture to the logs. Draw swirling lines, curved lines, and curved triangles to indicate bark on each log.

Fire drawing - step 19
How to Draw Fire: Step 19

Give your campfire some ground to stand on. Draw a long, straight horizon line passing behind the base of the fire. Then, draw several more short, straight lines parallel to the horizon to indicate the ground.

Fire drawing - step 20
How to Draw Fire: Step 20

Color your campfire. Flames may naturally range in color from blue and white to yellow, orange, and red.

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