How to Draw a Sunrise

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"Sunrise, sunset. Sunrise, sunset. Swiftly fly the years, one season following another, laden with happiness and tears."
- "Sunrise, Sunset," song from Fiddler on the Roof

Would you like to learn how to draw a beautiful cartoon sunrise? You can learn how to draw a sunrise over the mountains with the aid of this landscape drawing tutorial.

Sunrise, also called dawn or sunup, describes the daily appearance of the sun above Earth's horizon.

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The sky changes from its night time darkness and stars, displaying fiery colors before settling into a daytime blue. Due to the Earth's rotation, the sun always rises in the east and sets in the west.

The time of sunrise is predictable throughout the year. Near the Earth's equator, day and night are of equal lengths. In other parts of the globe, the days grow longer in the summer and shorter in the winter. Sunrise, therefore, shifts by a few minutes each day.

In many ways, sunrise resembles sunset, also called sundown. Light from the sun - light which normally gives the sky a blue tint - is bent in unique ways during these phenomena.

The colors of light with longer wavelengths, especially red, orange, and pink, are most evident at sunrise and sunset.

The concept of sunrise is often used symbolically for beginnings - births, political or social revolutions, or the launch of a business. Similarly, sunsets are used as a metaphor for endings - periods of time, old age, and death.

If drawing marks a new beginning for you, sharpen your pencils and mark the sunrise of your skills!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Night Sky, Sunset, and Lake.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Sunrise

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How to Draw a Great Looking Sunrise for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

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1. Begin by drawing a curved line to outline the first of the mountains.

Easy Sunrise Drawing - Step 2

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2. Next, draw a river running alongside the mountain. Use two long curved lines that follow a relatively parallel path.

Easy Sunrise Drawing - Step 3

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3. Texture the water of the river, giving it ripples using curved lines.

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4. Draw a second mountain using a long curved line.

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5. Here comes the sun! Draw it, using a long curved line to enclose a semi-circle between the two mountains.

Easy Sunrise Drawing - Step 6

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6. Draw the rays of the sun. Use a series of curved lines that are connected at outward-facing points.

Easy Sunrise Drawing - Step 7

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7. Draw a tree near the bottom of the picture, erasing as necessary. Outline the trunk and branches using pairs of lines. Then, use a series of short, connected curved lines to enclose the cloudlike leafy crown.

Add More Details to Your Sunrise Picture - Step 8

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8. Draw a cloud in the sky. Use a straight, horizontal line for the bottom of the cloud, and short, connected curved lines to form its top.

Complete the Outline of Your Sunrise Drawing - Step 9

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9. Draw a second cloud, outlining the shape using a series of curved lines.

Color Your Sunrise Drawing

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Color your cartoon sunrise landscape. Sunrises often foster beautiful colors in the sky, including reds, pinks, purples, and oranges.

For more great Landscape drawing tutorials, see the 31 Easy Landscape Art Projects for Kids post.

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