Waterfalls – rivers that descend steeply, often from mountains – are among the most breathtaking landmarks on the planet. Some are small, while others are massive. Consider a few of the world’s most interesting waterfalls.
Niagara Falls in Canada is perhaps the most famous waterfall in the world. The three distinct waterfalls that comprise Niagara Falls straddle the border between the United States and Canada. Horseshoe Falls, with its Maid of the Mist boat ride, lies on the Canadian side while the American and Bridal Veil Falls are located in the state of New York. This waterfall is 188 feet high and nearly 3,500 feet wide.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the tallest waterfall in the world, cascading an amazing 3,200 feet. Angel Falls descends from a table-top mountain, a mountain with a flat top.
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The Damajagua Cascades, also called 27 Charcos or 27 Waterfalls, is located in the Dominican Republic. This series of 27 small waterfalls provides tourists with a natural water park. Equipped with helmets, life jackets, and local guides, visitors climb, slip, slide and jump down the falls, some of which are 40 feet in height.
Would you like to draw your own waterfall landscape? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step waterfall drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints on hand, you can use these to shade your finished drawing.
In each step, you will either add or remove lines from your drawing. You will be shown a detailed illustration along with explanatory text. An instructional video is also available.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Waterfall
1. Begin by drawing a long, curved line resembling a backwards letter “L.” This line forms one of the rock faces from which your waterfall flows.
2. Draw a short, curved line extending from the top of the rock face. Then, from this line, draw a long, curved line. You have just outlined the water flowing over your waterfall.
3. Add the detail and texture of flowing water to the waterfall. Draw long and short curved lines of various sizes down the length of the waterfall. At the bottom of the waterfall, draw a number of wavy, curved lines in a circular pattern. These lines indicate the turbulence that occurs when the rushing water meets the rocks at the bottom of the falls.
4. Draw some boulders at the bottom of the falls. For each boulder, enclose an irregular shape using a curved line.
5. Erase guide lines as needed.
6. Plants like to grow in the moist area at the bottom of a waterfall. Draw them! First, use a series of many small, connected, “U” shaped lines to outline the shrubbery. Notice how the outline of the shrub is not just round, but curving and wavy. Then, texture the bush by draw series of curved, connected, “U” shaped lines within its interior.
7. Draw the rock face on the opposite side of the waterfall using several long, connected, curved lines.
8. Draw more splashes and ripples at the bottom of the falls. Draw a wavy line to indicate the turbulence at the bottom, and draw more wavy lines around the circular lines drawn in previous steps. Enclose several teardrop shapes, indicating splashes extending outward from the falls.
9. Add the final details to your landscape. Draw a long, curved line at the top of the falls, and include additional teardrop shapes along its length. Draw jagged, wavy lines along the rock face to give it a rough texture.
10. Color your waterfall.
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