How to Draw Foam

Learning how to draw foam is a skill set that many artists struggle with. This is especially the case when it comes to drawing the sea and creating realistic foam that often sits on the top of the waves. 

There are several steps involved in helping you to achieve this which are listed below. You can implement these steps into your art and develop the skill of how to draw sea foam that looks realistic. 

How to Draw Foam

When you look at pictures or videos of the ocean, one of the elements that may be missing from your pictures is the sea foam. This is especially the case when it comes to drawing a crashing wave. 

So, start by looking online at pictures of waves that are crashing and notice how the foam looks. You can then use an eraser and pencil to start incorporating these foam elements into your drawings. 

When you start to draw foam on a wave, there should be shadow elements within the foam. This can be added by using a pencil and eraser to create shade. 

In addition to this, you can implement white pencils to create the bubbly foam effect. 

You may also want to consider the foam interacting with rocks or the shore. Oftentimes, the foam will remain on the rock or seabed while the rest of the water draws back out to sea. 

The chain-link drawing method can be implemented when drawing foam from a wave. This can be achieved by using cross-hatching.

It’s best if the cross-hatched lines are outlined so that the foam stands out. However, you also want to make sure that you use soft edges otherwise the foam will look unnatural. 

Furthermore, you’ll want to separate your cross-hatching shapes spread across the wave or the surface that the foam is meant to be on. 

Adding bubbles to the foam is the easier part. This can be done by drawing mini clouds throughout your cross-hatched sections. 

Try to avoid drawing in even circles are this can make the foam look unrealistic. Instead, use a white pencil to create tiny white circles that gently join together. 

When it comes to drawing crashing waves, you can use a white pencil to create small sections of foam in the air that have splashed up. 

Also read: How to Draw Caricatures Fast


So, that concludes our post on how to draw foam. Make sure to draw inspiration from the ocean by studying pictures. You can also look at other people’s artwork to notice how they’ve creates the foam effect. 

The more you practice the methods on how to draw foam mentioned above, the better you’ll become at drawing foam. We hope that the methods in this post have been useful in helping you to feel more confident about including foam in your drawings. 

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