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How to Draw Clouds - Blocking In
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We begin by boldly shading the areas of darkest blue with a 2B pencil. The whitest areas of cloud are reserved (kept white) with the shading of the sky brought up to the edges. Areas which will be softer cirrus cloud are shaded over, as the cloud will be lifted off with an eraser. This paper, a hard, hotpressed watercolor paper, has a clearly visible grain. For a smoother surface, choose a softer paper, such as Stonehenge.
Perspective, Atmosphere and Sky