How To Paint A Stormy Sky

10 Amazing (and Easy!) Tutorials

Introduction

Painting a clear sky is quite easy. You apply blue paint, add in a few variants of blue for shades, and throw in some white clouds. However, in order to paint a stormy sky, you’ll have to do a lot more. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t get myself to like what I had painted on the canvas in the name of a stormy sky. And then I came across some amazing tutorials that helped a great deal in this regard.

You can paint a stormy sky by ensuring three key elements in your painting. This was something I learnt while searching for answers and tutorials on how to paint a stormy sky. These three things are depth, color gradients and shades, and lastly, structure of the drawing. By ensuring all or most of these elements, you can create a wonderful painting of a stormy sky.

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The Storm Approaches

The Storm Approaches

This painting is the visual portrayal of the phrase, “calm before the storm.” It shows how the sky’s getting all cloudy and dark, showing signs of the storm that’s about to come our way. Chuck did an amazing job in painting such a realistic artwork. You can feel the cold wind running past you just by looking at this painting. Truly a fascinating piece of work. The tutorial is quite detailed, which will help you get a good grip on how you could approach this painting, if you were to give it a shot.

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Storm Incoming

Storm Incoming

In this approach, you’ll get to see one of the easiest stormy sky painting tutorials. Here, the artist uses a simple two tone shade over the sky to give it a stormy look. This is one of the easiest ways you can paint a stormy sky. There isn’t much done in this painting in terms of details or depth, but its simplicity is what makes it amazing. This approach is what you’d call a soft approach with watercolors, a technique beginners really enjoy working with.

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Realistic Stormy Sky Painting

Realistic Stormy Sky Painting

In this tutorial, Chuck takes you on a detail understanding of his approach on how to paint a stormy night. His approach is a difficult one, to be honest. Notice how he plays with the color tones and variations, ensuring proper transitions in the shades. He also works he wonders with the lighting effect. The landscape also helps to add depth to the sky’s appearance. It’s a very well executed approach with some amazing results as seen in the painting below.

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Simple Stormy Sky Painting

Simple Stormy Sky Painting

In order to paint something like this, you need not be an expert with watercolors. With minimum knowledge on how the paint might bleed into one another, and how they might blend and create new shades, you’ll be able to pull this off in no time. It’s a simple application, with little to no detail, and doesn’t really work on the depth. Nevertheless, it’s still quite artistic to look at, with all the color bleeding and what not.

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Storm over the Ocean

Storm over the Ocean

In this video tutorial, Ryan shows you how to paint a raging storm over an ocean. The theme for this particular storm is dark clouds engulfing the whole sky, while large waves sweep over the ocean floor. This is one of those masterpieces that find their way on a museum wall. It’s an epic painting no matter how you look at it. Trying to recreate this amazing artwork is a challenge in itself. Question is, are you willing to accept this challenge?

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Storm over a Canyon

Storm over a Canyon

We keep the setting of the storm similar to the one we’ve just seen, but instead of the ocean, the landscape setting for this painting is a vast and unending canyon. The sun is setting on what was supposed to be a beautiful day. But then, storm clouds covered the whole area and engulfed the canyon into darkness. This painting is worth the praise as it has all the elements of a perfect stormy sky painting, which I’ve mentioned at the start.

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Quick Watercolor Painting of a Stormy Sky

Quick Watercolor Painting of a Stormy Sky

This is a fairly simple and easy watercolor painting tutorial of a stormy sky. It doesn’t really have anything in terms of depth, but the structure and shade is there. You can see that the artist didn’t really bother to add extra elements to the drawing. Some might call it lazy, but I’ve always had faith in such simple styles. For me, this may not be the best piece of work you’ll see, but it’s a good attempt nevertheless.

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Dramatic Painting of a Stormy Sky

Dramatic Painting of a Stormy Sky

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to use watercolor to create a dramatic painting of a stormy sky. Giving the sky a dark and dramatic look is indeed a bit difficult. You need to ensure depth and proper lighting for bringing in that dramatic effect. However, if you want, you can ditch all that, and just add some variation in the cloud patterns to give the sky a dramatic look. This is exactly what this painting does. Instead of ensuring depth and lighting, it plays with the structure.

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An Aesthetic Storm

An Aesthetic Storm

Aesthetic storm clouds are a bit different than your average everyday ones. They have a different look, different color palette, and might make you feel like you’re in a fantasy world of sorts. These type of skies are hardly seen during a storm, unless you’re living near an active volcano that has just erupted. Yes! That’s how this painting is. It’s chaotic, yet, in a way, beautiful. I’d definitely have this on the walls of my living room.

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Stellar Artwork of a Stormy Sky

Stellar Artwork of a Stormy Sky

What’s amazing about this painting, is that it clearly shows the transition in colors of the sky when a storm roars into the scene. The golden sky, of what appears to be a beautiful sunset, is about to be overshadowed by storm clouds. This is clean, and clear painting at its finest. Everything looks as smooth as silk in this artwork. This tutorial will really help you get an idea of how transitions should be. Make sure you watch both parts of this tutorial to understand things properly.

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My husband and I are learning how to draw and paint. We wanted to share this learning process with the world and have fun! That's why we created this blog. We'll have drawing contests every week and you'll decide who won that week! Follow along and learn with us!

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My husband and I are learning how to draw and paint. We wanted to share this learning process with the world and have fun! That's why we created this blog. We'll have drawing contests every week and you'll decide who won that week! Follow along and learn with us!

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