How To Paint Lightning

10 Amazing (and Easy!) Tutorials

Introduction

Lightning, despite being a fierce and formidable force, is indeed quite beautiful. It’s powerful enough to destroy anything in its path and yet, it’s aesthetic and visually appealing in certain ways, especially when you’re able to capture its might and glory on a canvas. At this stage, you’re probably wondering how to paint lightning in such a way that it looks both powerful, and beautiful. Well, that’s a question I’ve been asking myself, and recently, I’ve come across some amazing tutorials that have helped me answer this question.

In order to paint lightning, you’ll need to focus on three key elements. The first element is the lightning itself, which includes its structure and dimension. Second, you need to work on the sky. And finally, you need to have a good understanding of how the lightning will affect its surroundings in terms of lighting. Once you’ve planned out all of this, you’ll be good to go, and can start painting your lightning.

Tutorial Number 1 Drawing Wars

Lightning above the Ocean

Lightning above the Ocean

You know the sky’s the limit whenever Ryan is aiming to create a perfect painting. This time, he takes his talent and creativity to the next level with this stunning acrylic painting of lightning falling over an ocean. This painting has everything you’d expect from a masterpiece. From well executed color blends and lighting effects, to accurate depth, this painting checks all the boxes that need to filled in order for an artwork to be regarded as a masterpiece.

Tutorial Number 2 Drawing Wars

Glowing Lightning over the Water

Glowing Lightning over the Water

This painting shows lightning falling on a vast sea or ocean, and glowing brightly with all its might. At first, you might think this is a difficult painting to do. But in reality, the painting is quite simple. You need to carefully add the shades and transitions that’ll give you the glowing effect you see in this painting. Once you’re able to reproduce that, your painting will look just as complex, while staying simple at its core.

Tutorial Number 3 Drawing Wars

Simple Painting of a Lightning Bolt

Simple Painting of a Lightning Bolt

Carla creates a simple painting of a lightning bolt running across the sky. She uses acrylic paints to create this simple yet beautiful artwork. The process is pretty straightforward. You start with the sky, add the shades, and then draw the lightning bolts using white paint. A fairly simple process with astounding results, something you’ll surely enjoy painting.

Tutorial Number 4 Drawing Wars

Picturesque Painting of a Lightning Bolt

Picturesque Painting of a Lightning Bolt

Simplicity is the way to go for this painting of a lightning bolt, arranged in the shape of a diamond. You should be able to tell how easy it is to add the color shades to this painting just by looking at it. The blends are there, but it’s nothing to difficult. Given that you’ll be using watercolor for this artwork, the colors should bleed nicely with one another, giving you the proper blend and shade. Adding the lightning on top of this blend is also something that’s quite easy to pull off.

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Lightning in the Dark Skies

Lightning in the Dark Skies

Lightning is best experienced on a stormy night, when everything is shrouded in darkness, and the lightning tears through it like a hot knife over butter. I’m probably exaggerating here, but the real scenes are nothing short of what I’ve described. This painting clearly depicts what I think is the ultimate mood for a lightning storm. It doesn’t do much to the skies, apart from painting it dark, and that, in a way, is beautiful to experience.

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Simple Watercolor Painting of a Lightning Storm

Simple Watercolor Painting of a Lightning Storm

This simple painting tutorial takes you through the absolute watercolor basics of painting a lightning across the blue skies. Unlike the last tutorial, this one doesn’t really bother to give the sky a stormy or dark appearance while painting the lightning. Nevertheless, it’s still a beautiful artwork. It has good shades and blends, and proper transitions in the colors of the sky, which makes the painting look rather amazing.

Tutorial Number 7 Drawing Wars

Lightning on a Stormy Night

Lightning on a Stormy Night

This video tutorial shows you how to create the perfect lightning scene using oil paints. The artwork looks very realistic, almost as if it were a still image, captured on a high definition camera. There is a lot happening in this painting as you should be able to tell. A lot of shades and blends are there, plenty of detailing, and of course, precise lighting effects. All these things make the painting a visual masterpiece.

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Tutorial Number 8 Drawing Wars

Striking Painting of a Lighting Storm

Striking Painting of a Lighting Storm

The effect lightning has on its surroundings, in terms of lighting, can easily be understood from this painting tutorial. A bolt of lightning tears through the skies, and lights up everything around it. There’s a bit of glow, and a lot of color shades used in this painting. It’s quite easy to understand how all this works, but once you start painting it, you might face a few problems. Go through this tutorial, and you’ll be able to handle the process with ease.

Tutorial Number 9 Drawing Wars

Roaring Lightning

Roaring Lightning

It’s nightfall, and the skies start to get covered with dark clouds, turning pitch black. Suddenly, you hear a roaring sound coming from the clouds. Lightning starts flashing across the dark sky, and lightens it up. This painting is sort of poetic. It’s not heavily detailed or anything, but it just speaks to you in certain ways. The lightning is bright, but it doesn’t necessarily let you see everything – that’s what this painting is probably trying to say.

Tutorial Number 10 Drawing Wars

Visually Stunning Painting of Lightning

Visually Stunning Painting of Lightning

We saved the best for last. Feliks is a painting genius! Just look at this painting of his, where he shows a lightning storm raging over a vast field. This artwork has depth, proper shades, accurate details, and amazing lighting effects. In short, this is a masterpiece, one that is not just difficult to paint, but is almost impossible, unless you’ve skills like Feliks. Don’t worry though, because this tutorial will help you a lot in understanding the process, and get started.

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By Jimena & Iñigo

The Navarro-Rubios

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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Jimena & Iñigo

The Navarro-Rubios

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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