How to Draw Water Drops Step by Step

Drawing water drops requires one to get the play of shading and light right. Though it appears simple, getting a realistic and three-dimensional look requires some effort and practice. This ArtHearty article shows you, in very easy steps, how to draw different kinds of water drops.
ArtHearty Staff
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Observe and Learn!
One of the vital skill set required for drawing is to be a good observer. When you observe, make a mental note of the intricate details that you see.
The beauty of a water drop can be mesmerizing. Water represents purity and life. Photographers and artists like to capture the beauty of drops, be it the morning dew, rain drops on a glass pane, or drops dripping down the bars of a window.

Derive inspiration from photographs, observe the reflection of light, and accordingly, you'll know how to apply appropriate shading techniques to make a water droplet appear more realistic. Water, being transparent, will show a reflection of its surrounding. As such, much depends on your shading skills to make it look beautiful. It is simply a play of light and shadow, in this case.

Things you'll need:
  • Pencil/colored pencils/charcoal
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Drawing board

It is important to study the structure, composition, and light reflection of the water drop. Giving a 3D look to it is possible with the correct technique.
Water Droplet
draw realistic water drop step 1
Draw a simple oblong shape of the drop.
draw realistic water drop step 2
Decide the area or that spot on the drop where there is reflection of light. According to the source of the light, draw the outline of the parts that needs to be shaded.
draw realistic water drop step 3
To indicate light, start shading the remaining portion of the drop. Draw in light lines, areas to be shaded. Darken one side of the drop, and shade it in a circular fashion.
draw realistic water drop step 4
Use an eraser to smudge out that area which you had already marked in step 2. Once you're done, your water drop will automatically look livelier and realistic. The shading should blend well.
Cartoon Water Droplet
draw cartoon water drop step 1
Draw a circle and outline of the hands and legs. Mark a point (dot) outside the circle.
draw cartoon water drop step 2
Use the point to draw the shape of a drop. Decide the emotion you want the water drop to depict. We have represented an image of a cartoon throwing attitude and a teasing face. Complete the structure of the limbs, and draw background lines for the eyes and lips.
draw cartoon water drop step 3
Draw a tongue sticking out of the mouth. Observe the emotions in his eyes keenly, and emulate them as shown in the picture. To give a 3D look, add shading marks to the sides of the water drop.
draw cartoon water drop step 4
Color the drop in blue, leaving spaces for shading. Use a light and a dark shade respectively for appropriate shading.
Falling Water Drops
draw falling water drops step 1
Draw the outline of the puddles and the dashes of the drops.
draw falling water drops step 2
Raindrops usually fall with a force, Hence, while drawing the drops, make sure they are slightly tilted and indicate the speed. Draw circles inside the puddle. Make sure you draw these lines in soft pencils, so that they are erasable.
draw falling water drops step 3
Erase the circular lines, and show a splash of water at the center of both the puddles.
draw falling water drops step 4
Use a 2B or HB pencil to shade the puddle. The shading strokes must be in a circular pattern.
Water Drop Splash
draw splashing water drops step 1
For the ripples, draw ovular shapes.
draw splashing water drops step 2
Draw the outline of the splash.
draw splashing water drops step 3
Give details to the layers of water.
draw splashing water drops step 4
Color it in shades of blue.
Water Drops on Leaves
draw water drops on leaves step 1
Draw the shape of a leaf.
draw water drops on leaves step 2
Add veins to the leaf, and draw drops of random sizes.
draw water drops on leaves step 3
Color the leaf and darken the veins. Keenly observe this drawing, and accordingly darken the lower part of the drops with shading pencils.
draw water drops on leaves step 4
To make the water drops look more realistic, add white shading to them. Darken the green color of the midrib and stem of the leaf.
Water Drops on a Window
draw water drops on window step 1
Draw drops of random sizes on a square or rectangular surface.
draw water drops on window step 2
Try to show fog or mist on the window by coloring the surface in dull shades of gray and blue with colored pencils.
draw water drops on window step 3
Highlight the water drops in white. Observe this drawing closely, and emulate the gray parts to show water.
draw water drops on window step 4
Again, to give a 3D look, darken the drops.
After the shading is done, look at the picture. Does it require any more work? Do not, at any cost, give over-detailing to your work, as it will simply destroy the complete look of the picture. Drawing a cartoon water drop is easy, and can be used to symbolize the necessity to save water as a resource which is scarce, or even to design a logo. Other than that, you can draw droplets on cobwebs, flowers, or the morning dew drops. If you're adept at using charcoal, you can use that for shading a realistic water droplet. The main thing is to practice until you get the desired output.