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How to Draw Rain Drops

Updated on March 31, 2013

Examples of Drawings of Rain

Little girl is defeated by the rainstorm that she snuck out into in this vintage drawing. The last in a series of 6 drawings of this naughty little girl, she finds herself on her hands and knees in the rain with her favorite doll lying in a puddle
Little girl is defeated by the rainstorm that she snuck out into in this vintage drawing. The last in a series of 6 drawings of this naughty little girl, she finds herself on her hands and knees in the rain with her favorite doll lying in a puddle | Source
A little girl caught out in the rain has her umbrella turned inside out in a gust of wind. This little girl and her umbrella drawing is one of a series of copyright free images telling the tale of this naughty little girl sneaking out into the rain.
A little girl caught out in the rain has her umbrella turned inside out in a gust of wind. This little girl and her umbrella drawing is one of a series of copyright free images telling the tale of this naughty little girl sneaking out into the rain. | Source

How to Draw Rain Drops from a Distance

When seeing rain drops from a distance, they do not appear as three dimensional droplets or shapes. they appear as thin light coloured or grey streaks depending on the lighting conditions. Paint them as thin lines in the direction the wind is blowing in. For example, on a sunny but windy day, rain observed from a distance will appear like light grey streaks, with almost white reflective surfaces from the direction of the sun. draw the streaks as broken lines at an angle- according to the direction of the wind.

How to Draw Close Up Rain Drops

Close up rain drops appear as almost spherical shapes. Draw small sphere like shapes. Light usually comes from one direction. Shade the side in the shadow with a shadow like shape that traces that side of the raindrop very close to the edge. Leave a tiny sliver of that side of the drop untouched, to indicate the spherical three dimensional nature of the droplet. Shade the other side in a mid tone and leave the side exposed to the light unshaded to indicate the light bouncing off the rain drop. Make the line on the light side barely visible. When done correctly, this adds a hint of realism and forces the eye to fill in the gaps.

Roses with Rain Drops

The Drop
The Drop | Source
Drop on a glowing rose.
Drop on a glowing rose. | Source
Rose Garden In A Drop
Rose Garden In A Drop | Source
Backlit Secret Rose With Reflecting Drop
Backlit Secret Rose With Reflecting Drop | Source

How to Draw A Close Up Raindrop on a Rose Petal

Drawing close up drops sitting on surfaces is interesting and challenging. Water naturally reflects light and the shapes around it. The shape of the rain drop will be dependant on the surface it is on. The angle of the surface and the texture of the surface will have an impact. A raindrop sitting on a rose petal which is at a slight angle- as the petals go down into the centre of the flower will have a distinct look and may even cast its own shadow.


  1. The most important thing is observation. As you look at the rose petal, you will notice that the raindrop will look as though it is falling into the centre of the flower because its base, the side facing the centre of the flower, will be slightly fatter than the top of the drop. Get the shape accurate when you first draw it for a good start.
  2. Shade the rain drop in a mid tone, slightly darker than the tone used for the petal itself.
  3. Note the shadow on the rain drop and darken the shadowed area by shading it darker than the rest of the drop. This is usually on one side. In this case, imagine the light source is coming from the right. As you go into the centre of the flower, there is more shadow. There is therefore likely to be a cast shadow on the upper left side of the rain drop with a cast shadow underneath its front, at the fastest part, the base, which is just starting to slide down into the flower.
  4. Use your pencil to shade in the cast shadow just under the base of the drop. The shadow should only be a small sliver of shading which represents the shape of the base of the rain drop.The cast shadow may come around the front of the base of the drop and recede toward the back, getting thinner toward the back of the drop. The cast shadow should have a consistent colour so ensure your shading is consistent.
  5. Gradually build up the darker side of the droplet and the cast shadow with shading being sure to leave a mid tone close to the edge of the droplet to give the 3D effect.
  6. On the darker area closest to the light source, use a kneaded eraser, to lift out a sparkle of light on top of the rain drop to really finish off the 3D effect.

Observe actual flowers after it has rained. Take lots of close up reference flowers so that you can study them for as many hours as you wish. Try to capture rain drops on flowers from life, quickly and efficiently. With a little practice and lots of observation, you will be drawing realistic rain drops on a multitude of surfaces in no time at all.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      I love your drawings and your sharing. I am an artist. I weave beauty in words and you weave beauty in the stoke of your brush. We collaborate. Thanks.