Learn how to draw fireworks with metallic pencil crayons on black paper. They are perfect for imitating that sparkly color against a black sky.
Fireworks made their first official appearance in the United States on July 4, 1777. This Pennsylvania Evening Post described the occasion, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.” Since that day, fireworks have been an invaluable part of Independence Day celebrations.
As far as drawing fireworks goes, many tutorials will show you how to make simple radial lines on a white sheet of paper. Why settle for that though when just a few tweaks could result in something much more exciting?
I say swap out the regular crayons for metallic pencil crayons (or metallic markers), and ditch the white paper for some really black card stock. The colors will look about ten times as rich, and the art will have an iridescent sparkle to it too.
In addition, you might find the process of drawing zig zag rings pretty soothing too. The repetition doesn’t call for a lot of thought, so both children and adults might find this a relaxing thing to do. Call it doodling or zentangles or whatever you want, just do give this drawing on black paper a try sometime. It can bring you a brand new appreciation for simple act of making lines on a piece of paper.
- How to Draw Fireworks (click for a PDF)
- Black drawing paper, card stock works best
- Metallic Pencil crayons or metallic markers
Time needed: 25 minutes.
How to Draw Fireworks
- Start with three small flower shapes, leaving room between each.
- Add a ring around each. Try to be consistent, making each ring either a loose or a tight zig zag.
- Continue adding zig zag rings, using lots of different colors.
- When two rings touch, decide which one you want in the back, and continue.
- Add rings to the firework in the back. Continue, making sure the rings are consistent. It works best when rings look like they are all in one group.
- To finish, add one last big burst in the back that fills up the entire page. It will help the front fireworks stand out more.