Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Snowy City and a Snowy City Coloring Page. The swirly sky is kind of a nod to Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
The best painting projects often come from some of the simplest of drawing projects. This snowy city sky is a series of buildings, with snow-topped roofs, sitting below a swirly sky. Easy to draw, and thus easy to paint.
The extra fun little twist to this painting is that the swirls in the sky, which are kind of “Starry Night” looking, are traced again with more blue paint after the first layer is dry. The extra paint creates a deeper layer of blue and makes those swirls look all the more mesmerizing.
For maximum results, I recommend using liquid watercolor paint on real watercolor paper. Years of painting with students taught me that it was the only way to get that really pretty textured color that watercolors are famous for.
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Materials for Snowstorm Drawing
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Step by Step Directions for Snowstorm Drawing
Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw and Paint a Snowy Winter Night
- Draw a snow base line.
- Draw three large buildings with snow tops.
- Add smaller buildings on the left.
- Add smaller buildings on the right.
- Fill the buildings with windows.
- Start the large swirls in the sky.
- Continue the swirls in the background.
- Trace with a marker and paint the buildings.
- Paint the sky. Add another paint line over the swirls.
Splatter white tempera paint when dry.