How to Draw a Tornado

February 6, 2023

how to draw a tornado

Tornadoes are one of the most terrifying and dangerous weather phenomena. They can cause severe damage to buildings and trees. They are also a frequent feature of disaster movies and popular culture.

Learn how to draw a tornado with this easy step-by-step tutorial and video!

To get started, you’ll need a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You can also choose to color your tornado after you finish drawing it!

A tornado is a twisting windstorm that forms from thunderstorms. They can reach a maximum wind speed of 300 miles per hour (480 km/h) and are often over two miles across.

The top of a tornado has a curvy cloudy shape and a diagonal line that represents its vortex. Lightly sketch in the curve and the tornado’s vortex.

Draw a lot of curved lines around the tornado’s shape and on the edges of its outline to make it look more three-dimensional. Use a variety of colors to make your tornado look realistic.

Now that you’ve drawn the tornado, it’s time to start working on its facial features! First, draw a pair of eyes and a funny mouth.

Next, add some short lines to the bottom teeth and a few gradient fills inside the mouth for more contrast.

Adding dark and bright lines help you create movement in the cartoon character. You can also try to sketch some more details like the clouds on the top of the tornado or the dust that is swirling around it.


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