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How to Draw a Volcano Step by Step

Volcano drawing step by step

Before we dive into the tutorial on how to draw an erupting volcano with smoke and lava, let’s go over some quick instructions. This tutorial consists of six steps, providing simple drawing examples to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Sketch the Volcano Outline

Volcano outline drawing

Begin by outlining the shape of the volcano. Start with a wide base and gradually narrow it towards the top using slightly curved and wavy lines. The opening at the top should be bumpy and uneven as well.

Step 2 – Draw the Smoke

Volcano smoke drawing

Next, draw a big cloud of smoke rising from the volcano. Use curves of varying sizes to define the shape. The smoke cloud should be narrower at the bottom and gradually spread out as it ascends, mimicking the natural behavior of smoke.

Step 3 – Depict the Lava

Volcano lava drawing

Add streaks of lava running down the volcano. Use wavy and uneven lines to create a natural look for the flowing lava.

Step 4 – Add Volcano Details

Volcano details drawing

To give the volcano more dimension, incorporate some details. Draw wobbly and broken lines to break up the surface and make it less flat.

Step 5 – Enhance the Smoke Details & Complete the Line Drawing

Volcano line drawing

Just like the volcano, add some details to the smoke to give it depth. Use more curves, placing them close together and individually. Once satisfied, trace over the lines with a black pen or darken them with a pencil.

Step 6 – Color the Volcano

Volcano drawing

When it comes to coloring the volcano, make the main part gray with a hint of blue. For the lava, use yellow at the top and gradually transition to red at the bottom, creating a smooth gradient. The smoke should be gray at the base and become lighter towards the top, blending with the white background.

For this drawing, colored pencils and a regular pencil for the grays would work well.


Drawing a volcano doesn’t have to be complicated, even if you’re a beginner. By adding just a few details and some color, you can create a visually appealing drawing without exerting too much effort. I hope you enjoyed following along with this tutorial and found the drawing approach and tips helpful.

For more step-by-step tutorials, check out the following:

  • How to Draw Mountains Step by Step
  • How to Draw a Cactus Step by Step
  • How to Draw a Cloud Step by Step

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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