Drawing Flames

Drawing Flames : In what could be one of the most ancient references in illustrating fire, the Bible in Acts 2:3. Gives the phrase ¡°tongues of fire.¡±. And this has been how through the ages from then on, flames came to be depicted and drawn.

Everything begins with a candle flame. Drawing this little tongue is like drawing a teardrop. But instead of having a rounded bottom. A flame has its own pointed due to the slender wick it originates from.

The origin of the flame is very important in drawing its blazing formation. Generally, the body of a flame will expand as it rises from its base. Then shrink like a tail as it proceeds and expires upward.

Another thing to remember in drawing fire is that all flames are made to rise. In a windless setting, a gentle flame will vertically stand unmoving. In the midst of a gust, it will ¡°dance.¡± The slender candle flame adheres to the wick, its base.

As it rises, it also seems that its entire form is being stretched upward. As if the wick and some invisible force from above were engaged in a tug-of-war. This is why the candle flame has a pointed bottom.

Note :

That a single tongue of flame progressively becomes slender as it rises. And depending on how furiously the base fuels it, it disappears into a pillar of smoke.

In situations when the flame voraciously devours its base. Particularly when the base is wider in girth, the tip of the flame loses its spear-like tip. What was before a single perfect nib has split into two, as they are related by what appears as a thin edge bordering the flame and the smoke.

This border is always bent downward, and such is seen between flame tips as they quickly snap and flick upward. For a more controlled study, try burning a stick with a girth of about an inch or more in a windless room, so that the flame rises more steadily.

On a spreading base, the flame becomes greater in width, but continues to maintain its basic form: the widest part of its body shortly above the base, then progressively squeezing itself upward. Remember that this length of the flame above the wide part is the longest.

The tip, however, splits. Apparently, one tip can only be maintained by a certain breadth of a base; but as the base broadens, the entire conflagration becomes a collection of tongues with their tips desperately shooting upward as if in a leaping match.

All these spikes are all connected by the edge of the sheet of flame generated by the base, very much like pointed towers situated across the length of a fortifying wall. What we usually call fire is when a flame has gained a greater base coverage.