Effects used in animation and games.
There are various attributes such as fire, water, wind, and lightning.

They look cool and create an atmosphere just by being drawn in the illustrations, don’t they?

So, as a series of articles, we would like to introduce how to draw the effects by categorizing them by attribute.
In this article, we’ll explain the fire effect.


How to draw the fire effect

1. Draw fire silhouettes

First, I painted the silhouette of the fire.
I set the background color to black to make it easier to see as more bright colors will be added later.

Draw the silhouette in vermilion.
You can use the “fingertips” of the brush tool to stretch and paint the end of the fire silhouette to get a better look.


2. Draw the bright areas

Draw the brighter parts of the fire.
The fire gets brighter and brighter as you move inward.
Add a new layer.

I painted in orange.
I used the Blur tool in the Brush tool to blur the area around the paint to blend it in.


We put on the bright yellow color.

After painting, use a “blur” to blur the area around it.


3. Draw with “Additive Layer”

Add a new layer and make the layer additive (luminous) from normal.
We will paint it the same color as the yellow we just painted.

This one was also blurred around after it was applied.


4. Scatter the firebrands

Finally, draw some firebrands around the fire and you’re done!




The fire effect can be applied to characters with fire attributes and more!

It’s easy to draw, so give it a try!

That’s how to draw the fire effect.