Smoke & Explosions
In continuation of the fire effects tutorial, let's take
a look on how to draw smoke and explosions.
Smoke, when no wind is present moves steadily upward in
a column, usually widening as it grows further from the
flame. Above, you can see the progression of drawing smoke.
Starting off with a basic cone shape, you just built and
stack semi-circles with varying sizes and you've got yourself
a simplified version of smoke.
If you would like to make a more realistic smoke stack,
just as you would detail a tree, just add multiple short
lines and straight lines to add the wispy look of smoke.
To the right of the example are some close-ups.
When there is a gush of wind, smoke will become engulfed
and curl up in itself to form a sort of mushroom-like effect.
This can also be used to display a tremendous explosion
but make sure to straighten out the "wind" lines
and push the smoke up to become flatter.
Moving on, to create explosions, all you need to do is
add two important elements. 1) Outward force and 2) billowing
smoke effect as shown below:
For the outward force, it is usually depicted in a slim
columnar form with a lot of short multiple lines but can
also be drawn with straightened lines for those extra powerful