August 26, 2021 3 min read


Lighthouses andbeacons are towers with bright lights and fog horns located at important or dangerous locations. They can be seen on rocky cliffs or sandy shoals on land, on wave-swept reefs in the sea, and at entrances to harbors and bays. They serve to give warnings to mariners of dangerous shallows and perilous rocky coasts, and they help and guide vessels safely into and out of harbors. The messages of these long-trusted aids to navigation are simple: either STAY AWAY, DANGER, BEWARE! or COME THIS WAY!

Interesting Facts About Lighthouse:

  1. Lighthouses are painted differently to help mariners identify them during the day. For example, a lighthouse may be painted all white if its surroundings/background is dark. However, the red and white stripes help the mariner identify the lighthouse if it’s up against a white background, such as cliffs or rocks.
  1. The height of a lighthouse takes into account the curvature of the earth, so the higher light above MHW (mean high water), the further away it can be seen at sea. But the light should not be so high up that local sailors will not see it. This is why you will frequently get shorter lighthouses on the top of cliffs and taller lighthouses built nearer the water surface.
  1. Lighthouses in fairly close proximity to each other have different flash patterns to allow the mariner to identify their location. Some lighthouses in different geographical areas share the same flash patterns.
  1. Originally lighthouses were lit with open fires, only later progressing through candles, lanterns and electric lights.
  1. These days, lighthouses are run by machines and remote monitoring. The automatic sensors decide if there is extra moisture in the air, and if so turn on the fog signals. Radio signals are used to communicate with the ships. But when the technology was not so advanced the lighthouses were run by lighthouse keepers.


Let’s start Drawing Lighthouse Step by Step


In this tutorial we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil B
  • Pencil 5B

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Step 1. We start the construction by drawing a middle line and on it, we outline the size of the lighthouse with the help of 2 short lines, one on top and one on the bottom. (Pencil B)



Step 2. With the help of the lines, draw the shape and details of the lighthouse. Draw a round lantern on top, and draw windows on the base on the right. (Pencil B)


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Step 3. Draw the shape of the waves around the lighthouse by creating curls. (Pencil B)


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Step 4. Remove all unnecessary construction lines and draw details on the waves by the waveform. (Pencil B)


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Step 5. We start hatching by making the general tone in dark places on the lighthouse. (Pencil B)


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Step 6.In the dark areas of the lighthouse, we increase the tone and shade in shape, creating a volume, also make shadows in the light areas and use a soft pencil for this. (Pencil 5B)


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Step 7. On the waves, we make the first tonal layer in dark places. (Pencil B)


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Step 8. Lastly, we enhance the dark areas on the waves while stretching the tone, so it will turns out to have additional volume. (Pencil 5B)

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