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Here is an explosion tutorial as Leth requested, although I don't think I'm so good at explosions that I can teach how to draw them... But I can teach some of the principles behind them!

But the best thing to do is really to watch video of explosions. (Some links are supplied in the Flash)

Edit: I just learned that "flame" explosions are officially called BLEVEs (pronounced "blev-ee"), or Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions. You can look up this term on youtube to see a bunch of them!

Additionally, a deviant named ~ProfessorDoom has commented about the collapsing of the mystery of gamma ray bursters (pun intended):
"The core of the hypernova collapses directly into a black hole and two extremely energetic jets of plasma are emitted from its rotational poles at nearly the speed of light. These jets emit intense gamma rays, and are a candidate explanation for gamma ray bursts. In recent years a great deal of observational data on gamma ray bursts significantly increased our understanding of these events, and made clear that the collapse model produces explosions that differ only in detail from more or less ordinary supernovae. Nevertheless, they continue to sometimes be referred to in the literature as hypernovae. The word hypernova itself was coined by S.E. Woosley. [link] " Check the link for more information!
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~linzer-torte thinks that "Explosion basics tutorial by ~zack-sr is an AWESOME tutorial about "how to draw explosions." It goes really in depth about the physics and chemistry of different types of explosions, outlines different techniques on observing and rendering explosions, and does it all in a very easy to read and comprehensible way." ( Suggested by linzer-torte and Featured by bleedsopretty )
MangaArtist16 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Zack-sr. This tutorial is going to really help me with my manga.
LightlyBow Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student
Thanks man! This tutorial really helps!
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, grenades do that even with the atmosphere. My bad.
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In space, the heat of a fire will not rise up because of the lack of gravity. It will just spread out, searching for oxygen. So therefore, the explosion would NOT be red, but instead, blue and spherical. Not gonna happen in a vacuum, though, due to lack of oxygen (for dynamites, regular fireworks, etc.), but pressure from the interior (e.g. grenade) would create either a visible or invisible burst, depending on wavelength, sending shrapnel all over the place.
Vinyoli Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
You are a Genius!
DarknessisokxD Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
ITS A GIANT MUSHROOM maybe its frendly >.>
silver-bluewind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I learned more about explosions in the few minutes I spent on this than I probably ever will for the rest of my life.
ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
:iconexplodingplz: :iconexplodingplz: I am in heaven. :iconexplodingplz: :iconexplodingplz:
SakuraNights Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative, I learned something new! :D Thanks a bunch for this, I will use it well!
TheButtfish Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
A BLEVE is when pressurized fluid such as steam or refrigerant rapidly escapes its container. The youtube videos are incorrectly labeled.
zack-sr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Is BLEVE an acronym?
TheButtfish Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist
lamontrobinsonart Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that was informative. Thanks.
Sirusss Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Awesome! But the colour has to do with the colourtemperature, not so much with the normal colour spectrum. Colourtemperature does not contain green, it is replaced by white. Red, Yellow, White, Cyan, Blue - thats how the colours from the "coldest" to the hottest flames etc. are.
Nexus519 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I'm gonna pass my science quiz xD
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool thing here! And also funny sometimes! It as a pleasure to go through it!
Flak02 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student
This really helps!
Nice explosions too.
HoloSnipe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Demoman approves.
MLP-WhiteNoise Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Artist
:iconamericaomgplz: IM LEARNING!!
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fluffy-puffy-fifi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SORA-APPROVES Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
i thank you i stopped halfway through my work just to get a better or diferent view of things explosion related
SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
A very good tutorial...very, very good.
Little more info for you...because you seem to be collecting the info

They have determined, as of 2008-2011, that GRBs are caused when a supermassive star detonates, and forces the core into a singularity(black hole) that begins immediately feeding off of the surrounding material. The gravity and rotation of the singularity force the material it's 'feeding' off of into a rotating disk called an accretion disk in which the closer the gasses are to the Event Horizon, the more compressed they become and begin to emit higher and higher levels of radiation until they finally meet the Event Horizon and a small amount of gamma radiation manages exceeds the escape velocity of the black hole and fires off into space as a pair of twin-jets of high energy gas, dust, and lethal radiation along the axes of rotation.

Physicists calculate that GRB 'hypernovae' occur approximately 100 times a day through out the universe, and about once every 10-20 thousand years in the milky way galaxy alone, and the Crab Nebula Supernova Remains are the result of a GRB detonation that occurred approximately one-two thousand years ago and was recorded by the early Chinese(currently this blast stands as the third most powerful and 4th brightest explosion observed in the universe to date).
The exact details of the nature of a GRB are still enigmatic, however.
Rickmaru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Iloved this lesson!!
trnity12 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to much explosion..
but thankz :)
Pochachou Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This was really helpful! Thanks!
Jasonese Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
I don't know how this helps me at all...I'm not even sure how I got here, but I learned a valuable lesson from this.

Wolves tend to cause spontaneous combustion to the air around them.
ProfessorApothecary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like you! We have a lot in common, in fact--at least from what I can ascertain from this artful and enlightening guide. You seem like a rather left-minded fellow, and yet artistically talented. I am in a very similar predicament, in fact.

Anyways, great job. I enjoyed your explosive depictions. ;D
MightyDarknut Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soundninja888 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!

I wanted to draw an explosion in the background for a drawing for my sister and this helped me SO MUCH!!!!
RogueKnight24 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Awesome dude! Helped me a lot :D
Cileo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011

I suck at Physics... but you totally explained it in a way I understand. The flash was pretty clear and gives you the basics to work with, plus explained different types of explosions (which I had no idea existed).
ACBeaam Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
WOW!! this goes into so much information, and most of this i didn't know of till now! thanks for this tutorial, this helps alot, in regard of basics.
Lokikaze Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Just Amazing....truly...AWESOME!

by the way, Poor doggy.
Johnny-on-Flame Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
This is just the perfect tutorial, funny and yet teaches you perfectly what you need to know.
EsBest Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
:eyepopping: VERY COOL!!! :O_o:
SoulTrooper Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks for putting this tutorial i was having trouble with the shock waves of an explosion to push clouds. thanks for putting this up.
Ironfists88 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial. I just realised I can never draw a realistic explosion, I can barely draw a fake one (actually I kinda can't) but thanks for the lesson.

BTW when fart and fire are mixed they kinda explode is that a chemical reaction?
zack-sr Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
"Farts" are our word for hydrocarbon gases produced in the large intestine by bacteria. Stuff we can't digest in the stomach will get digested in the large intestine by bacteria, which release this gas as a byproduct. This gas is flammable, so when it is ignited, it will burn up.

I think this is a chemical reaction on an atomic level. I don't know what "flammable" means in terms of chemical reactions, but the gas becomes excited by the extreme heat of whatever is burning and it itself burns.

Not all gases will burn. Some gases, called noble or inert gases, are so unflammable that they will put fire out.
Ironfists88 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx or the info.
Sorry for the very disturbing signature I had before...well it's gone now.
API-Beast Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do green explosions exist?
zack-sr Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
I think if something made out of copper exploded, you would get some green in the explosion.
ILuvChrist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
You have a good tutorial!!! :D But i think i am learning about energy flows right now at my school ( and i am not from drawing school, i am from chemical engineering ) and i learn the exploding effect right now for my drawing hobby.
KaitlinDragon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This should be mandatory for all basic chemistry, art and humorous tutorial classes.
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