Illustrating Rain, Droplets and Rainclouds

Felix Buhot (French, 1847-1898) Rain and Umbrella c.1875, Etching
Felix Buhot (French, 1847-1898) Rain and Umbrella c.1875, Etching. Dark lines, which match the vertical hatching of the objects in the illustration. It’s not clear what is rain and what depicts the walls of the buildings. Weather and buildings unite.

The convention by which the motion of drops of water is represented by elongating them into a shape they never actually have in the real world appears in the picture of Peter jumping into the watering can. Yet interestingly, while this teardrop shape is like a backward arrow, we know the movement is away from the point only because we know the convention; Peter is himself a teardrop shape in this picture, but we assume he is entering the watering can, not leaving it—that he heads in the direction his body is pointed toward.

Perry Nodelman, Words About Pictures
Postcard by A. Golubev, 1968 rain
Postcard by A. Golubev, 1968 rain
elongated droplets watering can Peter Rabbit
EIN KÖRNCHEN FÜR DEN PFAU (1970) Helga Aichinger rain
EIN KÖRNCHEN FÜR DEN PFAU (1970) Helga Aichinger
Suzanna Byalkovskaya, 1950s
Suzanna Byalkovskaya, 1950s

LINES OF RAIN

White lines

White and blue lines

Peter Spier. Rain
Peter Spier. Rain
Eugen Hartung, Swiss. 1897-1973 rain
Eugen Hartung, Swiss. 1897-1973

Black lines, and white for in front of the black

Now I'll walk in all the puddles.  From At the Open Door by Louise Robinson, 1913
Now I’ll walk in all the puddles. From At the Open Door by Louise Robinson, 1913

Ruler straight lines that extend across the entire canvas

The Slough of Despond, illustration for a 1928 edition of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, wood engraving by Gertrude Hermes (UK, 1901-1983)
H. R. Van Dongen (1920 - 2010) 1954 cover illustration The Big Rain for Astounding Science Fiction magazine.
H. R. Van Dongen (1920 – 2010) 1954 cover illustration The Big Rain for Astounding Science Fiction magazine.
The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories 1908 illustrated by Sidney Herbert Sime
The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories 1908 illustrated by Sidney Herbert Sime
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite 1888 - 1960 The Storm
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite 1888 – 1960 The Storm
Dugald Stewart Walker illustrator, Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) writer, ‘Rainbow gold; poems old and new selected for boys and girls’ 1922-6
Bernie Wrightson (1948 - 2017) 1977 illustration for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley rain
Bernie Wrightson (1948 – 2017) 1977 illustration for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

RAIN IN THE DISTANCE

George Bellows (American, 1882 – 1925) Rain on the River, 1908
Mai Miturich, 1969 rain
Mai Miturich, 1969 rain
The-Airmail.-N.-C.-Wyeth.-1938
The-Airmail.-N.-C.-Wyeth.-1938

Storm Scents: It’s True, You Can Smell Oncoming Summer Rain, from Scientific American

Crocodile In The Rain, Theodor de Bry, after Jean Jacques Boissard, 1596
Crocodile In The Rain, Theodor de Bry, after Jean Jacques Boissard, 1596