Four Different Ways To Draw Hills On A Map
Drawing hills on a map can be difficult because, unlike forests and mountains, there are no sharp edges, and even when light, shade, and color are added, it’s not always clear how to represent hills. Here are four different styles to consider.
1. Simple Line Art
Draw hills with simple lines to show the slope; this is the most basic representation of a hill, and it closely resembles how cartographers mark hills on maps. The short dagger-like lines indicate the hillside’s slope, and the area enclosed by the lines is the hill’s crest.
Shaded Top Down Hills
If you’re making a top-down map, this is a good place to start because we’re drawing the lines along the slopes instead of across (down) the slopes, which gives us a rough idea of where the hills are, but we can also add shading to make them stand out.
3. Side on illustrated hills
We can pick out the shape of hills from a top down perspective using a 3/4 perspective; make sure the top of the hill is flat, and the slopes are gently sloped; use broken lines to indicate the softer shallower pitch of the hills.
4. Simple Side On Hills
A U-shaped crest can be quickly laid in to represent rolling hills on a Middle Earth style map. Use a lower opacity brush to lay in a block of shadow and simple highlights, which gives the hills a stylised form and adds a little visual interest.
How do you draw a hill on a map?
On a map, there are four different ways to draw hills.
- Draw hills with simple lines to show the slope.
- Begin with lines that indicate the hill’s edges.
- Add form to the hills with overlay layers.
- Use lines to pick out the form of the hills from a 3/4 perspective.
- Shade your hills and give them form with overlay layers.
How do you draw Hills digitally?
Let’s get started!
- Paint a gradient with the sky color at the top and the hill color at the bottom, using a large airbrush.
- Shade to suggest the hill shape.
- Define the form.
- Start adding texture.
- Continue adding texture.
What is Wonderdraft?
Wonderdraft is a fantasy map-making program that might be just what you need.
What is map key?
A key or legend is a list of symbols that appear on a map, such as a cross, a cross attached to a circle, a cross attached to a square, or the symbol Sch, which stands for school. Symbols and colors can also represent different things such as roads, rivers, and land height.
How do you draw a fiction map?
Create Fantasy Maps of Your Own
- Step 2: Solidify Continent Shapes. Refine the outlines you drew with an eraser.
- Step 3: Mountains.
- Step 4: Rivers, Lakes, and Forests.
- Step 5: Add Cities.
- Step 6: Name Areas and Add Final Details.
- Step 7: Ink Coastline.
- Step 8: Ink Names.
How do you fill white space in a drawing?
I love to doodle, and I’ve found that simple shapes or patterns are a great way to fill up white space. Use all those nooks and crannies in between your subject matter and fill them with smaller doodles.