How To Draw Hills In The Background?

How to Draw Grassy Hills

This week’s Tuesday Tutorial: How to Draw Grass on Sanded Art Paper focuses on how to draw grassy hills that aren’t up close; there will be some detail, but not as much as you’re used to seeing in my tutorials. To read the previous posts in this series, click the links below.

Step 1: Rough in the darkest shadows.

Stroke along the contours of each hill, but don’t get bogged down in detail, to establish the shadows and suggest the shapes of the hills. Feel free to change the shapes or positions of these hills to suit your own vision for the drawing.

Step 2: Glaze the hills with base color.

If you have a green that is a better match than either of these two colors, use it. Draw each hill separately and stroke along the contours of the hills with light pressure and a blunted pencil.

A Word about Pencil Strokes

Next, use a stiff, bristle brush to dry blend the color, using medium pressure and strokes along the curves of the hills; you can also combine the strokes or use any other stroke that helps you achieve the look you want.

Step 3: Dry blend pigment dust into the color layer.

Drawing on sanded paper produces pigment dust, which you can either brush off or work into the paper. If we were drawing a fall scene, all we’d need to do is deepen shadows, add details, and maybe a few highlights.

Step 4: Layer green over the base color.

Using a blunt pencil and short, horizontal strokes, layer Chartreuse over the foreground, leaving lots of open space (with paper and shadows showing through). Darken the shadow on the hill immediately in front of the trees with Olive Green.

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Step 5: Continue darkening shadows and developing color.

Don’t worry about the details; focus on getting the image’s color and value right first. Feel free to experiment with different strokes. In the lower right corner, I tried drawing directional, grass-like strokes with Olive Green, but it didn’t accomplish much.

Step 6: Add a warm, neutral color to keep the greens from getting too bright.

Next, use Cream to lighten and warm the green in the hill directly in front of the trees. I used a long stroke to draw along the slope of the hill that faced the light source (the sun) most directly, using medium to slightly heavier pressure and careful stroking to create even color.

Step 7: To dry blend or not to dry blend.

Start blending the colors together with a stiff bristle brush, blending the lightest areas first, then moving on to the next darkest areas. This is important because unwanted dark colors will show up in the highlights.

How do I draw Hills?

On a map, there are four different ways to draw hills.

  1. Draw hills with simple lines to show the slope.
  2. Begin with lines that indicate the hill’s edges.
  3. Add form to the hills with overlay layers.
  4. Use lines to pick out the form of the hills from a 3/4 perspective.
  5. Shade your hills and give them form with overlay layers.

How do you draw a grassy hill?

Grassy Hills: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Step 1: Rough in the darkest shadows.
  2. Step 2: Glaze the hills with base color.
  3. Step 3: Blend pigment dust into the color layer with a dry brush.
  4. Step 4: Layer green over the base color.
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How do you draw Hills digitally?

Let’s get started!

  1. Paint a gradient with the sky color at the top and the hill color at the bottom, using a large airbrush.
  2. Shade to suggest the hill shape.
  3. Define the form.
  4. Start adding texture.
  5. Continue adding texture.
  6. Detail.

How do you shade a hill?

After that, lightly shade in the mountains on the left with an HB pencil, progressively shading the shadows of the foremost mountain. Try to give your shading uniform direction instead of just scribbling.

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Should the foreground be lighter or darker?

6. As elements recede into the distance, paint them at a much smaller scale than objects in the foreground, using cooler colors to push them further into the background and warmer, darker colors to bring them forward into the foreground.

How do I paint my grass background?

Using directional brushwork that matches the form and movement of the grass is a simple but effective technique. For example, if the grass is pointing upwards, use upwards brushwork; if there is a strong wind blowing the grass to the left, work your brush to the left in the same way.

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