How to Draw Landscapes with Colored Pencil
I’ll be sharing tips on how to draw landscapes with colored pencil this month, and if you have a question or a topic you’d like to learn about, send me an email. We’ll start with a few general guidelines that will help you draw any type of landscape.
Landscapes Are Too Complex
Landscapes can be complicated, and many are, but they don’t have to be. With a little imagination, good drawing skills, and accurate values, you can turn any subject into a vista. The simple truth is that you can draw a beautiful landscape by concentrating on a single tree, rock, or path.
Only Certain Styles Work With Landscapes
Take a look at these works by landscape artists such as Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and JMW Turner, or at my own pencil and paper drawings.
Only Certain Mediums are Suitable for Landscapes
Wet media such as oils, acrylics, and watercolors are excellent for quick studies and finished landscape paintings, while colored pencils are also excellent for capturing the landscape. Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated!
Not Everyone Can Draw a Landscape
Anyone can draw a landscape; even if all you do is sketch the view from your front porch or out your living room window, it’s a landscape in some way. Don’t be afraid to try landscape drawing; you might be surprised at the results.
My first dedicated landscape drawing was only 5 x 7. It was large enough to draw a decent amount of detail, but small enough that I was able to complete it over the course of two weeks.
Look for a Subject with Character
The ideal subject is one that catches your eye and holds it, and the character of the subject plays a big role in this. For example, if you want to draw driftwood, don’t pick a boring piece of driftwood; instead, look for something unique.
Focus on Composition
The finished art work will look off if the composition is off or unbalanced. This image has been cropped so that the tree is in an ideal location for the rule of thirds, and the horizon is about one-third of the way up the composition, so it isn’t cut in half horizontally.
Don’t Fuss Over Exact Detail
To draw a believable landscape, you don’t need to get every detail exactly right; all you need is to get the “character” of the tree right. Pine trees look different from hardwood trees, and water looks different from mudflats. Look for overall shapes.
Work Upside Down
Turn your drawing and reference photo upside down, and you’ll be able to see what’s in the reference photo more clearly.
Work on Small Sections
You’ll see progress even if you only finish an area the size of a postage stamp each day.
Follow the Reference Photo
What is the best way to learn how to draw a landscape?
Still Not Convinced You can Do Draw a Landscape?
Even if all you draw is a branch on a tree, the horizon line, or a nearby group of stones, you’ve made a start. I’m focusing on landscape drawing this month, so if there’s a topic you’d like me to address, leave a comment below or send me an email.
How do you make a colored pencil landscape?
To get the best effect, press hard on your light green pencil as you get closer to the mountains in the background; as you get further back, press lighter on the pencil; then take your light blue and press hard as you color in the background mountains, as well as some blue into the foreground mountains.
How do you draw dirt with colored pencils?
For sandy soils, an even color layer and a light touch are best; use the side of the pencil and two or three layers for best results. For coarser soils or gravel, try a found texture like concrete or sand paper.
Can you use baby oil to blend colored pencils?
Grab some cotton swabs and a small container of baby oil, then hold the cotton swab like a pencil and rub it on the colored area with the same amount of pressure you used to color. The colored pencil strokes will start to smooth out and blend together like magic!
How do professionals use colored pencils?
Colored pencils are commonly used by artists in their drawings because they offer a wide range of possibilitiesu2014especially in terms of color. While many professional sets come with a variety of beautiful colors, you can layer them to add even more dimension to your work.
How do you make colored pencil texture?
Using hatching and cross-hatching, stippling (tapping), circular strokes, and random strokes, layer colors to create texture. Each layer of color adds depth to the texture, creating light and dark patterns that mimic the texture of your subject.
How do you dye a tree with crayons?
- Draw the outline of a tree with many branches with a pencil.
- Imagine where the light hits the tree.
- Fill in the rest of the leaves with green.
- Color the branches and part of the trunk with dark brown.
- Imagine where the tree’s darkest shadows would be.
What color is the bark on a tree?
The concentration of tannins in particular gives bark a reddish brown color, similar to that of a cup of black tea; another factor is the thickness of a tree’s bark; some species, like ironbark, have dark, deep-ridged bark.