A Landscape Drawing Lesson AND Free Caran d’Ache Pencils!

Welcome to your chance to win a set of quality drawing pencils from Caran d’Ache! To celebrate this special offer, we’re sharing the following free excerpt from Drawing for the Absolute Beginner by Mark and Mary Willenbrink. Featured is a step-by-step landscape drawing lesson on composition. 

In the comments below, tell us: If you could travel anywhere in the world just for drawing landscapes, where you would love to go? Leave a comment and you’ll be automatically entered to win* the Caran d’Ache drawing set!

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Landscape Drawing | A Step-by-Step Drawing Lesson for Beginners

By Mark and Mary Willenbrink 

To a beginner, full compositions can seem overwhelming. Just remember, most elaborate drawings are just a grouping of smaller drawings. This particular drawing is made up of three main subjects: the building, the tree left of the building and the sheep. Approach it with the idea that each is a separate drawing that contributes to the whole. Take your time, be patient with yourself and enjoy the process. 

Must-Have Drawing Materials
• 4H, HB, 4B graphite pencils
• 14″ × 11″ (36cm × 28cm) medium tooth drawing paper
• Drawing board
• Kneaded eraser
• Straightedge, triangle or angle ruler
• Value scale

Optional, But Not to Be Overlooked:
• Dividers, proportional dividers or sewing gauge
• Pencil sharpener
• White vinyl eraser

For Beginners: How to Draw a Landscape

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Step 1: Draw the Basic Shapes

With a 4H pencil, lightly sketch a rectangle for the basic shape of the springhouse, then add a line for the roof’s edge and another line for the front corner of the house. This may be a good time to get out your straightedge to help you draw accurate lines. Sketch the grass line, tree trunk, leaf canopy and ovals for the sheeps’ bodies.

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Step 2: Add the Window, Door and Roof Lines

Using the 4H pencil and your straightedge, add the window and door to the springhouse along with angles to the roof. You may want to use an angle ruler to check your angles.

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Step 3: Add Details to the Building and Tree

With the 4H pencil, add more lines to define the springhouse, including additional overhang to the right side. Erase any unnecessary guidelines with a kneaded eraser. Sketch in more of the tree’s structure, tapering the smaller branches that grow away from the trunk.

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Step 4: Add Definition to the Trees, Foliage and Sheep

With a 4H pencil, add more branches. Sketch the basic shapes of the tree’s foliage and the brushes and shrubs along the house. Sketch the heads and legs of the sheep.

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Step 5: Refine the Sheep and Trees

Use the 4H pencil to refine the sheep by adding ears and filling out the basic shapes of their legs. Begin shading the leaves of the tree with a 4H pencil. Create texture by applying scribbles with short, broad strokes with the pencil tip flat against the paper, going back and forth. Use this same technique for the shrubbery. Check your values with the value scale and make adjustments as necessary.

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Step 6: Add Shading and Grass

Add shading to the springhouse, sheep and foliage. Use the 4H pencil for the lighter shading and the HB pencil for the darker shading. Notice that the springhouse is darker on the left side because it is in shadow.

With 4H and HB pencils, add grass to the foreground and shade the sheep further. Make the body of the sheep on the far left dark and keep the grass around it light for contrast. The bodies of the other two sheep are light, so make the grass around them darker with an HB pencil. By doing this, you won’t have to rely on outlines to define the sheep; instead, they are defined by contrast. Check your work with the value scale.

Landscape drawing tutorial | Mark Willenbrink, ArtistsNetwork.com

Step 7: Add the Darkest Darks and Finishing Details

Make any adjustments to the shading and details with the 4H and HB pencils. Use the 4B pencil for the darkest darks, such as the window and door openings and shadow areas of the tree. Check the range of your lights and darks with your value scale and make any necessary changes. Sign and date your drawing.

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*Comment below and tell us where you’d love to visit to draw beautiful landscapes. We’ll choose a random winner (must be a U.S. resident) on March 31, 2017, to receive a FREE set of Caran d’Ache pencils for drawing. Good luck!


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211 thoughts on “A Landscape Drawing Lesson AND Free Caran d’Ache Pencils!

  1. musicgirl66

    I would love to go back to China and sketch the Great Wall, Alas, I’ll have to make do with the photos I took on previous trips. Otherwise, anywhere and old barn might be.

  2. Ssimonta

    Tibet. The Himalayan Mountains, the monastaries, flags flapping in the wind… The monks, the people, and animals moving about the area getting on with living life. To be able to archive on paper, with pencil, the majesty and mysticism of such a place would be nirvana. What a blessing to experience.

  3. SFielden

    I’d like to sketch Marin County, California…
    Coastal areas, small towns, dairy cattle, wildlife, lighthouse, hiking trails and all sorts of enjoyable things.

  4. Pipaforart

    Of course my “auld home town” Clifden Ireland is the place most teeming with landscapes asking to be drawn. The rocky hills, the wild Atlantic, the town itself and the horses, ah the horses! Going home for 3 weeks in September. Would love new drawers to capture my lovely views.

  5. LizD

    The Sonoran Desert would be my choice. I was born in Arizona and spent my early childhood there. The Sonoran is the only place in the world where the saguaro cactus grows wild. It dips into northwestern Mexico and is the hottest desert in Mexico. It is a hot and rugged place, full of surprising landscapes of vegetation, rock faces, mesas, escarpments, and an ever-changing sky. When storms roll across the desert, the looming clouds are a masterpiece of God’s artistry. After the storms pass, there are often masses of wildflowers that carpet the desert floor. It is truly amazing to see the stately saguaro standing among a sea of color. If you want to sample the beauty of the Sonoran, check out a copy of Arizona Highways magazine. The American southwest has more to offer than the uninitiated might suspect.

  6. ginnystiles

    My place for sketching is urban settings…I particularly like small amazing towns with interesting architecture. Mount Dora, FL is a favorite spot.

  7. smitharroyo

    I have always wanted to visit the South of France and spend my time drawing and painting. This would be the ultimate location to create and explore with all my artist materials!!

  8. Babscreative

    I am blessed with a large lot featuring numerous large and mature tress mixed with some young ones in the couple of more open spaces. I enjoy sitting right on my back deck and drawing what beauty is revealed to me at that time. Awesome prize. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. silent_samurai

    Anywhere there are mountains or interesting rock formations. I love the beauty and majesty in God’s creation especially in mountains. I’ve been to the mountains several times, but I’ve never really sketched there. I saw that someone else said Monument Valley and I would love to go there and draw too.

  10. Toril

    I would like to go home to Norway, where I haven’t been for 15 years. There is so much wonderful nature to draw and paint there – and all the rock and year-round snow on the mountain tops would be perfect for monochrome drawings.

  11. lizajane

    I have always wanted to see/draw Iceland, but I am happy just to walk out my back door and find inspiration from the ancient Appalachian mountains.

  12. markt1809

    Italy France and Germany are all good., they all have beautiful landscapes as well as street scenes, each have varying characteristics and interesting textures. as well, South America, India (Asia in general) have varied and interesting landscapes, temples and peoples to draw. i think i could definitely fill a travel sketch book with all of those subjects! Simply Greatness.

  13. MichelleHorgan

    Aix en Provence would be my dream. Seeing the light that many amazing impressionists saw, smelling the lavender and just simply living the history of my favourite artists.

  14. luckyripa69

    I would love to bring my new techniques, from lessons acquired from the Artists Network, and new Caran D’Ache art pencils to Lake Powell, Arizona. I’ve often envisioned attempting to draw the majestic landscape at the base of the Grand Canyon. I’ve completed several drawing lessons at http://www.artistsnetwork.com and I feel prepared to tackle this dream! Hunter Ripa