6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Landscape Pencil Drawings!

From rocks, mountains and trees, to rushing and still water, you’ll love these achievable landscape pencil drawing lessons from favorite art instructor, Claudia Nice!

After a review of art materials, such as drawing paper, a range of pencils and the marks they make,  erasers, and more, Claudia takes you through steps to draw landscape elements in this unique drawing tutorial!

Drawing Tip 1: Eliminate Potato Rocks!

Use sandpaper or even real rocks with crags and fossils to create realistic textures from rubbings with your pencils. Use contrasts of light and dark to create nooks and crannies in your rocks. And pay attention to edges–use your paper stump for soft, smooth planes on your rocks, and lay in hard lines to denote direction and sharp angles where rock changes like a fold, or breaks.

Draw textures for smooth and rough rocks in your landscape pencil drawings.

Use sandpaper, contrast, and edge control to draw textures for smooth and rough rocks.

Drawing Tip 2: Make Majestic Mountains & Hillsides

From evergreens on a distant hillside, to snowy and rocky crags in mountains, Claudia shows you a variety of drawing techniques to help bring that sense of majesty to your landscape drawings with exciting backgrounds. Use directional pencil strokes and scribbles to create groups of trees in the distance, smoothing out the texture with a paper stump to push trees into the distance.

Use pencil direction and paper stumps for landscape pencil drawings of trees in the distance.

Pay attention to pencil direction and use paper stumps for drawing trees in the distance.

Drawing Tip 3: Draw Scribbled, Not Stylized, Evergreen Trees

It’s easy to draw evergreen trees with Claudia’s friendly lessons. First draw the trunk, then the triangular outer shape, then add in the branches lightly as the foundation. This is your foundation. Then fill in the needles with a loose scribble stroke and value contrasts. *Don’t forget the branches coming at you–adding these will make your tree less stylized and more realistic!

Use changes in value, contrast, and a variety of scribbles for landscape pencil drawings of blue spruce.

Use changes in value, contrast, and a variety of scribbles to draw this blue spruce.

Drawing Tip 4: Use Contour Lines for Deciduous Trees

Start your complicated tree drawings with a light outline of the trunk, branches, and leaves. Then fill in with contour strokes and a variety of pencil pressure for darker and lighter passages. When you pay attention to the direction of your stroke and make sure it follows the form of the tree, you’ll see realistic results.

Use contour lines and contrasts for realistic landscape pencil drawings of trees.

Use contour lines and contrasts for realistic pencil drawings of trees.

 

Drawing Tip 5: Use Deliberate, Straight Lines for Still Water

Drawing still water is just a matter of learning how to draw reflections and using your pencil stroke to show direction. Leave a white edge at the spot where the water meets the land and then use short, straight, parallel lines to add in the “color” of the water. Make the strokes darker in the water than the subject that is being reflected–objects in the water are always darker.

Draw reflections in still water with parallel pencil strokes for stunning landscape pencil drawings.

Draw reflections in still water with parallel pencil strokes.

Drawing Tip 6: Use Fast Strokes for Foaming, Bubbling Waterfalls

Use your lesson on how to draw rocks to create the foundation of your waterfall scene. Then “be the water” moving your pencil strokes over and around the rocks, using long strokes to show smooth falling water over rocks, and circular scribbles to draw frothy foam. Take it one segment at a time, then use your pencil stump to enhance and add final details with the pencil back on top as needed.

You can draw waterfalls step by step with these landscape pencil drawing techniques.

You can draw waterfalls step by step, and doesn’t hurt to make some frothy, bubbly water sounds while you draw.

 

“I hope drawing the landscape in graphite inspires you to take a walk outside, pencil and sketchpad in hand, and explore the wold around you with the eye of an artist.” ~ Claudia Nice

Check out the preview below, and stream the full-length landscape drawing demonstration here.

 

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