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Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Drawing, Fresh Trends, Tutorials

10 Best Tutorials for Drawing Landscapes

Article by Win Phyo – Today we dive in YouTube and find 10 brilliant tutorials that will help you drawing landscapes better and improve your overall skills.

Drawing is a discipline that we ought to develop constantly within the profession, especially if it is not our strongest asset. Sketching out our ideas is ultimately the first fruition of our designs before we stare into our computer screens to portray the perfection of our ideas. As Pablo Picasso once said: “Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.

Drawing is one of those things that requires skill, which is ultimately developed through spending hours and hours improving on the craft. Since the categories of elements contained within landscapes can stretch far and wide, studying it through drawing can reveal many facets you have not otherwise discovered or noticed before. This can be a joyful experience.

With this in mind, here are the best tutorials for drawing landscapes to inspire your inner artist and get you working on this timeless craft.

Drawing Landscapes Like a Pro

10. The Graphite Powder Technique

WATCH >>> How to Draw Landscapes, The Graphite Powder Technique.

This simple video demonstrates repetitive techniques for drawing landscapes using graphite powder. The highlights of the technique include creating the initial background with graphite before sculpting the tree trunks with an eraser and creating details with lead pencils. The beautiful result is a drawing full of tone, texture, and atmosphere that transports the viewer to the setting.

9. Oil Pastel Landscape Demonstration

WATCH >>> Oil Pastel Landscape Demonstration

Oil pastels can be another challenging medium to work with. This quality tutorial is quick, but demonstrates a clear way of drawing in this medium and creating a success story out of it. The artist also highlights the importance of drawing landscapes as an illusion of an atmosphere you want to create, rather than producing an exact replica of the scenery.

8. Charcoal Pencil Landscape Sketching

WATCH >>> How to Draw with Charcoal Pencils – Landscape Sketching

Using charcoal can be a daunting experience at first because of its dark, unforgiving tones, which can also easily create a mess. This is a very detailed tutorial that shows a rewarding experience of drawing with charcoal, guiding us to study the light and textural details that come with drawing the landscape.

7. Chalk Pastel Drawings

WATCH >>> GREAT RUSSIAN 19th century artist chalk pastels drawing sandpaper мелки пастель Шишкин Лесные дали

Containing no spoken explanation but using a great video angle, the artist shows us how to draw a mountainside landscape using chalk and sandpaper. Sandpaper is a perfect companion for chalk, and we can see the ease that comes with blending colors using this medium.

6. Greytone Picture with 5 Pastel Pencils

WATCH >>> How to Draw a Greytone Picture with 5 Pastel Pencils

Artist Colin Bradley uses five grey tones of pastel pencils to create a rural landscape drawing. We love his videos so much, two of his videos have been chosen in this feature! He articulates the consideration of light when drawing and the best places to use darker and lighter tones. This video will definitely fill your mind with new drawing knowledge.

5. How to Draw a Waterfall Using Charcoal

WATCH >>> How to draw a Waterfall / charcoal / landscapes #20

This is an inspiring tutorial showing how expressive you can be drawing a waterfall landscape with two contrasting charcoal colors of white and black on colored paper. Although charcoal is not good for creating a lot of details, it can be useful for producing bold drawings and conveying movement and atmosphere extremely well. The end result is beautiful and, more importantly, teaches the viewer that drawing can also be a quick process.

4. How to Draw a Landscape Using Pastel Pencils

WATCH >>> How To Draw a Landscape – Part 1 – Pastel Pencils

By using pastel pencils, Colin Bradley teaches us how to draw a harbor landscape through simple coloring techniques. His video demonstrates how to thoughtfully choose the colors that the pastel palette provides, creating a contrast between the soft water waves and the textural built landscape. The techniques are also easily applicable for drawing both rural and urban landscapes.

3. How to Draw a Winter Landscape

WATCH >>> Pen & Ink Drawing Tutorials | How to draw a winter landscape

It may be a snowy winter for several of you during this time of the year. As cold as it may be, after watching this tutorial, you may be tempted to capture the winter landscape scene of your area through a sketch. Alphonso Dunn gives a great tip about building up a mental library of scenes before using a creative process of cutting and knitting several elements together to create your own unique drawing using pen and ink.

2. How to Draw an Old City Landscape

WATCH >>> Pen & Ink Drawing Tutorial | How to Draw an Old City Landscape

A lot of the tutorials we have seen are based on a rural landscape. However, an urban landscape scene can challenge us with heightened activities and features. This tutorial is a gentle but beautiful guide to creating a simple capture of an urban landscape using pen, ink, and simple mark-making techniques in an almost cartoon-like manner.

1. Landscape Painting with Pastels

WATCH >>> Landscape Painting with Pastels

This is a tutorial worth watching. Not only is the video quality clear, but the artist also clearly communicates the process in a close-up manner that shows the details of his techniques. Pastels can be a challenging medium, but this tutorial shows how it can be a brilliant tool that can be used to bring more vibrancy into our drawings.

A lot of knowledge can be gained from watching these videos. After all, they are the best tutorials for drawing landscapes! Jokes aside, the featured artists have shown how they draw landscapes using their techniques and the different mediums they work with. They also tell a collective message to us about some of the important factors in drawing landscapes.

As mentioned in the beginning, the fundamental part of the process lies in using our creative tendencies to filter out the relevant and irrelevant parts of the landscape for the purpose of the drawing. The drawing may be done using a reference picture or straight from the scene, but since you are the artist, don’t forget that the essence of the drawing comes from using your own imagination instead of creating a rigid replica of the scene.

We hope you enjoyed watching the videos and gained an immense amount of insight. Now it is down to you to refine your craft. Happy drawing!

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