How to draw a landscape with color pencils?

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How to draw a landscape with color pencils?
Sharpened colour pencils layer the drawing well. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Landscape is an area of a land that of four elements: physical, living, human and transitory. Landscape art can either be taken by a camera or drawn, and typically include mountains, trees, rivers and valleys. To draw a landscape with colour pencils, you need to first consider the elements to be included in the work. The drawing should have uniformity to give it a complete look. The kind of colour pencils used enhances the strokes. Dark and light colours, number of objects, its scale and emphasis on certain parts will give the picture its finishing look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Colour pencils
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Graphite pencil
  • Sharpener
  • Colourless blender
  • Desk brush

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    Drawing the Landscape

  1. 1

    Choose your colour pencils. They can be Wax, oil or water soluble colour pencils.

  2. 2

    Choose the type of surface you want to draw on. Paper can either be rough or smooth.

  3. 3

    Choose what you want to include in your drawing. Examples include background, centre piece, complimenting objects and the scale of these objects.

  4. 4

    Use a sharpened graphite pencil for simple sketching of the landscape. Make sure that the sketch is not very dark and use the pencil lightly. Usually the centre piece is bigger in size and the complementing objects are smaller in scale. Make sure to draw the items in such a way that the whole picture gives a balanced look.

  5. 5

    Colour the picture starting from the background. Use different pencil strokes to fill the landscape strikingly.

  6. 6

    Colour and shade the centre piece of the landscape and highlight it by using different colours and shading techniques. Blend in the colours well by using the colourless blender to give the landscape a uniform feel. Use different arrangement of colours to shade the complimentary objects in the drawing.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose the right colour pencil for a surface that corresponds well.
  • Try different pencil strokes before drawing the landscape.
  • Start from a distance and work toward the foreground so that the objects that overlap look more blended and natural.
  • Some artists suggest using mirror to see the picture reflection rather than looking at the final picture directly and helps in analysing.
  • Be sure to use a desk brush to ensure that no remains of eraser or coloured pencils are left in your drawing area.
  • Using an unsharpened pencil will not give the crisp lines an image or a scene.
  • Too many colours in one object will reflect a puzzled look.
  • Drawing rare and unfamiliar objects conflict with the simplicity of a landscape.

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