A helpfull tutorial for those who are either novices , or just want to know more about drawing landscapes.Ideal for mouse users (as me) and tablet users as well. Hope it will help you indeed :D ;)
Firstly , choose a quite simple picture to start with landscapes , if you find them hard. This tutorial is based on an older drawing of mine made with the flash tool.
Start by choosing a background color.. then choose the colors you would like to use: in this example the colors for the water. Separate the water and the sky with an element: some rocks , mountains , hills (not absolutely necessarely) . Try to use smooth transparncy when you start to shape things such as mountains,or to get a cool effect on the water.
If you want you can use some grids to make the drawing look more cool , as i did in this case with two black ones.
The next step is texturising the water , using the fill tool , with a tone of blue , using transparency around 30%. Keep on texturising it and adding more color.
Then start coloring the sky with almost the same colors as the water.. to get a unitar look and to have the reflections in the water making sense,right? :)
Use the airbrush with transparency again , and do the light at the top of the mountains. Then try to do a smooth reflection of the mountains into the water.
It is not necesarely to use always a black reflection.Play a bit with your imagination.In this case i chose a bolder green to do it.
It is time to clarrify a bit more the sky , using the fill tool this time , creating some clouds. You can either choose them to be darker or lighter. i chose them to be lighter in this landscape , because it would've matched the drawing overall apearance more.
Try to make the mountains stand out a bit more , by going over with layers of black fill tool with transparency.
Then texturise the water a bit more , using darker shades of color.. You should use both fill tool and the smallest pencil to do it. It would add a nice detailed effect.
Go over the lighter spots of the water with darker shades , and over the darker areas with lighter shades.Just to blend them a bit more together.
After keeping texturising the water and adding darker shades of color (using either airbrush or a large sized pencil) , try to shade more the clouds with darker airbrush colors to add more depth and make them more realistic.
Then start adding details , like the birds,sticks & leaves in this case. As the landscape is pretty bright , you should do them as black as you can ,cause the light would hit these pieces from the back , so they cannot be shaded brighter in the front.As well , it is good to balance a bit the composition.
At the end keepn on adding the leaves and the other details , to make it look finished.
And don't forget that a stylish background is always more eye catchy than a simple one.
Don't go over the top though!
I hope this tutorial was helpful enough for you guys.
Have fun drawing!