landscape Drawing Tutorial

Simple Winter Tree Scene c:

Learn to draw a tree in winter, and then add your own special touch at the end!

Tutorial category: landscape  
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Tools used: Photoshop, but you can use anything c:




Step 1


Start with a light gray canvas, and then use your airbrush. Set the transparency at about 50-70%, and then take a lighter gray and carefully go over the bottom half of the drawing. Then take an almost-white and touch up. It should look kind of like a gradient: the sky is gray and then it gets brighter as it gets closer to you!

Finally draw a blob in the bottom third of your drawing. Make it fat in the middle, pinched at the edges, and kind of lumpy.


Step 2

Next, the trunk! Draw it up from your lumpy blob. Don't worry about being detailed at this point, just get in the main thick branches.

Set your pen's transparency to close to 100%, and make it pretty big. Whatever works for you at this step is good.

Notice how it is thick at the bottom and then gets thinner at the top, kind of like a flow chart? one big section breaks off into two or three smaller sections, etc.

Lines in nature are never quite sharp, never quite curved, and look as if they are randomly placed. However, make sure it's balanced on your canvas. This usually means placing the taller of the two sides of the tree near the edge of your canvas rather than in the middle.



Step 3

Now for intersecting branches! Your pen tool should be about a size 2 or 3 for this step.

Randomly draw branches off of your main branches. Don't be afraid of crossing over branches you've already drawn; in fact, this is probably a good thing! Intersect and cross over as much as you can. It will give your tree some depth. C:


Step 4

Now for an even more detailed step. But this one's pretty easy.

All you do is take your pen tool (size 1 this time) and draw lines up from every branch (and especially the ends of each branch!). Draw most of them straight up, but you can also draw them jaggedly left or right and then up to throw in some variation.


Step 5

Now for a detailed-er step! Tree bark!

Choose a nice dark brown/gray colour. Make sure your pen tool is still on size 1 and set your transparency to about 70-80%.

Starting at the bottom of the trunk, use long, kind of curvy strokes to define the bark. You can even add in some swirly things as long as there are only one or two of them and they are taller than they are wide. Make sure you aren't hiding too much of the black tree trunk, though! It shouldn't be solid.

Move to the branches next and go over a couple of the larger ones. But not all! Just the ones you want to be at the "front" of your tree. Not shading in some of them will make them into "background" or "behind the tree" branches.



Step 6

Hang tight! This is the last-est step guys!

For this last step, we're going to add even more definition to the bark. Choose a light brown/gray colour. Keep your pen at size 1 and 70% transparency.

This step is much like the last one except that you are going to make less lines (and no loops)! Since it is such a bright colour you won't need much of it to pop out.

Go over the places you put the most of your lines in the last step on the trunk. Use it sparingly in the branches! Only a few lines will be perfect! Any more than that, and your tree will be straaaange.

~When you're done with that step, take your pen down to about 40-50% transparency. Your colour should be black.

See those little dots on the ground? Yup. That's what you're doing now. (zooming in for this step would probably be helful). Make some short horizontal lines and some dots.

Remember that lumpy blob back in step one? Well, you're essentially drawing the same shape, only bigger. And uh, with little lines and dots rather than filling it in.


Step 7

Ok, I lied. THIS is the last step. C:

But really, it's optional and completely up to your creativity. If you're satisfied with your tree, you don't have to take it this extra step. But if you think it's lacking something, well then, go for it!

Add an apple, a leaf, a ribbon, or some icicles. Or, you know, whatever you want! Use your imagination and come up with something cool! C: And then show me!

>>>Usually whatever you draw you will use at least THREE shades of the same colour. They are:
-> the colour of the object to draw in the basic shape of the object (pen tool 80-100% transparency)
-> a darker shade of that colour to shade in the shadow (pen tool 30-50% transparency)
-> a lighter shade of the colour to detail in some highlights (transparency 20-40%) (pen tool size 1-2)

Then use black, size 1, transparency 80-100% to outline it!

Yey! You're done! Pat yourself on the back for your awesomeness! And then show your picture to me so I can add it to my favorites!


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