landscape Drawing Tutorial

How to draw Winter Scene

From this tutorial, you will learn how to create a winter scene. This is the easy and can be drawn by mouse.

Tutorial category: landscape  
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Tools used: RMD create drawing tools
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Winterland by CyanSnow




Step 1

Fill the canvas with the very pale blue colour (almost close to white as shown in figure).


Step 2

choose any dark blue to build the horizontal line. Draw it with the low transparency (between 5-8). The line need not necessarily be straight or parallel, because places on our Earth isn't flat everywhere, so the slight slant will be ideal. But... AVOID TOO slant.



Step 3

On "guide", draw another line to seperate the land and 'frozen sea' (ice rink).
Now, on "canvas", with pencil, current transparency and colour; draw the slight curves along the 'guide' line.
Now go back to guide layout to 'undo' the 'guide' line.

If you still can't understand 'what' curve to draw, you will see it well in step 4...


Step 4

With 'fill' tool, dark blue(shown in figure) and current transparency; draw the clouds. It should not look like mountain or hill, rather it should look like bushes.


Step 5

Again with transparency 14-16, and current colour; starting from the horizontal line, draw another cloud higher than the previous.

It needn't match like the shadow with the initial cloud.



Step 6

move the colour meter around 'dark blue' colour section.
Select airbrush and 4th thinkness.
Choose the colour blackish blue as in figure.
Now spray the air brush over the edges of the previous two cloud. Next inside them to create the 'cloudish' effect.
And then, Draw the third cloud edge. Pay heed as it should not be very dark by over colouring..


Step 7

Create many other clouds\cloudish effects until you get the desired effect.
Tip: while creating it, move your mouse in the 'mini curves' like the first cloud edges.


Step 8

Pick the first cloud colour; and with it draw some more clouds clouds using airbrush. Those clouds shouldn't reach higher, rather it should be almost near first\second cloud. Because dark layer of clouds are at the bottom followed by lighter towards to top.
Adjust the transparency to 15-30, airbrush thickness, and draw some more cloud strokes, until the sky looks cloudy.

Pay heed to the ink, to save it, stop drawing some more clouds when the ink reduces by 2 or 3.


Step 9

On guide layout, divide the ice rink with the lines as shown in figure.
This will make it look like the land is kinda far.
Go the colour meter to the 'light blue' section and select the true light blue as shown in figure.
On canvas layout, With line and with 3rd thinkness draw the lines to shade the ice rink. It needn't start from land to the end...small lines anywhere is enough, however make sure they are going towards the direction of guided lines...


Step 10

Shade more lines with: random transparencies between 1-60, random line thickness except the 6th, random light ice-ish blue colours like pure white, pale grey, true ligth blues, etc.
Stop it when your rink looks almost like in figure, and then Remove the guide lines by going to guide layout and undo-ing.


Step 11

Select the white, not pure white, but milkish as shown. set the transparency to 55-60 and with airbrush colour all over the ice rink.


Step 12

With the current settings, spray near the edges and in the left-bottom corners as shown.
Now select the fill tool and do the same over those areas.


Step 13

Pick the background colour, ie the colour which you have set to the canvas in the beginning.
Set transparency to 30 and fill the complete ice rink.


Step 14

Now to build the snow on the land...
Pick the milk-ish white and fill the land, no need to fill carefully inside the edges, let it slip little... =p


Step 15

Select pure white, airbrush and 2nd thinkness; and highlight around the edges of the land as shown.


Step 16

Select the fill tool and draw some 'cap' shapes over the land to make it look like snow.


Step 17

Now go the colour meter to dark blue section and select the pale grey (NOT the one shown in figure) 25 transparency, pencil and 2nd thickness; and draw over the ending edges of the land as shown.

Now select the shown pale violet colour and with airbrush; spray darker near the horizontal end of the land and lighter over the areas of the land, as shown.


Step 18

Select the pure white and fill tool.
Start filling the corner of the cloud where you want the sun to be. then fill over it exceeding little higher, again towards another highest point, then lower towards down, then another down and so on; as marked by the black lines.


Step 19

Go the meter to dark blue section and select the blackish blue. set transparency between 5-8 and draw some more dark clouds near the horizon.


Step 20

Make it look like cloudish by shading the edges of all the drawn clouds with airbrush, 2nd thickness. Let the horizon look darker by using dark colours and lighter colours towards the top.
Don't shade much near the white parts because it's the sun's rays.


Step 21

Final Step!

With the 6th thickness and the shown grey colour; shade horizontal clouds.
Viola! Your painting's done now!

I have used up about half of ink to make this, however if it's lesser to you, it'd be better ;)

Now you can add something your own to this image like people skating, snowman on the land, trees, faraway houses, etc

I have added the tree and the falling snow in my drawing [ LINK ]


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