What is some advice on drawing landscapes

Drawing landscape pictures - tips & tricks

In this post I will share a few tips, tricks and links on drawing landscape pictures. Of course, there is no patent recipe for special landscape drawings and, as always, it means "take a good look and don't let your senses fool you" ... oh yes, plus practice, practice, practice ;-).
That applies at least to the purely technical part, but landscapes are more multifaceted. Therefore, the tips and tricks that I have written down here can certainly help you when drawing landscapes.



Tips & tricks for landscape drawings

First of all, you should be aware of an important difference between a landscape drawing and, for example, a portrait drawing: Drawing a landscape picture is much more mood-dependent. One does not draw a main object 1: 1, but depicts a whole landscape situation, which in turn expresses a certain mood.
The mood can be given e.g. via the weather situation (rain, sun, snow, ...), which is a bit more difficult when drawing than when painting, where you can work with colors. And - not to forget - you have to put yourself in the mood while drawing.

Here is a link to instructions on how to draw landscapes, where you can also find out more about weather situations and types of landscape: Drawing landscapes

But there are other tricks how you can draw landscapes better (but now it gets a little more technical). An important aspect of a landscape is the perspective.
All objects become smaller, the further they are from us. This effect of distance naturally has a very strong effect on landscapes, since we are looking far into the distance. The reduction in size of the objects can be represented relatively easily with a drawing aid: they are called vanishing points.

Perhaps you've heard of perspective drawing with the help of vanishing points. The principle is that all objects get smaller along vanishing lines. These vanishing lines all converge at a point that is far away on the horizon (our landscape). It can be compared to the rays of the sun, which shine from the sun into every nook and cranny of the picture. Only the lines of flight run (at least in your mind) in the other direction.
In the picture below you can see a representation that clarifies the principle


Landscape image using the vanishing point perspective

In the picture above, however, only a very simple form of perspective drawing is shown. There are other variants with multiple vanishing points. I will not go into that here, however, as compensation you will receive a link under which you will find very detailed instructions with tips & tricks for drawing in perspective: Drawing in perspective
This article on spatial drawing could also be helpful: Spatial drawing

Add depth to a landscape

If you want to draw a landscape that should convey a certain depth effect, I have a few very special tips & tricks in store:

  • First you should choose a landscape that allows a view into the depths or into the distance. I think that's the basic requirement for a landscape with depth.
  • Then you should ideally draw objects in the landscape that appear repeatedly at different distances in the picture - in a row if you want. In a landscape drawing, for example, a forest edge with a number of trees but also columns and many other objects are suitable. With the help of the vanishing point perspective you can create great depth effects in the drawing.
  • Similar to this is the trick with the path going front to back and disappearing on the horizon (I think you know what I'm talking about). It is particularly good if you draw a path (road, path) that is not dead straight, as this type of image composition tempts the eye to quickly "leave" the image. The view follows the street and thus out of the picture. So you'd better draw a path that meanders through the whole landscape. The eye of the beholder scans the whole landscape.
  • Another tip from me would be to blur objects that are very distant. This increases the realism of your landscape and corresponds to human perception.

Drawing after a painting by Carl Rottmann - Hintersee

There are so many more tips and tricks that you could consider when drawing a landscape picture. But I don't want to go beyond the scope of this article - a lot of text has already been written here ;-). If I ever write a "Part 2" about drawing landscapes, I'll put it all into it. Until then....

further link tips:

Step-by-step instructions for a landscape picture (on this website)
Drawing landscapes - tips & tricks for drawing landscapes (on kunstkurs-online.de)
Landscape drawings - online gallery with landscape drawings (on sippel.de)