The higher your viewpoint, the larger and grander the landscape you can encompass. This picture, after the painting of the Niagara Falls by Heinrich Fuseli in 1776, is possibly one of the largest and grandest landscapes you could ever draw. I have used a mixture of watercolour and coloured inks to recreate it. First, float on some flat areas of watercolour and then draw in a few details in coloured inks to define the scene more clearly. The position of the artist was high enough to observe the whole sweep of Niagara, plus the distant landscape with the river winding its way towards the Falls from the Great Lakes. In the original, Fuseli had the figure of a Native American standing in the foreground to give some idea of scale, but the tall pine trees on the lower bank give a decent sense of scale as well.

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Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

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