Seeing and Drawing the Landscape

land forms.

3. Making things in the landscape sit down and stay put is merely seeing and drawing them in space. Usually if there is a problem, it is in maintaining a consistent eye level and drawing things at their relative place above, at, or below eye level.

Back to the Drawing Board

One reason why trees are poorly drawn is because so few artists have realized the need for studying their formation and growth, both as groups and as individuals.

4. Use your experience with perspective, either informal observing, measuring, and drawing of the angles in a structure, or formal perspective and vanishing points, or a hybrid of the two.

5. Find and draw intersecting wedges of land as interesting shapes.

6. Use tone to define big shapes before adding detail.

When you see them as you do people or animals—having gestures, proportion, and shape, as well as growth patterns that will determine how they look and

Aerial perspective helps a great deal in establishing deep space. This can be achieved by allowing the far distance to be less distinct and softer in color, tone, and detail.

Detail up close, on the other hand, is stronger and clearer, more colorful, and full of tone or contrast.

how you draw them—your drawing will improve tremendously.

Whether you're rendering close-up detail or distant perspective, you can use the tear-out reference card checklist to remind you of the steps toward a drawing.

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