Drawing simple landscapes with pen and ink is a great way to spend your time creatively and is surprisingly easy to learn. In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how you can draw different elements of nature like trees, stones, mountains, water, cloud etc. One main hurdle for any new comer to art is how to begin. With that in mind, I provide ‘templates‘, that can be used to practice drawing with pen and ink. By ‘template’, I mean a ‘lightened’ version of my drawing in which the lines are faintly visible. These templates provide a great starting point as you don’t have to worry about the composition but simply pick up a pen and practice pen lines and marks based on accompanying instructions.
As with any art, practice is key to improving. The ‘templates’ will make it easier for you to get started but your improvement will depend on the practice you put in it. Any black pen in the beginning will do. Even cheap ballpoint pens are sufficient. You can even choose to use colour pens or even colour the drawing in the end. My aim is to give you an easy start but then you should follow your creative instincts.
I provide tutorials and templates for different elements of nature and also for complete landscapes. You can either start with tutorials and practice different elements of nature and then attempt landscapes or you can even start with simple landscapes to get feel for pen and ink drawing and then study different elements in depth. Instructions are provided in all cases. I will also be happy to provide personal feedback if that will help you
You can start by following along in a completely free course I have created that uses content from this website and my YouTube channel to create a structured and guided way for beginners and others to start with pen and ink drawing. You can find video overview of course here and link to actual course here. The course focuses on drawing landscapes with trees primarily. You can use tutorials below to create your own journey instead.
Detailed step by step illustrated tutorials with templates to practice are provided for drawing different elements of nature:
Go to Tutorials:
After learning to draw elements individually in tutorials, next step is to learn how simple but pleasing compositions can be done by using different elements together. This is covered here along the with video demonstration of the steps involved. Following are some of the compositions that are covered along with their video demonstration on my YouTube channel.
After studying compositions and watching the video demonstrations, you can find further examples in ‘mini landscapes’ to further practice drawing elements of nature and to build your confidence in initial stages of learning. These can be completed in relatively short time and are really fun and satisfying to do. There are over 20 mini landscapes available to practice along with their templates. Following are some of them.
Go to Mini Landscapes
Step by Step Landscape Drawing:
I publish bi-weekly posts that show how to do a simple pen and ink drawing in a step by step manner. Check out my old step by step pen and ink drawing posts and try some for a feel of pen and ink drawing. You can also subscribe to them.
I have 2 Levels of templates. Level 1 is for the beginners and focuses on simple landscapes. Instructions are provided for finishing the templates but the expectation is that the user will consult tutorials and further study my finished work to understand the kind of strokes used and incorporate them in their attempt. Level 2 templates are for more advanced users.
Level 1 templates are simple enough and can be attempted without any experience of drawing with pen. After attempting them, you can then study individual elements in depth in the tutorials. Instructions are provided in all cases.
Remember that every person has their own unique style for pen lines and hence their finished work will have their own uniqueness. You should NOT aim to get your finished work mimicking mine, but rather focus on understanding the kind of pen strokes used and apply them to the templates to create finished work that reflects your creativity. Don’t get discouraged. If the results are not to your liking, then try again.
Following Level 1 templates are currently available. Click here to download them and to get instructions for finishing them.
Level 2 templates are for more advance users and following 3 templates are currently available.
Go to Level 2 Templates.
I will be regularly adding new templates and tutorials. If you would like to be notified of any new addition, pl. send me your email address in the form below. I would also like to hear from you regarding your finished work based on these templates and would try to display them on this site.
Have fun and don’t hesitate to reach out to me for any assistance.
Please note that all my drawings and templates are my copyright and are solely provided for your own personal use. Any kind of commercial use, including redistribution for sale or inclusion in any other website is Strictly forbidden. Pl. contact me if you wish to use them for any educational and commercial use.