In this post we will learn to quickly draw a receding landscape. By receding landscape, I mean a drawing where viewer’s eyes can travel from foreground all the way to distant horizon. This gives a nice sense of distance and depth to the drawing. By using different combination of elements very pleasing such receding landscapes can be easily drawn from imagination.
Step 1: Define the Ground
Start by giving definition of ground from foreground all the way to distant background. Notice how different ‘plain lines‘ are used below to define different plains comprising foreground to the background.
I will use coniferous trees as my main elements in this drawing. Next I add indication of coniferous trees. Ones closer to viewer are bigger in size. They become smaller as they go out to the distant background due to perspective.
Step 2: Texture Trees
Next add more trees behind. Make sure the reduction in size of trees with distance per perspective reinforces the feeling of distance and depth.
Add more trees to your liking. Keep the distribution asymmetrical to add viewing interest.
Step 3: Add Ground Contour and Other Elements
To further bring out the curved form of ground, contour lines can be added as shown below. This helps to bring out the form of the ground. This is further discussed in detail in vol 6 of my workbook.
These steps are further discussed in detail in vol 6 of my pen and ink drawing workbook series. Once you understand and practice these steps to draw a receding landscape, you will be able to easily put together such a drawing from your imagination. Other elements like stones, mountains, hills etc. can also be easily added to give it more interest.
Hope you find this tutorial useful and inspiring. If so, do let me know. Share this with others who might like to try doing such drawings as well.