Spring is coming in my neck of woods and what better way to celebrate its arrival than to capture it on paper with simple pleasing drawings of new spring growth. In this post, I show how spring landscapes can be easily drawn with 3 drawings. Grab a pen and paper and join in the fun. Use the template provided at the end to try these drawings.
Step 1: Draw Outline
In the first drawing, tall twigs are used as the central elements. Start by drawing their outline as shown below.
Step 2: Texture Using 2 Tone Technique
When the size of trunks, branches, or tall twigs in this case, is too small, proper bark stroke can’t be used to texture it. In this case, simply darken one end in an irregular manner to give form/volume to the twigs. At bigger size we use 3 tones (dark, middle and light) or more to texture, but at smaller size 2 tones (light and dark) as shown below are used. This is discussed in detail here and here.
Click on the drawing to see use of 2 tone technique is detail.
One twigs in front are drawn and textured, other twigs can be added in between to give it volume.
Step 3: Add Spring Foliage
After the outline, foliage is added to bring out the feel of spring. Adding foliage is discussed in detail in foliage tutorial and I would highly recommend you go through it to understand core aspects of it. In summary, keep following 2 things in mind.
- There should be no feel of ‘straightness’ in depiction of foliage. Use irregular tapered shapes as discussed in the foliage tutorial.
- Vary the density of foliage (again irregularly) to give it volume.
These steps are shown below. Click on the drawing to see them in detail.
Step 4: Create Backdrop
A backdrop usually needs to be indicated in a landscape where our eyes can rest. A simple and very effective way is to use angular parallel lines as shown below. If you are not comfortable with drawing parallel lines, then other options are discussed later.
Step 5: Finish
Other elements can be added to increase visual interest as shown below. Notice also that I have added a darker tone of foliage to left side to give some variation in foliage tone. This dark areas act as focal points and makes the drawing interesting and also gives foliage volume as discussed earlier.
This completes drawing of this spring landscape. As you can imagine, limitless variations on this can be done by changing size and density of both twigs and foliage. We next look at landscapes with use of more elements to increase visual interest.
Here is another drawing that follows the same steps to create spring feel but uses pine trees and water to make it more interesting. Once you learn to draw individual elements of nature using my free tutorials, you will be able to combine different elements in this manner and create such a drawing from your imagination.
Steps to draw it are shown below. Click to see in detail.
A great way to add interest in a landscape drawing is to draw in layers. Start with a small foreground element behind which you can add other progressively bigger elements to create ‘visual layers’. Our visual perception travels these layers and enjoy the process resulting in what we call ‘visual appeal’. In the drawing below, I have used small foreground bush, taller spring trees behind it and pine trees in the background to give it layers of depth and visual interest. Closer foreground trees are used as well to give more perception of depth. A backdrop of mountain and Sky gives it a finishing touch.
Steps for drawing this landscape are shown below. Click to see it in detail.
This completes this tutorial on drawing spring landscapes where we looked at 3 drawings to draw spring landscapes step by step. Use the template to attempt these drawings. There is nothing better than sitting outside capturing the beauty of emerging spring with pen on paper. Try them today.
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