2017-09-14. AM 06:18
[SketchBook] Draw a mountain reflected in the lake

Hello, PENPLEs!

We have brought you some drawing tips today as well.
Today, we will get some lessons from @aristina.z for drawing tips.
His drawings always catch one’s eyes with mystic and beautiful style.

Today’s theme is 10 steps of drawing simple landscape, and what we are about to learn today is drawing mountain reflected on lake.
It’s going to be really great to learn how to finish up complicated drawing just in 10 steps.

Now, let’s get started.

TUTORIAL by @aristina.z

Draw a mountain reflected in the lake

with SketchBook

Hey friends this is aristina.z!
I am here to present Part I of my tutorial.
From the time I joined PENUP I have learnt so much from each and everyone of you!

Have seen your wonderful art and unique styles of art out here...have enjoyed great support and lovely feedback from you all, so this my way to thank you all Pen.ple for being there for me!

Difficulty level : pretty easy

Style: Most of us have our own style of drawing.
And those who haven’t found their style yet but are reading this means they are motivated enough...and will soon be making great art too!
I for one am still learning and developing my style and skills.

STEP 1: My first step is choosing a nice color.
depends upon my mood, a suggestion, or seeing a striking color even!
I thought of choosing blue today!!!!
lots of shades...lots of possibilities.
Hence the color gives me an idea of what to draw.
As I love drawing landscapes I decided to draw a landscape with mountains.

TIP ALERT: To get good results do MORE of what makes you happy....it can be doing more of Landscapes, cityscapes or portraits.
The trick is to love what you do and do what you love.

Step 2: I browse through several photos and paintings on google of the subject (in this case mountains)
I am going to draw.
So now there are a lot of reference pictures for inspiration which I can draw digitally in my own style.

TIP ALERT: Always try do something with digital art that a photograph CANNOT do ...or traditional art cannot do....so don’t copy a picture just study it :

STEP 3: On the first layer divide the canvas into 2 halves and on the upper half use the paint brush to put in several shades of blue for the sky.
I will limit the color use to shades of blue here but we can easily use 2 or more different hues.
Use smudge to get an evened out appearance.

TIP ALERT: Limit color use and blend colors and shades to make landscapes look natural.

Step 4: On the second layer pen the mountain range on the upper part and color in the dark shades of blue on left half of each mountains. (as though light is coming from the right side)

TIP ALERT: keep in mind the direction of light and how it bounces off objects.

Step 5: Add a third layer.
On this color the lighter side of the mountains and also add texture by using different brushes.
Add some vegetation (shades of blue green) near the base of the mountains.
Use the different texture brushes e.g. the crayon brush for the mountains.

TIP ALERT: Why use 3 or 4 brushes when you can use more than 80 brushes on sketchbook...try all the brushes.
Reset them...explore and experiment to get great texures.

Step 6: Add layer number 4.
we can easily do it in 2 layers but its time to get comfortable with more layers!
On this layer add snow (greyish white) to the upper half of the mountains with more snow near the mountain peaks and also draw some clouds in the sky.

Add definition to your artwork in this layer if its your final layer.

TIP ALERT: Take one risk(at least)with every new artwork.
Try out something new on a different layer so if it goes wrong you can delete the layer without scrapping the whole artwork.

STEP 6: Time to add the reflection.
Make a copy (duplicate )of the artwork in the gallery section of your sketchbook.
In this duplicate copy use the “merge all” option to merge the layers of the artwork and hide the base color (in this case blue usually its the white layer)

TIP ALERT: Always keep the opacity of every layer below 100 (90 -95%)to give your landscape a better finish.

Step 7: Come back to our original artwork with the 4 layers.
Use the “import image” option to bring the duplicate layer here and then the “flip vertical “option to get it as a mirror image in the lower part.

The gap between the actual image and reflection should be filled by smudging the edge of the imported image.

TIP ALERT: Perseverance, practice and patience are vital.
Its easy to abandon an artwork but much more satisfying to finish it.

Step 8: This duplicate layer will be the layer number 5.
Reduce the opacity of this layer to 70% to make it look like a reflection.
Swap the position of the 4th and 5th layer so that the 4th layer becomes the final layer.

TIP ALERT: Trust your instincts, if while looking at the artwork at this point (by holding it at a distance) something doesn’t feel right probably it isn’t ...change it...

Step 9: On the new final layer the edge of the lake can be drawn too.
Give the final touches to your artwork and don’t forget to give it a nice title!

TIP ALERT: Try to give interesting names to your artworks...it helps the viewer to relate better.

Step 10: Time to Post it on PENUP!

TIP ALERT: And while you are on PENUP don’t forget to appreciate the original artworks of other artists.
Your ♡s is the support and encouragement every hardworking artist needs!

My first tutorial ends here!
You can leave your comments on my fan book page on PENUP.
Will be doing a tutorial on light effects next.
Just wanted to say that consistency, honest effort and hard work is always rewarded(sooner or later).

Like on PENUP where the winners for challenges are NOT always the artworks with popular votes or many reposts but the ones done with honest effort, original and creative ideas.
Looking forward to seeing some great art from you all!

How was it?
We were able to draw the landscape reflected on water in easy and natural manner with drawing features on the app.
Even a beginner will be able to draw beautiful landscape just in 10 steps.
Also, as what the artist said, the attitude is as important as the skills.
Don’t forget that you need consistency, genuine efforts and diligence.

Please send thank you notes to @aristina.z who has taught us very useful tips.

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