Landscape Drawing Tutorials.
Landscape Drawing can either be preparatory in nature as a forerunner of a painting or it can be an end in itself.
There are certain skills that come into play when doing this type of drawing and sketching.
Perspective and composition are very important. An ability to draw the features of your scene is essential. Trees, rivers, buildings, the ocean, harbours and humans and animals and anything else you want to depict. Texture and tones lighting effects, colour if necessary to create the right atmosphere.
You can use any drawing medium or even draw in paint if you wish. Work from life or with photographic reference.
The form is a relative newcomer to art. They were originally mere backdrops used by artists to set a scene. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was an early artist who produced studies of the natual world that I would say fall into this catagory but it wasn't until the early seventeenth century that landscapes were painted as works of art in their own right. Rubens (1577-1640) among others painted many stunning landscapes for his own development and when the English began their most intense love affair with nature and the countryside an explosion of beautiful paintings and drawings were created by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner and others. Later the French Impressionists blessed us with their greatest contribution to art and their genuis with light took landscapes in an exciting and accessible direction.
The landscape in the UK is still the most loved form in a popular sense. Abstract, impressionistic or hyper realistic this area of art continues to thrill and humble us.
In this section of the site I will add tutorials on what I consider to be helpful topics.
Use informal perspective to compose your scene.
a lesson in line drawing.
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