Landscape Drawing Basics
A landscape drawing is a formidable artist’s tool for many reasons. For starters, drawing landscapes is an enjoyable process because you can be out in nature and enjoying its sounds and sights. Painters will often create preparatory landscape drawings before beginning a painting in order to work out issues of composition and visual interest. But learning how to draw landscape features such as trees, mountains, or beaches allows you to become familiar with how to deal with issues of texture, light and shadow, and proportion, all of which are cornerstones of strong artistic practice.
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How to Draw Landscapes
With so much interest in plein air
painting these days, it’s easy to overlook
how important drawing skills can be
to the landscape artist. Many
students want to get right into applying
paint without first making a drawing
of their subject. This makes as much
sense as jumping in a car and entering
a highway with no idea of where one is
going and no idea of how to get there.
While I sympathize with excitement and
impatience, without considerable practice
drawing the landscape, the student never
learns how to see the landscape.
Fundamentally, drawing is both a
way of seeing and a way of knowing
a subject. If you can draw it, then you
own it. It is in your visual library. But
the act and art of drawing goes much
deeper than a mere recording process.
For the artist, drawing is how we know
the world. It is an expression of life and
evidence of what we find relevant and
recognize as beautiful.
See also: 11 Steps to Improve Your Landscape Drawings
Top landscape drawing artists
Georges Seurat: It's a name associated with pointillism and painting for obvious reasons, but did you know Seurat was also a master with the conte crayon?
Claudia Nice: The world-renowned art instructor specializes in outdoor scenery in pen, ink and watercolor. See her lesson on how to draw trees over at Artists Network and you'll understand what makes her so special.