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How To Draw Simple Mountains and Mountain Ranges

teacher avatar John Anderson, Artist / Adventurer

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. 1 INTRO & Tools

    • 2. 2 Penciling Simple Mountains

    • 3. 3 More Mountain Styles

    • 4. 4 Mountain Ranges

    • 5. 5 Penwork & Types of Shading

    • 6. 6 More Shading Styles

    • 7. 7 Filling in with Hash Shading

    • 8. 8 Filling in with Stippling Shading

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About This Class

If you are just getting into drawing or want to learn a new skill, line drawings are a great way to start!  This class will show you how to draw mountains and mountain ranges as well as shading styles.

These easy mountain drawings are for young and old alike. If you are an artist, (or wannabe artist!) it is a great way to explore your creativity and try something new. It also can be a fun drawing to teach to children or grand kids, keeping them busy but still learning! Drawing is a great way to expand your creativity.

You will learn:

  • What tools I like to use for making a simple drawing
  • How to sketch your drawing out before putting the pen to the paper
  • How to add little details

You will be creating a quick and easy mountain drawing or a more complex mountain range using the basic tools. A pencil, pen and paper.

John likes to draw, he’s been drawing since he could hold any drawing utensil! He has filled many sketchbooks ranging from simple shape drawings to detailed outdoor scenes and fun castle drawings. His favorite type of drawings to create are the fun little knights and castles that you can learn to draw in his class How To Draw A Simple Medieval Castle. These simple line drawings can be quick and easy or be made into just about any size and complexity you want. And they look great framed too! 

Even if you’re new to drawing, you’ll find this class quick and simple to get you creating.

If you liked this class be sure to check out these:
How to Draw Mountains:
How to Draw a Cabin in the Pines:
How to Draw a Simple Medieval Castle:
How to Draw Broadway Tower:
How to Draw a Medieval Scene:
How to Draw Simple Trees:
How to Draw Pine Trees:
How to Draw a Fairytale Castle:

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John Anderson

Artist / Adventurer


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1. 1 INTRO & Tools: Hello, everybody, and welcome back to another drawing class in this class. I'm going to teach you how to draw mountains and a mountain range, so let's get started with some tools you'll need. So grab a sketchbook or piece of paper. Let's go over some tools you'll need. Really, you could just grab your favorite drawing utensil, and you can start there. All right. First up, you're gonna need a pencil for sketching out the lines you can use to use a number two pencil. Or you can use a mechanical pencil. There's lots different sizes of this. You can use seven or 70.5. There's two are my favorite. You'll also need in the Racer for erasing your mistakes from the fine liner pins. There are a lot of different brands, but you're just gonna grab. Ah, find Tep on probably close in size to a 0.7 or 0.5 pencil. Like I said, there are a lot of different brains of these you can see here. These have pretty fine tips similar to our pencil. So when we drove our pencil lines, it will match up pretty well so you can just grab any type you like. All right, let's get started drawing the mountains 2. 2 Penciling Simple Mountains: to start out drawing a mountain. We'll just begin with a simple triangle shape. First, we're going to begin with the ground. Most that are mountain on something and then just simply draw a triangle like this. So then to make it look like a mountain will just add in this little zigzag line, and that makes it look like there's snow on top of the peak. Then we'll just shade in with just simply some lines like this and fill in the base of the mountain. Let's do a few more of these mothers. Start a new line here, start with a triangle, then add in. That's exactly line for snow capped peak. And then just give it some shading for the base not to layer the mountains. You're gonna draw your 1st 1 that is in front and then start somewhere along this line and make another mountain behind it. On this mountain can be bigger or smaller opinion on how how you want it to be and let's make one more back here behind that mountain. Then just add our snow on the peak again on both of thes mountains, and then just shade in the bottom now to add different types of shading. You can just use one line like this, or you can cross the lines like this. This is called crosshatch. That gives it a darker appearance and another type of saving. I'll just show you here real quick. That will use later is stippling, where you just tapped little dots all up and down the mountain seating in. So work much better when we get to the pin. But you'll just work your way back and forth on the mountain, making little dots tryingto even them out. As much as possible is you don't have a lot of white space, and that will fill in the mountain. So let's move on to the next one. Next mountains could be a little more cartoonish, just a simple triangle like we did before around the top of it this time. Then add in our snow capped peak and you just alternate this exactly lined up and down for the ridges of the mountain. So this one is just around top, and then those zigzag lines, and then, instead of shading the entire mountain, we're gonna make a line down the mountain. Sort of like this just give it a soft dash line like that and then just shade up to that line going across the mountain. That gives us a little more perspective on this mountain, showing that the ridge does come down in the front two. 3. 3 More Mountain Styles: another type of mountain here. We're going to swoop the ridges of the mountain a little bit again at our snow line, appear on the peak, Then draw a curved line on the mountain and then just shade up to that line with your shade lines. And then you can fill this in later with your pin and make it a little finer. We're gonna draw two mountains in front, and then we'll draw another one back in the back instead of Joyner. Snowcapped peak. On this. This is another type of shading or filling in of the mountain. Make lines that point all up to the peak up here. Just alternate the lines here and there on the mountain, and we'll do that for all three of these. This makes it look like the ridges of the mountains, sort of. It's another cartoonish type of drawing. We can fill this end and make it look better with our pin. But for now, this gives us that idea of what we will be drawing. Before we actually read it, read on it with our pen 4. 4 Mountain Ranges: our next we will draw a mountain range for this. Well, mate, souping lines like this and stop them every once in a while and then draw another mountain that comes up passed in front of the other one. And then we have our ridge come Doon from the mountain and then we'll draw another one over here. This one is also in front of this mountain. And then just have your lines connect to it will make another little stripping line up here until we get up to the tallest mountain, which is right here. And then it will have a rich coming down the front and one coming off the end and then to fill up our foreground. We can also add lower mountain down here. That is much smaller. These are just whatever type you want to go with. Just making swooping lines for the mountain. All right, next door. Just add in these few ridges that come down towards the front, just a few of them here on one more here and then we'll just shaded in and we're gonna pick just a few of these peaks to shade one there. We'll just do a little bit here A little bit right here, down this ridge A little bit up here, someone on this one and then on the biggest one right here. Well, just shade to this point right here. And they know when our little one that we do in front, they also shade that in and that we have a mountain range. So let's try another type of mountain with this technique and keep working our way more detailed and more detailed as we go along large mountain here in the middle, make its line all the way here and then start a new peak Coming up and going back down Make original In here. We're going your pencil back and forth, making that look like a Rocky ridge coming down. We'll put one right here. This will be another part of this large mountain in the middle, and then we'll have a little bit of a crack coming down here. Given a little bit more detail. Let's do that over here as well. Then add a few more mountain peaks over here, working our way down to the edge. I had a little bit of a mountain right here on the edge with a ridge coming towards the front that one more on this side make a little bit larger in rage that comes over and connects to the large men. That was your seat in one side or the other. If you imagine your sunlight, it is coming from the right side in real shed on the left and vice versa for the other side . We can come back in and fill this in with our pen, and it will look a lot better. But this gives us a great idea. Starting with our pencil, a fire, mountains pulled turnout. 5. 5 Penwork & Types of Shading: all right, so let's grab a pen and go ahead and fill these in. So let's start here by filling in our first few mountains with our pen work. It's pretty simple. We just follow our pencil lines that we made before. Let's do these three right here. Start with the one in the front in our next one and at R one in the back first, then work on our snow capped peaks and then work on shading these in trying to keep our lines as even as possible for this mountain. Right? So this second mountain we will be doing crosshatch join. So just draw lines one way and then come back and draw lines the opposite direction, trying to keep the miss even as possible. And then our third mountain do the same thing with a crosshatch working one way and then going back over the other way. Then we can just thicken up our baseline to cover up the little little rupees I made. All right, let's do our stippling shading work right here. Work on the all the tiny little dots. You just try to space them out just enough. They don't touch each other working your way back and forth on the mountain and filling the entire thing. It. Then you can just go back and check if there's any larger openings. Fill those in with little dot and there you go. That is a stippling type of shading. Let's go into these other two peaks over here. These are rounded peaks. Just go up, make a little round peak on top and work your way back then then an hour snowcapped peak. And then there are little shading that went up to that line. So we'll just start. Our line appeared the top work our way down, following that line down the mountain until we get to the bottom, do it again here, following our ridge nine that we made with pencil and work our way down to the front. 6. 6 More Shading Styles: Let's do this large peak here, work on our base. First, make a swooping line down a little bit of a curve to it. Add our snowy peak on here and then are curved lines that follow the curve of the mountain and then following our shading line going down the front of the ridge of it, then we can just fill in the base when we went over that body by working your way down. If you do come out the base, you can always just add a little bit more shading. Get to the base of your mountain. Little more substance. All right, let's work with these three mountains here. This is layering. So drawer ones in the front first, they don't get in the way of the back. And then on the back Mountain, we're gonna make our starter lines here so we don't go past and then make our little lines That all point to the peak 7. 7 Filling in with Hash Shading: All right, let's start on our mountain ranges that we made Every mountain has toe have a snowcapped peak so we can just make a range like this. So we just follow our pencil lines that we do before I want to start with the lining front and then have our back line come up to it. So we'll just fill in our peaks here at our bridges ing here peaks that come down towards us. The last big one over here, our front rage that comes down the front and then our little connecting mountain at the base that will connect these together. Then we'll work on our sheeting. Start over here on this side, work our way down. I'm not gonna keep these lines to even make it look a lot darker. I'm gonna make him go closer together to start over here in this small side and work over there and then work on a few more up here just a little bit here at the base. And then our last mountain director star last large mountain here, that's the shading goes all the way down to the bottom. So I'm gonna work my way up from there and down from the top. Get these to meet together. So every time you're lying crosses over these, it gets it a lot darker. When you put them next to each other, it's more light. And then when you make a line going across, it connects them and darkens it up. So, depending on how dark you want your shading to be, is how you will angle the lines that shade are we're almost finished here. And then I'm going to just touch up a few more spots. I'm gonna add a little bit more over here. All right, That's a mountain range. 8. 8 Filling in with Stippling Shading: Let's work on this last mountain. We're gonna work on some stippling and I penciled in lines, but let's try some stippling on it. So let's start with the big Mountain. It is in front with the basic shape of the mountain there and then make all our little mountains inside connect one another. Our little mountain over here, front bridge coming down towards us. A little bit of a break in the mountain here and there. Our mountain on the right side, a little bass mountain to mix it to the base and our last mountain on this side art. So it's tipple, this entire mountain. So we're just gonna do a little tiny dots all up and down the mountain. This is more time consuming, then just drawing lines or shading in by scribbling or crosshatch. But it can give your mountain a lot more detail in the finished result. So let's see how this turns out after we stippled this entire mountain. When you're stippling, a big project like this, just go in little sections and and eventually you will have the full space covered. It just takes persistence and in a lot of patients to darken up the stippling. You just put your doctor closer together or filling over them. And that will give it a lot darker, like we did with the lines earlier. Crossing them over each other. Builders finish off our last mountain peak here on the shady side of the mountain. All right, we're almost done with this mountain. Finishing up our stippling work here. I want you to go back through this video and pick your favorite mountain to draw for the class project or just one you wanted to try to draw and start with your pencil. Outline it, then work with your pan. Fill it in and be sure to upload a picture to share with everybody. That is our last mountain. I hope you enjoyed this class learning how to draw a mountain and different types of shading to use making different mountain ranges, mountain types. So be sure. Toe share a picture of one you draw. And thanks for watching