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How to Draw/Paint Landscapes Using Procreate

teacher avatar Maxxe Riann, Author|Artist| Student

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3 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. How to Draw Simple Fantasy Vector Art

    • 2. How to Draw a Moonlit (Fantasy) Landscape

    • 3. How to Draw a More Complex Realistic Landscape

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Drawing landscapes can be tricky, and even though digital drawing platforms give you access to a whole suite of tools, sometimes that can be a little overwhelming. But never fear! Follow along with a freelance digital illustrator and comic book inker as she teaches you the ins and outs of working in Procreate to illustrate beautifully detailed, atmospheric landscapes. 
You'll learn:

- basic Procreate tools and how to use them

- some drawing tips and tricks that are useful for digital and paper

- how to draw your own landscapes, whether that's for your personal enjoyment, for comics panels, or any other reason!

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1. How to Draw Simple Fantasy Vector Art: All right, so the first thing we're gonna do is make a relatively simple vector drawing. So what I'm doing here is I'm drawing a circle and then holding it down, and then the little bar at the top gives me the option to make it into any clip into and lips. I'm sorry or a circle. So that lets me make these perfect little shapes along here, and then I'm just gonna go through and erase the points where they overlap. You could do the same thing with a line, just so you know, um and you can use that click and drag function to change the color of whatever you're working with. It'll just fill in those lines exactly like a Phil bucket in his paint or in in design or anything like that. So I kind of want to make this little fantasy inspired. So I'm just gonna sketch whatever I really want in the circles. As long as it's a line drawing, it still falls into vector drawing category. Um, this would be if I wanted to do, like, plants, mushrooms or whatever. I don't really want to do that. So just gonna go ahead and move on. So it's fantasy drawing. First thing really won't do is draw Castle, so you'll notice that I'm messing around with line thickness, and I'm using just your basic sketching tool. I'm not getting particularly fancy with it, and you know, you can go over things multiple times you can undo. That's that little reverse button that I'm clicking back there, and you can always just sketch whatever you want. So here it's your very basic fantasy landscape, not dissimilar to some stuff that we're gonna draw later on. Just gonna draw a nice little castle on a hill with some water leading up to it. And you know, you can always make your lines thicker or lighter based on what you're trying to do here. Now, if I was working on a pencil or paper, this would be, you know, the only way I could do this. But with an iPad, I can zoom in. So that's what I'm going to do to fill in the bricks on the castle and just add that extra little level off detail, which you don't really have to do for a vector drawing. But I like using of the click and zoom feature just because it ends up looking a little bit cooler in the So there we go. Got a nice little castle. Got some water. Let's move on. So I'm going to zoom back out and gonna go over here and draw just nice little tree. I think that's fitting for a good fantasy drawing. And the kind of drawing that we're using here is a lot of people use vector drawings for book covers. You know, Ideo. I use them for infographics. I use thumb for graphic novels. I've actually used this set up for a graphic novel panel before, so you know, you can really tailor it to however you're gonna use it. So I'm just gonna follow that circle around and make a tree coming off it. And I could be using a simple brush or something to do this, but I may as well just draw the leaves, you know, keeping it relatively simple. I think the nice thing about Vector drawings is that they do feel the closest to using a pencil and paper. It's just that added benefit of being able to make the shapes a little bit prettier. So here is drawing some mountains, and I'm doing this exactly the same way I would with pencil and paper. You know, drop mountains, draw the edges, fill in the shading where the light would be hitting different surfaces. So, you know, just a nice little mountain range Nice and easy. So then the next thing you do is immune. Draw sword because it's really cool Fantasy novel without either sores or magic. I don't think so. So just gonna play around with the design a little bit. Change the angle, Finally found one that I like. So I'm gonna work with that. Just nice sword. Simple drawing. Simple. I mean, I've used this as a doodle as an icon in my notes. If you've watched the visual note taking video than I think I might have even been there And what's freeze the sword? Because why not? So I'm gonna go back in with thicker lines and a little bit more pressure just to really make things stand out a little bit more. That's the other nice thing about an apple pencil. Is that like real pencils? If you want something to stand out, all you have to do is put a little bit more pressure on it. And unlike graphite, it won't break on you. So just works really nicely to add a little bit more emphasis to whatever you're doing. So the next thing that I'm going to dio is just gonna add one more little fantasy Island. And in this case, I'm thinking just a nice little inkwell. And in that case, I'm just gonna draw a little ink pot and a quill coming out of it. This is pretty simple. And then just some ink in the basin of it. So then do a little equal little book, maybe do the book in sort of an old fashioned style. I don't have to get to detailed with it. I mean, this is a pretty zoomed out image and then because I think that I wanted to stand out a little bit, I'm gonna go ahead and click and drug the black dot from the top and fill in the edges. And there we have it. Nice simple fantasy vector drawing. Hopefully, you guys enjoyed watching this and you'll stay tuned for these slightly more complicated, more sort of intermediate difficulty videos later on. Thanks for watching 2. How to Draw a Moonlit (Fantasy) Landscape: Okay, Welcome back. We're gonna get a tiny bit more complicated in that last one, starting to something involving a little bit more color and a little bit more detail. So with this one, I'm just going to start with a nice purple background color. Gonna play around with it for a couple of seconds, figure out exactly what I want, but there's gonna pick a nice purple, and then I'm going to use a combination of pens and pencils to just sketch out a vague outline of what I want to dio. I'm gonna want to levels of a foreground and background. I'm gonna pick color of blue that I like going to go through a couple of options before I settle on one. Because sometimes you need to see how it looks on the page. And I'm gonna get a nice, dark blue background for a nice night sky. Then I'm going to go through. I'm gonna find a shade of purple that I like, and I think that I'm going to use that as a background for the moon will go through that with some white with another lighter shade of blue with a couple of grays and I'm just going to do that layered over one another to get a nice sense of luminosity. So I'm actually gonna do the afterglow before I put the moon down on the paper. Think like spray paint. The brightest thing on page goes last because it's got to stand out the most. You don't want to risk other things overlapping the edges. So there we go. Got a moon on the page. Now I'm gonna go ahead and outline it with an airbrush, so I'm gonna really go ahead and fill it in that first level, the foreground. Um, I'm actually gonna end up coloring it darker later, but just to keep it distinct from that second layer gonna keep it gray the 2nd 1 I'm gonna make it blue because that's how all of the light going through the area is gonna be because you have that purple moon shadow and you have the dark blue sky. I'm gonna go ahead and make that not correct shade of sort of that gray, medium grey, medium blue. And then I'm going to go through and take that first level of the foreground and make it black because this is gonna be back lit by the moon. That's in the back. So all you're seeing is a silhouette. I'm going to switch back to the studio pen. I'm gonna go through and add just a bunch of trees Just gonna leave him everywhere all along here. And I could do sort of those down pointing branches like pine trees. But I really want to do that because I don't like how it looks on the page. So when we go ahead and do some bigger, more branching things, let them really spread out, Mark over. I think it allowed something really cool and aesthetic a little bit creepy, a little bit fantasy and just gonna let those go all the way across the page. Then instead of drawing individual leaves, gonna go ahead and switch to a stippled brush and I'm just gonna go over each and every branch because again, I'm not really trying to draw a specific outline of each and every leaf. I don't need that much detail because this is just a silly. So these were the silhouettes in the shadows of each leaf, and the step of rush does a really good job of that then still with the staple. I'm going to make the brush size really big, and that's gonna make the little stippled dots and more spread out. And we had changed to a light and do a couple of little stars and I could stop here. This is a perfectly decent, perfectly acceptable landscape by itself. Feel like it worked really well for some night Vale fan art. But I promised you guys magic and fantasy. So we're gonna keep going, and first thing going to do is brighten up the sky a little bit. I think that it looks fine before, but I think that that diffused light could be blended a little bit more. And I think that the sky could use just a dash more of purple. Since the light from the moon is so purple, then the easiest way to make something feel magical or historical or just fantasy inspired in any way. I think it's the at a castle, So I'm gonna add just a nice little castle with a pendant gonna do it all in black, gonna fill that in and pretty much call it done. But instead of just leaving it there because I'm an overachiever gonna go through and add a couple of little huts and houses down at the bottom. Maybe put some owls in the trees. Maybe let the branches between the trees connect and arch out over the area a little bit more. And by the time I've done that, here we go. I have a full long landscape that is big and stretches across the page and covers a lot of elements from light to dark. You have the moon backlighting, the whole thing. You have the silhouette in the front. It doesn't necessarily look hyper realistic, but it's got that comic book style fantasy that I think is just such a really cool esthetic . And it's not as difficult to do as you might think when you have digital tools like Procreate at your Disposal because you can do things like use that airbrush to cover big patches of ground. You can mess with the opacity toe layer colors on top of one another, and then you can use this stippled to get really creative and do things like leaves and stars, and you end up with that sort of spray paint graffiti aesthetic but layered on top of colorful aesthetic and then mixed with traditional drawing and inking techniques. Hopefully, you guys enjoyed following along with this. I will see you guys in the next one. 3. How to Draw a More Complex Realistic Landscape: Okay, welcome back. So for this landscape, we're going to something a little bit more realistic. It's the first thing that we're gonna do is just draw a nice little rocky outcropping on the side. Doesn't have to be super fancy. I'm just giving myself a couple of dimensions to work with is pretty similar to the mountains that I was doing in the vector drawing. Actually, it's just, you know, nice and basic, then shaded in, use multiple shades of black just so that I really making sure that I'm putting color down exactly where I want Teoh. I could leave it, which, with just the different kinds of shading. But in this case, I just wanna make sure that you know, it looks good before I lay down the full color. So I'm gonna go back in with White because White on black is gonna help you develop that dimension. And I'm just gonna mark out where I want there to be a little bit more of light heading. Maybe I'll put snow down that later because this going to be a sort of rocky outcropping in the mountains So you can see I'm just marking out little paths where it would make sense for there to have been erosion. Because that's the key to making something a little bit more realistic is thinking about how nature would have affected it. Now I'm also gonna just put down a couple of little places where some icicles would be and a nice trick for making sure that something stands out on a white background and a black background is to make sure that has a white outline on the black side and a black outline on the Whitesides. That's what I'm doing for the majority of the icicles. I'm gonna give myself a nice arise in line and similar to the moonlit fantasy escape. I'm just doing a couple of different layers in that foreground background. So I have that. I guess it's not really a horizon, but it's a water line, and then I have those two layers of the hills and then the mountains behind it, and I was gonna shade it, just using an airbrush just so that I know that it's back there. I thought about using the charcoal, decided against it, and then I'm gonna go through and lighten up the sky just that I know that's there, and that's what I'm working with. And then, you know, the sky is blue. So when they get blue and then it's a little bit gray. Because if you look at the sky on even on a bright, sunny day, if there's even a hint of a cloud, it sort of shades everything over a little bit gray. And then because water reflects the sky, I'm just going to go through and make sure that the water in the sky looks similar. So similar tones and shades of blue and gray and white. And then that little horizon line at the back is a little bit too white for my taste. Some just gonna shade it out with some fog. Not it's happening now and then. Now that I've done that, I like to use a really low opacity airbrush to just get a couple shades of green and gray in the hills because I mean the hills aren't ever gonna be truly green. There's gonna be different variations in that coloring, some going through and making sure that it's got those and then the mountains. There gonna be some combination of gray and green and then a little bit of brown on top of that. So I'm just going through. And this is the exact same processes I was doing in the vector drawing. I'm just mapping out where the light would be hitting it naturally and where there would be some shadows. And I don't really have a direct light source here, so it's really more ambient light. The fog on the water really helpful thought, as do the clouds in the sky. So it's really more question of where is the glare heading versus where is there a little bit more shadow in a little bit more shade? So now that I've done that, I have a nice little background. The next thing that I'm gonna dio is at a little bit of life, not a little tree, because, you know, those rocks seem really bear, So trees tend to reach out towards the light rather than huddling in towards the shadows. Someone is sort of send that out into the airy space there, and I like flowers. This feels like a sort of springtime setting, you know, the first bit of spring. So I'm gonna go ahead and use those little splatter paint bits for the tree down below and the stippled brush again, just like that factor drawing off on the tree up above. And then I'll go through add some more branches because you can't just have some stranded leaves and flowers without a branch to hold on to them. And then I like the idea of there being a little bit of a breeze cause I've never been on a rocky outcropping where there wasn't one, so I'll let some of those little flowers drift out into the air. So I let those sort of scatter around. Then I'm just adding a little bit of light to those peaks. But I actually sort of like the blurred, so I'm gonna leave it. But you could add a lighter bit to those peaks if you wanted. Just for the sake of focus, I'm gonna go ahead and let the tree and the cliff in the front be really strong and just sort of leave everything a little bit blurred. So I'm just gonna go through at a little bit of a lighter tent. So it feels like those clouds and fog really up in the front with you and I could leave it there. But the nice thing about that dragon drop feature in the back is that you can sort of change up the shaving so you could make it dark brown, You can make blue, you can make pink. I don't really like what it looked, but I mean, a dark really would be nighttime. Ah, lighter blue would be served that springtime summertime that we've got And I'm gonna leave it with this nice light, Brown. Just because I think that it allows for sort of warm beginning of Springfield and it lets those white clouds and pink flowers stand out a little bit more. So, thank you guys for watching and following along. And hopefully you've learned some new skills that you can take with you into your illustration work from here on out.