How to Draw Realistic Mountains || Realistic Landscape Drawing

How to Draw Realistic Mountains by pencil with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Landscape drawing for Beginners.

How to Draw a Realistic Mountains

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below

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You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1

Before you try and draw anything, sketch it out first! I used water-soluble graphite pencils and Derwent Inktense pencils on watercolor paper for my sketches. You can get more information on both of these at my website under “Art Supplies”. I started by sketching the landscape with water-soluble graphite, then lightly shaded it with a black Inktense pencil.

Step 2

Then I used a brush and water along with a pencil to complete my sketch. Just trying to get a feel for how the mountains and landscape flow. Don’t aim for perfection.

Step 3

My second sketch is from a different view of the mountains but it follows the same steps.

Step 4

I finished pouring water and brush again. An important lesson from this sketch is that the most distant mountains will fade and lighten into the background. You will see this principle appear in the final drawing.

Step 5

My final sketch was done in color with an Inktense pencil. I started by outlining everything lightly in blue. Then I lightly added red and yellow to hint at the rest of the colors. The final color is created by mixing the three primary colors with black and white.

Step 6

Now I have finished my sketch in the same way as with the black and white ones. After three sketches, I think I’m ready for the final drawing. So let’s get started!

Step 7

I start by choosing my pencils. I used an HB pencil for shading and sketching, a 3H pencil for lightest shadows/lines and a 6B pencil for shadows.

Step 8

Start by adding some sort of gradient fill to the paper using the HB pencil. Roughly shade then blend your contours using a blend stump.

Step 9

Erase your mountains on the top half of the artboard. I bleach works well for these purposes. Then darken and blend the sky using a 6B pencil and a blend stump.

Step 10

Use the HB pencil to gradually fill in the shadow of the mountain ahead. Try to give your shading uniform direction instead of just scribbling. Then lightly shade in the mountains on the left.

Step 11

Identify the mountains on the left. Blend the shadows in your previous step using a stump blend, then erase the highlights. Use the 3H pencil to define your shadow. Then start defining the outline of the tallest mountain with an HB pencil.

Step 12

Start defining the tallest mountain using shading more confidently with the HB pencil for the shaded side. Use a 3H pencil on light snow.

Step 13

Finish off the rest of the shadows on the mountain, making sure to blend into the base of the mountain as much as possible to make them look hazy. After your mountains look complete, use the HB pencil to outline some hills in the foreground.

Step 14

Use the HB pencil to draw the tree. Suggest the trees in the background by erasing the tree like trunks in the dew.

Step 15

Now use the HB pencil to shade the top tree again. Bold the corners with a 6B pencil.

Step 16

Use the 6B pencil to shade the top tree to make it more prominent. Blend the rest of the shadows. Finalize the drawing by adding some finishing touches here and there mainly for the background and mountains. I hope you guys have fun with this one. As always, comments and questions are always welcome!

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