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How To Draw Mountains

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Mountains symbolize the awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur of nature. Drawing mountains is indeed an exciting endeavor that connects you with the natural world.

If you’ve ever yearned to recreate this majesty, our tutorial will make your dreams a reality. From capturing the rugged textures to portraying the play of light and shadow, we’ll help you translate the mountains’ allure and magnificence onto paper.

Are you ready to conquer the art of drawing mountains? With a little guidance, you’ll soon be able to create stunning artworks that will leave others in awe.

Difficult level Normal
Estimate time 30 minutes
Drawing materials Pen, Marker, Crayon
Painting materials Watercolor, Color pencil, Pastel
Surfaces materials Paper, Canvas

How To Draw Mountains – Step by Step

Step 1: Sketch the main shapes of the mountains

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Mountains are usually pictured with triangles. Thus, begin by sketching different triangles to represent the mountain shapes. To make your drawing more realistic, draw the shapes in diverse sizes and positions

  • Once you have the basic shapes, start creating the ridges of the mountains to define the contours. Here we’ll show you two simple ways:
  • Draw a diagonal line from the mountain peak to its foot. You can add irregularities and undulations to make it more natural-looking.
  • Draw a zig-zag line nearly in the middle of the mountain. Vary the style and position of these lines in different mountains to gain a better look for your drawing.

Step 2: Add shading for depth

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Determine the direction of your light source to know where the shadows and highlights fall.

From the ridges that you’ve drawn earlier, shade the sides of the mountains that are away from the light source, with a color of your choice. The other side can be highlighted with the white color to represent the facing-light side or the snow at the peak of the mountain

Step 3: Draw mountains from pointy lines

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Well, you’ve just mastered a mountain drawing that’s simple yet eye-grabbing. Why not try another style with more depth and realism?

  • Begin by drawing several random pointy lines on your paper. Vary the length, angle, and thickness of these lines to create interest and diversity in your mountain shapes.
  • Next, connect the lines by adding additional ones that follow the general contour of the mountains. Don’t forget the ridges that you’ll make it the same way as the previous drawing.

Step 4: Make the mountains shine with colors

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Finding another way to shade the mountains and make them look more charming? Let’s get creative by applying the atmospheric perspective in your drawing.

Typically, mountains closer to the viewer appear more vibrant and have more saturated colors, while those farther away appear lighter and even almost faded or washed out.

Understanding this method already? Now, select a range of colors that represent the mountains at different distances and start coloring!

Conclusion

While drawing the mountains themselves is a wonderful starting point, there are countless ways to further develop your mountain landscapes and create truly captivating scenes.

Try embracing the background with a serene sky, rolling hills, trees, or rivers to make the drawing more immersive. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors beyond the natural palette to give your mountains a unique and captivating presence.

If you have any fellow artists or friends who are also into drawing mountains, go ahead to share this tutorial and spread the joy of drawing mountains with them.

Happy drawing, and may your mountains be filled with grandeur and wonder!

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