Drawing Hills in Landscapes



With the soft contours of rolling hills, it is more difficult to distinguish the main masses of light and shade which emphasize solidity. It helps to look at the landscape with half closed eyes.

In contrast to the sharp angularity of mountains, most hills have soft, slightly blurred edges, because they are covered with trees and vegetations. If the hills are covered with trees, it is enough merely to suggest the texture of the foliage by using a subtle range of textures.

The overlapping planes of the hills recede works well in the design of a landscape.

The principle when drawing distant landscapes is your best means of creating the illusion of three- dimensional space on a flat piece of paper.


Figure Drawing


Rodin drawing rendered at the Met.


Life drawing, the representation of the human figure, requires both technique and an understanding of human anatomy.

  1. apply expressive drawing techniques in capturing the human figure
  2.  draw the characteristic shapes and proportions of the human skeleton
  3. capture the basics of posture and motion through gesture drawing
  4. capture shapes and proportions of human anatomy and muscle mass
  5.  use contour and blind contour drawing to capture the shape of human subjects
  6. draw the proportions of the human face in frontal, profile, and three-quarter views
  7.   apply the concepts of volume, perspective, and shading
  8. apply tips for composition, including texture, balance, rhythm, variety, unity, and emphasis
  9. apply expressive drawing techniques in capturing the human figure 




Five drawing tips help you learn how to simplify shapes of the body.

Practice by drawing gesture sketches with your non-drawing hand.

Practice drawing the basic arm and leg structures by thinking of them as cylinders. Simply refine these basic shapes with detail.

The basic form and positioning for feet, draw them starting with a rectangle in 3D. This is good exercise drawing feet in perspective and in various positions.

When sketching the head, I draw circular motions. Once I get the correct position, I begin lightly indicating the shape and position of the nose, eyes and ears.

Sketch people passing by.

Drawing from life is always the best approach.



Contour lines serve as the foundation for constructing diverse types of artworks, and are the base on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. These roles that contour lines play in preliminary sketches is the key in starting a drawing. Study straight and angled lines in drawings this will help you figure the correct proportions when drawing the human body.

 Blind Contour Drawing

Will enhance your observation skills by drawing objects without looking at your paper

Advance your ability to see as an artist by analyzing a straight-sided shape to find clues to draw it accurately freehand

Accurately sketch the proportions of straight-sided shapes and objects, and then outline their contours with continuous lines

Set up intricate proportional guidelines to draw an image and then add shading with hatching lines

When sketching animals use short and long lines

 Sketch a Simple Scene

Sketch the proportions of hills, a lake, and trees, outline their shapes, and then add shading with straight hatching lines

July 2018
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