- A pencil
- An eraser - a good plastic or kneadable eraser would be best.
- A pen - Any pen will work. If you intend to watercolor after drawing, use a waterproof inked pen. I use Tombow's Fudenosuke hard tip brush pen or Pigma Micron. Both are water-proof, but the Fudenosuke must dry a while first.
- Paper. I recommend at least 5 x 7 inch. You may want to go larger depending on whether you intend to tangle or color it when you are done.
The second reason to use portrait? To draw a tiered landscape, where there are sections separated by roads, rivers, fences or walls. Tiered landscapes are great for people who like to draw rows of the same object.
As I sat down to write this step-by-step, I realized that I should have introduced roads first, but I'll do that later. For today, we are using Striped Roads, which cut your landscape into sections.
Tiered Fantasy LandscapeStep-by-step
For my step-by-step example, I decided that I wanted something more open than my first example, and a composition that moved from side to side rather than having rigid tiers as I did above.
The first thing to do is to pencil in the lines where your roads will go. This gives you a guide in placing objects, but allows the necessary overlapping. In fact, you might want to do the whole drawing in pencil first (you'll see why that's wise as we go further on).
Did I confuse you by adding a third tree to the middle?
That does seem to break the rule of fewer objects, and it did mean I had to draw a tree that was shorter than I liked. But it allowed for fewer objects at the top, and increased the complexity of the relationship between the top and the middle, because the petal tips echoed each other.
This is why art isn't easy. Rules work until they don't. An artist has to make choices and take chances. I didn't break my rule for the drawing overall, but I did bend it for the middle section.
- If you plan to add shading, then less complexity might be better.
- If you plan to add tangle patterns then the fewer objects and less complexity the better.
- If you plan to color either way would work.