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  1. Drawing snow covered pine trees is very easy and fun to do. With simple technique as illustrated below, anybody can attempt them and draw pleasing winter landscapes based on them with pen and ink. So grab a pen and paper and follow along. Step 1: Draw the OutlineDraw a typical Christmas tree shape in dotted line as shown below. Don't use a hard line for the outline. Step 2: Drawing the EdgesUse the following strokes to texture the edges. Correctly texturing edges as shown above is very important as it gives the feel of pine trees to the outline. Step 3: Texturing InsideTo give a feel of snow, add following marks inside the tree in irregular manner. Snow usually doesn't cover a tree completely and these marks indicate those areas. These help to bring out the feel of tree and snow. The white untextured area is perceived as snow. Relative density of white vs the marks will indicate the amount/level of snow on the tree. Use the type of shapes as shown above to texture the inside. Step 4: Texture Trunk and GroundTrunk can be easily textured using 2 tone technique. Also bottom of trunk near ground is left white in irregular shape to indicate presence of snow on trunk there. This is how easily a snow covered pine tree can be drawn. Step 5: Add Other TreesOther snow covered pine trees can be similarly drawn and added per your composition to create perception of depth and visual interest. Step 6: Finish with Ground and SkyTo create perception of snow on ground, use lines as shown below along with few blades of grass and twigs poking out of ground. A path on the snow can be added as well as shown below. Addition of sky creates a nice backdrop to the snow covered trees. This finishes this tutorial. Following is another example. Notice that I have used less tone on the trees below to give them more snow covered feel compared to drawing above. Following is a more detailed example but the technique used is the same. If you find yourself with some time, then grab a pen and paper and try doing some such pen and ink drawings. They provide great relaxation and will help you appreciate beauty of nature in a new way as you will be able to capture and express that beauty through your own interpretation. You can also visit my Free pen and ink drawing tutorials for more information. You can also subscribe to receive my weekly step by step pen and ink drawing posts Happy Drawing, Rahul
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    Drawing A Waterfall

    I write weekly posts such as the following to inspire anybody to learn to do simple drawing with pen and ink. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Drawing a Waterfall: Drawing a waterfall may sound intimating, but as we will below, it is quite easy to do with few simple strokes that any beginner can do. I even did the following drawing with an ordinary writing gel pen. So, grab a pen and follow along. Such fun drawings gives us a creative break in our lives and are always enjoyable. Try one now. Step 1: Draw Top of Waterfall Start with a slight wavy line like below, indicating the top of waterfall, may be a river or a stream. Step 2: Draw Falling Water: Use slightly curved lines like shown below to indicate falling water. Turn the paper if need be to draw it. Don't make the lines flat. Give them a slight curve or bulge as shown below. Step 3: Add Volume to Water Use tapered dark like shown below to indicate volume in falling water. Step 4: Indicate Water Flowing Out After the fall, water continues its journey towards the viewer. Use lines like below to draw ripples that indicate that. Notice how they open up and grow bigger as they go out. Add such ripples to the waterfall. Step 5: Indicating Rocks and Mist Add some darks at the bottom of fall to indicate some stones/rocks and dots going up to indicate mist. Keep it irregular. The notion of suggestion is very important in pen and ink. With just some dark irregular shape, a feel of 'something there' can be conveyed. Step 6: Indicating Foliage on the Side To give a finished feel, something on the sides of the fall should be indicated. Wooded area works very well and is very easy to do as shown below. Use open loops to indicate foliage. make the base darker and add tapered darks to indicate trunks etc. Use the above technique to indicate wooded area as banks of waterfall. Step 7: Adding Reflection in Water Use more of water stroke to darken it to indicate reflection as shown below. Use the above technique to indicate reflection of wooded areas. Step 8: Add Sky Add Sky using horizontal parallel lines to finish this quick drawing. This finishes this tutorial. Hopefully it motivated you to pick up a pen and try drawing it and see how easy and enjoyable it is to do pleasing landscapes with pen and ink. Do let me know if you liked this post and any suggestions for future posts. Happy Drawing, Rahul
  3. Quick and Easy Pen & Ink Landscapes: "What can I draw from my imagination in the limited time I get from my busy schedule without any prior drawing experience" This is a question I often get asked and one that newcomers to art are often confronted with. In this post, I will describe a pleasing landscape that can be done quickly using simple steps. All you need is a good gel pen, a paper and a positive attitude. Drawing is not just for 'artists'. Every one of us can engage and enjoy this creative pursuit even with our limited time. Vol 6 of my workbook series covers this in detail. Here is a pleasing landscape that we will learn to draw step by step. The key elements of the drawing are highlighted below and in different steps, we will see how these elements can be easily drawn. Step 1: Draw Horizon First step is to draw the horizon in the shape of a flattened U using broken line as shown below. Step 2: Drawing Surface Contours: Horizon line drawn in step 1 indicates far out. In front of it lies the middle and foreground. The contour or surface shape of this area is next indicated by using curved parallel lines as shown below. These simple contour lines transforms a blank white space into pleasing indication of ground form. Step 3: Indicating Ground Cover (Grass): Grass is next drawn on these contour lines using small curved lines as shown below. Together with contour lines, this completes the drawing of ground. Step 4: Drawing Distant Tree Line: A distant tree line on horizon adds lot of visual interest and with its darker tone provides a nice contrast and a focal point for our eyes to rest. This is drawn next. Step 5: Drawing Background Element: Furthest out behind the distant tree line is the backdrop of a hill or a mountain. A backdrop like a hill below provides a very pleasing focal point for our eyes to rest as they travel from the foreground to background. A house, a church or any other such element can further be added at the top of the hill to add further interest. Step 6: Finishing with Sky: Sky is finally added to set the mood of the drawing. This contrast from lighter foreground surface to darker distant element and hills to again lighter sky makes the drawing appealing and draws viewers interest. This completes this overview of drawing quick and easy pleasing pen and ink landscapes. For more details on strokes and other considerations for drawing different elements covered above you can visit my completely free Tutorials page, or better yet, get the following pen and ink drawing workbook from Amazon. Available for only $6 from Amazon and other online retailers, this workbook covers the above steps in full details with step by step illustration of strokes and hands on activities. With coverage of lots of other options for drawing such landscapes, you will be able to draw the following in no time. For more information on the workbook, pl. click here Happy Drawing, Rahul www.pendrawings.me/getstarted
  4. Hi, I am pleased to announce completely free workbooks for learning to draw simple landscapes in pen and ink. If you have ever wanted to learn how using simple pen strokes you can bring a landscape to life, then try them out. I have 2 initial volumes as following and would love to get any feedback on them in terms of their usability and content. You can get the workbooks at pendrawings.me/workbooks Pen and Ink Drawing Workbook vol 1: Draw Tree trunks and Wooden Posts This workbook with help you to be able to draw a landscape like the following in no time. Pen and Ink Drawing Workbook vol 1: Draw Trees and Bushes This workbook with help you to be able to draw a landscape like the following with fully illustrated concepts and guided exercises Get them now and happy drawing, Rahul www.pendrawings.me/getstarted
  5. As a pen and ink artist, my aim is to help people discover drawing simple landscapes with pen and ink as a creative and relaxing hobby. I have created completely free tutorials that help absolute beginners get started drawing with pen and experience the pleasure of putting your creative expression on paper. Let this be your new year resolution In the following, you can see how easy it is to draw simple bark texture and trunk with pen. Learn to draw other elements of nature with pen and ink and get started today. Have fun Rahul www.pendrawings.me Drawing a tree trunk with pen and ink Add a horizon with distant tree line and a scattered trunk or two and you have a simple landscape.
  6. Try this simple landscape and follow along with the video...You can see lot more demonstrations of how to do simple landscapes on my YouTube channel. Also I have completely Free, fully illustrated tutorials to help you get started drawing in pen and ink and adopt this relaxing and creative hobby. Have a creative weekend, Rahul www.pendrawings.me
  7. I have put together few videos that show drawing a simple landscapes in pen and ink in under 30 minutes. In addition there are also fully illustrated completely free tutorials to learn drawing landscapes in pen and ink. Here is a simple drawing that you can watch and try it yourself. This is completely drawn with a fountain pen. Any feedback and comment most appreciated. Have a creative weekend, Rahul

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