Jump to content
Classifieds is broken, please do not submit any new ads ×

Quick And Easy Pen & Ink Landscapes


Recommended Posts

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,





Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 4
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • pajaro


  • sidthecat


  • rahul_jain


Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

Not bad, but I'll observe that the distant element looks better when it's drawn lighter than the foreground element. The first drawing in Step Five is a better rendition of the distant mountain than when its filled in.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Ssomething about perspective seems to make the filled in distant hills work.

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

It may be a taste thing, but I find it diminshes the sense of atmosphere and its action on distant objects.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


Due to atmospheric dispersion of light, objects tend to have less visibility and hence less tone as they go further out but it doesn't imply that any object further back need to always have less tone than the one in foreground. The inherent tone of an object and its size also comes into consideration, and a background hill that is drawn at relatively bigger size as in this drawing can be given darker tone compared to thin grass covered foreground. What is important is that if another hill is drawn much further out and hence much smaller in size, then it should be given lighter tone than the one in foreground.


It is indeed a personal taste and I like hills bit darker (as long as they don't look odd) as they then act as focal points and draw attention of the viewer and also provides a nice contrast with the sky. As mentioned, I have covered these cases and many other in vol 6 of the workbook.


Here are 2 drawings from the workbook, one with lighter hill and another with darker hill contrasted with a mountain. I like the darker one as well but other might differ.




Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Most Contributions

    1. amberleadavis
    2. PAKMAN
    3. Ghost Plane
      Ghost Plane
    4. jar
    5. wimg
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Comments

    • Splat
      Ah Ruaidhri ya wee heid banger, you do indeed have an Irishman’s way wid dose words now. I’ll be from outer Aberdeenshire up in the blizzard riven braes of the Grampians.  Amateur medicine and surgery is it? Well what noble aspirations you do possess, we need to encourage such noble experimentations.  I pondered on leaving my own battered shell to science, but, until I read your pearls of wisdom and lament, I had comedown on the side of leaving my body to Findus frozen foods.  However, your rema
    • austollie
      Hi Smug Dill,   Nice project.  If it were me, I'd cover stuff like: - nib types available, i.e. styles, materials (SS vs gold), flex vs nails; - filling systems (I love the "thingie" comment) and how once can use them in practice (e.g. fill cartridges with a syringe); - pen body materials and their consequences (pen not balanced of too heavy and big for the hand); - and, whilst you've made it clear that you do not like vintage pens, a discussion of these beyond "I d
    • A Smug Dill
      Thanks for your input! Yes, not putting wood in the list of body materials warranting a mention was an oversight. I love pens with wooden bodies, but my main concern, or chagrin, is that I have not come across a wooden-bodied pen with a wooden cap that seals well. Actually, there is one, but it isn't really wood per se: the Pilot Custom Kaede's maple body is resin impregnated. All other wooden pens I have can dry out while capped and undisturbed; that includes several Platinum #3776 models.
    • amk
      That looks pretty good. You might want to add wood as a material (with its weakness of staining) and mention urushi. And under ergonomic considerations, the size of section (slender pens vs chunky pens), and shape of section, and 'disturbances' such as the Lamy 2000 'ears' and Pilot Capless clip getting in the way might be worth mentioning. Also possibly a general section on things you can do yourself with a bit of care, with a bit of practice, and things that are strictly "don't try this a
    • Detman101
      Hahaha...this is brilliantly funny! 🤣 I did not know about this section of the site...what gem!  
  • Chatbox

    You don't have permission to chat.
    Load More
  • Files

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Aramilxiloscient
      (32 years old)
    2. bartonflyer
      (71 years old)
    3. bluewatermark
      (48 years old)
    4. Bob_
      (71 years old)
    5. Bonnie Prince Shuggie
      Bonnie Prince Shuggie
      (74 years old)

  • Create New...