How to Draw Mountains and Trees | Doodle with me!


Hi everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic day! I am so excited to be creating many more tutorials
for you so if you want to request anything, please make sure to comment down below! Today I am going to show you how to draw 3
kinds of mountains and 3 kinds of trees! You can use these drawings in your bullet
journal or anywhere your heart desires! Before we begin, I do want to mention that
if you’re interested in how I find inspiration or want to see a behind scenes to my illustrations
even if you’re not into journaling, please check out my last video, the link is in my
description and in the upper right hand corner! The first mountain is inspired by the ones
I’ve seen in traditional Chinese paintings and by ranges of the Yellow mountain also
in China. They are flat compared to what we normally
associate with mountains but this is proof that mountains have so many variations. Start of with the top outline after you’ve
determined the placement by penciling in a rectangle the size you want your mountain to be. For all of these drawings, I am starting off
the same way with pencil to make sure I like the size and look of it before I ink. Don’t worry too much about following my lines
perfectly as long as they are a little rough and have some peaks. Now go through and add vertical lines on the
peaks or wherever you want there to be shadow. Add in outlined areas to be filled in representing
the different levels of rocks. Put in some additional shadows wherever you
want and add in more rough lines and you’re pretty much done. So, if you’re wondering how I decide where
to put the shadows, here’s a little example. Mainly the shadows are determined by your
imaginary sun. So if the sun shines on your right, then the
shadows should mostly be on the left. The best way to understand the concept is
to take a flashlight and shine it on an object and mess around with the angles of it. With mountains since they are made up of many
uneven areas, you can get away with adding in more shadows when you want to and you can
make it up as you go. So, play around with it and remember to have
fun with it. The second mountain is inspired by the Teton
ranges as part of the rocky mountains. These have very pointy peaks versus the flatter
ones in China. Again start off with the top line determining
the peaks. And then where the peaks are, add in your
semi vertical lines and areas where you think may have shadow. For now you can follow along with me to get
the hang of it, but I am pretty confident you guys can eventually start making up your
own mountains! Add in the diagonal lines, making sure they
are somewhat similar in direction, to create the dimension. A little tip for this part is that the lines
do not need to be the same length. Mess around with shorter and longer diagonal
lines to indicate where the shadows are darker or where they are a little lighter. And you can also go back and add in another
layer of lines to make the darker shadows even darker. The third mountains have more subtle peaks
than the first two but you can do draw these the same exact way as the first two. Start off with the top outline to determine
your peaks and then go from there, using your creative intuition to design the mountain
ranges the way you want. Experiment with the placement of your shadows,
details, and outlines to see what works and what doesn’t. The beauty and joy of drawing mountains is
that it doesn’t take much to make them look like good, so make sure you keep your pen
and pencils lose and draw how you feel. Next I have 3 different styles of trees that
you can use depending on if you want them more stylized and simplified, decorative,
or realistic. The first tree is very simplistic. Start off with a centerline and then add an
arrow head to the top, and then more arrowheads down along the centerline making them larger
as you go. Play around with the adding in thicker lines
if you want to make it a little bolder. The second tree is a little more decorative. Start off with the same centerline and then add in random lines and extensions of those lines to form branches from the centerline. Finish off with different sized circles on
the tips of the branches and anywhere else you want to fill in the tree Experiment with this one by adding in leaves or flowers. And then finally the last tree is a little
more realistic, mainly using diagonal and scribbles to build the details of the branches, making them slightly larger as I go. The one thing I love about drawing and art in general is that there is so much freedom in creating. Yes there are realistic accurate drawings but you can also choose to be unique and make trees out of triangles or circles or even turn a leaf into a tree and putting those into a landscape. When I first started out, there was this need to be accurate, but as I kept creating, I realized that I had so much more fun expressing my imagination into reality. Why draw what a photograph can capture when the only thing that can capture your vision, is you? So don’t be afraid to push boundaries and create. I wanted to show you how you can use these
drawings in an actual ink drawing, just to give you an idea of how they would look and
give you some ideas for how to piece them together. Think of all of these tutorials as pieces
of a puzzle and it’s up to your imagination to create the whole puzzle! Every drawing, every painting, every bullet
journal setup, all start with a simple shape or line and then its built into something
unique to you and that makes it a masterpiece. So here, I’ve created some pointy mountains
to set my scene and am adding in realistic trees to the rolling hills. Since they are so small, I just scribbled
in the shapes of the branches, not very worried about defining each branch but making sure
the overall shape still looks like a tree. The two fields are separated by a strong but
calm stream flowing towards the viewer and all of scene is encased in a simple leafy
crescent wreath creating a very serene landscape purely from my imagination. I hope this tutorial helped you find a little
inspiration and helped you with your journal setups, stickers, or anything else you’ll
want to create! Remember to check out my behind the scenes
video and come join me on instagram! Thank you so much for watching and I sincerely
hope you have a wonderful day! I’ll see you next time, bye!

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