Welcome to the Tutorial!
Hello Everyone! This is Jack with Let’s Draw Today. Thank you so much for joining me and drawing with me today!
Great landscape drawings often have elements of nature as well as man-made elements. That is one reason why pictures such as these make great drawing subjects. Such is the case for anyone who wants to draw a boat on a lake.
Of course, you have to know how to draw the man-made mechanics of the boat. Then, you have to know how to draw the lake and all of its reflections, not to mention the sky and any plant and animal wildlife surrounding the lake.
If you want to know more about drawing boats and lakes, then you are in luck! In this extended tutorial, we will combine the two of them into one drawing as I show you how to draw a small boat on a lake.
The total length of the video demonstrations for this entire tutorial is 1 hour and 39 minutes. However, I have this tutorial broken down into smaller lessons, each consisting of brief step-by-step directions accompanied by short video clips demonstrating each step. This allows you to take it one lesson and then one step at a time, and you will feel more confident in your ability to see your drawing through to the end.
How to Proceed Through This Tutorial
This tutorial is an extended version of the original post. It breaks parts of the original tutorial down into even further steps. Additionally, each step is followed by a short video clip demonstration rather than a still picture.
I encourage you to read one step at a time, watch the video demonstrating that step, and draw along with me.
If you have trouble keeping up, you can break a step down into even smaller mini steps. Just read one sentence at a time and pause the video after it shows that mini step so you can replicate it.
Another alternative is to watch the entire clip first without drawing, so you can see how I do that portion of the drawing from start to finish. Then you can watch it again and try with me.
I believe a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth even more than a thousand pictures. So, while I will often describe what I am drawing in the written steps, you will learn a lot of the how-to steps simply by watching the videos and doing as I do to the best of your ability. You can use the directions and tips I give along the way during each lecture to supplement your efforts.
I believe it is helpful to see how to NOT do something. I also believe that imperfections are okay, and you should not be afraid to make mistakes while creating your drawings or other artwork. Therefore, you will see my mistakes and erasures, which I think can serve as useful learning tools.
Other Learning Options
Just in case video isn’t your preferred method of learning, you can go to the Extras section and check out the ebook version of this extended tutorial. It has all of the same information with pictures instead of video. Also, don’t forget about the other learning resources found in the Extras section: a PDF picture slideshow of this tutorial, similar reference photos for extra practice, and the same time-lapse version of the tutorial that is on YouTube.
The downloadable ebook, downloadable slideshow PDF, downloadable grids and transfer resources, and more extras are available only with the paid version of this course or a Let’s Draw Today Club subscription.
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Love the Journey of Learning How to Draw
Finally, remember that learning how to draw is all about practice, experimenting, and enjoyment. As you proceed through this or any of my other tutorials, it’s easy to get frustrated if you are making mistakes or your drawing doesn’t look like my example. My advice to you is to let go of your frustration.
Instead, learn to love the journey. Try your best! Don’t be afraid to make changes to what I am doing to make it your own. Celebrate your drawing successes, even if it’s one small success that makes you proud of yourself. If you are not getting it right the first try, be proud of yourself for trying, and then try again.
Draw along with as many of my tutorial courses as you can, have fun along the way, and you will see remarkable improvements in your drawing skills before you realize it. Stay positive, stay motivated, don’t give up, and do keep drawing!
Use a Reference Photo of a Boat on a Lake
I’ll use this picture as my reference photo to guide me as I draw. It is a picture taken from Albufera Natural Park just south of Valencia, Spain. I guess Albufera technically has a lagoon rather than a lake. However, I think it’s close enough to a lake for our drawing purposes! Although this picture shows ten birds and a family in the boat, I will be drawing fewer birds and just one person in the boat.
You can use the same concepts you learn from this tutorial and apply them to drawing similar landscapes with boats and lakes. As someone who didn’t know a lot about boats before drawing this picture (I still don’t know much really), I found the reference photo to be very helpful in drawing the various parts of the boat. I even learned a few new boat terms that I will be using throughout the tutorial!
Here are a few terms related to the boat that I will be referring to throughout the tutorial:
Materials Used for This Drawing
Here is a list of the materials I am using for this drawing.
If you don’t have some of these materials, that’s okay. You can still make do with what you have or try to improvise if necessary, as long as you just get started!
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- Sheet of drawing paper
- Sheet of folded paper to prevent smudging
- HB, 2B, and 4B graphite pencils
- Kneaded eraser
- Plastic eraser
- Dusting brush
- Blending stump
- Eraser pencil