How to Draw a Tent – Part 5

How to Draw a Tent – Intro

How to Draw a Tent – Part 1

How to Draw a Tent – Part 2

How to Draw a Tent – Part 3

How to Draw a Tent – Part 4

How to Draw a Tent – Part 5

Finishing Touches

Shade the Side of the Tent


We are getting close to the end! It’s time for some finishing touches.

Let’s finish up shading the side of the tent.

Outline the rectangular shape of the bottom side of the tent. This portion of the tent is darker than the top portion, so we will need to have darker shading here as well.

Shade along the lightly sketched wrinkles in the tent.

Then shade between all of these wrinkles to establish the overall color of this part of the tent. We want to make this a close match in value to what we did along this bottom part of the front. In the reference photograph, we can see that the bottom front of the rain fly cover and the bottom side are both red, and the top of the rain fly is a lighter orange. So we want those differences in value to be reflected in our drawing too!

You might also notice that I am changing the grip of my pencil here. This is not mandatory. It’s just a way I can apply more pressure to the side of my pencil lead while shading.

I’m making this front corner of the rain fly darker now. Even though I said we want this and the bottom side to be a close match in value, this front corner should still be darker, because it’s almost like a different face or plane. It’s just like a cube has six faces, and each face has a different shade based on the amount of light that is reaching it.

The side of the tent is pretty much done now. We’re just going to darken up the straps and the stakes at each corner.

Add Darker Tones Where Needed


Next, we will apply a few darker tones in some spots.

Switching back to the 4B pencil, darken up some of the shadows where the rain fly meets the inner tent and where the wrinkles on the lower dark gray area meet the lower part of the tent’s mesh door.

Apply a moderate amount of pressure with your 4B pencil to make a thin shadow along the bottom edge of the tent. This will be the shadow that the tent is casting upon the grass under it.

I’m also taking a look at the overall drawing and shading areas that might need more contrast between the darker and lighter areas. If you want an object or surface of lighter value to stand out and be more obvious, a good way to do that is to make the object or surface next to it a darker value.

Draw Grass Around the Tent


Now let’s switch back to the 2B pencil for the final step – drawing grass around the tent.

Begin by using the tip of the pencil to draw a few individual blades of grass.

Use short strokes and randomly alternate between curving to the left and curving to the right.

Sketch some blades overlapping the tent and others that are fully below the tent.

Using the same general up and down motion, begin shading the blades of grass and the ground area with the side of your pencil lead. You can give the illusion of grass without drawing each and every blade of grass.

And that is how you draw a tent!

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