How to Draw Mountains – Part 4

How to Draw Mountains – Intro

How to Draw Mountains – Part 1

How to Draw Mountains – Part 2

How to Draw Mountains – Part 3

How to Draw Mountains – Part 4

How to Draw Mountains – Part 5

How to Draw Mountains – Part 6

How to Draw Mountains – Part 7

Draw the Middle Peaks

Shade and Blend the Middle Peaks


Now let’s look at the first middle peak. Remember to leave the thin vertical snow trail that separates this peak from the peak to the left. With a 4B pencil, shade the shadow areas of the mountain.


Continue to do the same thing with the other two peaks. Look for slopes from each peak that really stand out and get direct sunlight. Make sure to put dark tones behind these slopes and rocky protrusions to represent shadows.


Use your tortillion to blend the tight areas of each middle peak now. Our purpose here is to make the outline of the mountain smooth against the background of the sky.


Now, use a blending stump to blend the area underneath these middle peaks. Blend the light areas as well as the darker areas. I am generally blending using vertical strokes to keep in a consistent direction with the tall, vertical sections of rock.

Finish Shading the First Middle Peak


Now let’s finish shading the first middle peak. I’m using a 4B pencil now. Trace over the contours of the peak and add extra details to the rocky surface. Even though this area here is in shadow, I still want to indicate cracks and other details in the surface. We can then blend the area and even lift subtle highlights next to some of the dark lines.


Next, build up some texture on the lighter areas of this mountain.


Use the residue from your tortillion to create vertical streaks going up the smooth area at the foot of the mountain.

Finish Shading the Other Middle Peaks


Now let’s finish shading the first middle peak. I’m using a 4B pencil now. Trace over the contours of the peak and add extra details to the rocky surface. Even though this area here is in shadow, I still want to indicate cracks and other details in the surface. We can then blend the area and even lift subtle highlights next to some of the dark lines.


Next, build up some texture on the lighter areas of this mountain.


Use the residue from your tortillion to create vertical streaks going up the smooth area at the foot of the mountain.

How to Draw Mountains – Part 5

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