How to draw Fantasy Art - Landscape

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In fairy tales and fictitious fantasy movies, the one which gives color on the whole story is the setting. It is usually used as titles to offer excitement to the viewers; “Alice in Wonderland” and “Jack and the Bean Stalk” are just few examples. For an artist, master pieces are perfected by adding details on its setting or the background of the point of view. Today, you will learn how to draw fantasy landscapes with me.

Fantasy landscapes are excellent places where fairy tales occur or it can be a very frightening and dangerous scene where beast and fictitious creatures rule. In drawing fantasy landscapes it is a requirement for an artist to have wide imagination. Furthermore, the characters that dwell on the portrayed site must be considered. To start with, think of an event or a story and just imagine how its setting will appear. With my case I prefer to draw a nesting area for dragons where islets float above the ground. In drawing this landscape we should first do the outlining. Draw inverted triangles with different sizes and distances from each other, but don’t draw too many of them: that could make your sketch too messy. Draw a trapezoid on the lower part of your paper bigger than the triangles. Add short lines below your triangles and lines connecting them.


When the outlines are already done we can now start drawing the exact appearance of our fantasy landscape. Transform the triangles into islets by providing them irregular shapes while redrawing their sides. The trapezoid can also be an islet in which the dragons have their own slumber. The short lines are root of the ground and some extends to other floating islets. Erase the excess markings from the outline and make the whole picture clearer.

To ad depth in your sketches, try to draw all of them with different types of pencils. Objects that appear nearer the viewer or outside the paper must be seen clearer than those at the rear view. Use thicker lines in drawing the islets and another pencil for the view situated its back. Draw water falls on a bigger islets and clouds above them. Use thin lines to draw a mountain as a background for the islets.

The other technique to give depth and contrast on our drawings is by shading. Shading is a skill which is acquired through practice and experience. One can give the gap on every object they draw through the method of shading. A circle will appear flat if drawn in a paper but by skillfully shading it, it will appear as if in a three dimensional plane. Experts likewise use this method to give textures and shadows on irregular shaped objects. Instead of drawing line, they would choose to shade a part of their work.


Apply shading in your drawing. Give every floating land its appropriate texture depending on its size. The falls has to be well emphasized together with the clouds. You can even add mystical creatures on your drawing; dragons, birds with four wings and also other fictitious creature or you may also draw a flying whale if you want. Just be sure every creature you draw is in line with your theme and doesn’t make the whole picture disorganized.

Our wide imagination is our door to an unknown world of fantasy away from reality; it is a gift that varies in each and every person. With this particular gift, it is going to provide us with the chance of unveiling our hidden talents in drawing, so don’t hesitate of where your imaginations is going to take you.

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