Hey guys, welcome to another episode of
RossDraws. Today we’ll be drawing landscapes! I love drawing landscapes
probably just as much as characters, and so I’ve compiled a list of essential key
tips on how to make your landscape perfect. And this month is NIMAVERSE
month — I’m revamping my entire Patreon for the year, focusing on world building
profile building, and it’s gonna center around my upcoming book NIMA. I’m giving
you guys the free mystery pin, one of these four characters from the book.
Without further ado, let’s do it! So this is
a piece that I’ve decided to work on with you guys today.
In my previous episode I revealed Lyris the Dragons Whisperer. Lyris is from the
cloud world, I thought we could make a really cool landscape with clouds,
floating crescents, beautiful scenery, and birds. So tip number one is the rule of
thirds. This is so important! You can break up everything into the rule thirds: cars,
characters, this tablet, these programs, this keyboard; you can break down any
painting into a rule of thirds. This is great for beginners and great for anyone
trying to check their composition. I put this crescent right here on this focal
point, and it’s always more interesting to use two thirds of the composition and
then leave the other third for something else. Yeah, so where do we put our third
Crescent? Since we’re dominating down here, let’s
put a smaller Crescent up here on this focal point. There you go! Let’s get our grid, see now this one looks important — it has
character and it repeats the crescent shape one, two, three. Which leads to my
second lesson of the rule of thirds: how do I add objects in an organic way? Maybe
if you want to add birds, poles, flowers? So what I learned is, if you want to add
things organically you put two close together and one far apart. For example
if wanna add birds, these two are gonna be close together and then there’s one
far apart. If you put three next to each other
that looks a little mechanical, you know. So for my crescents, these two are close
together, one far apart. So next time when you’re trying to design a landscape or
even take a picture, think about the rule of thirds. Second essential tip on creating landscapes is the color story! The story of your color
is so important, because it evokes the mood you want your audience to feel. So
I’m just gonna show you what color can do. Ooo, nice. So blues are meant for trust — we
look out at a nice sunny sky, we trust the sky. It’s red, ooo. Now it’s a different
mood! Passion, it’s more power, it’s like aaaa! Green is also calming, you know. Green
represents nature. Good practice for your color story is to always have warms
versus cools. Like maybe it’s a warm up here and
it’s cooler down here Ooo, ah The sun is really warm and the shadows are cool, but if we
reverse that and now we gravitate our eyes to this spot, maybe there’s like a
campfire maybe there’s like a single streetlight. I am going to try to
challenge myself, I’m gonna sandwich the warmth. Maybe there’s like a field of flowers on these crescents All the colors are in
here, so we can take this shade and kind of carve out this rock Use the colors
that I made and add structure to my subjects. The third essential simple tip on
landscapes is: shape contrast! We like mixing textures, maybe it’s an outfit you
know, what kind of hat would go with what what kind of dress. Do you wear hats with dresses?
You get what I mean. Like what jewelry goes with your dress? For example
in my piece, my crescents and heart structure has more of a swooping motion
and then my clouds – more organic, looser structure – has a more linear
characteristic. And then within the shape itself, you can add even more
characteristics. I’m gonna break the shape into two shapes, so it’s like a
broken rock Imma break this part as well- Something I learn with shapes is that
your brain is really smart, obviously. But your brain can connect the dots wherever
it goes; even though these are broken, we read it as one continuous structure. Some real-life examples of this tip: you know when you see a sunset in water? Those are
two different characteristics, you have the beautiful sunset and we get to the [WHOOSHING NOISES] the water waves, like if you just have just the sky that’s beautiful, that’s cool.
But if you add a plane through it, it juxtaposes each other and it creates
more character. My fourth essential tip is: scale! Scale is so important when
creating environments because it can literally make or break your piece. Right
now let’s add Lyris I’m thinking she is around this tall. Oo! That’s kinda nice I kind of put her in the center, it makes her feel like she’s the one. She’s
in control, this is her destiny. And this is very popular with movie game posters:
Halo, you know even Pokemon. Let’s change the scale.
Oh my gosh! You know, everything is less important, we’re in the middle, and it
feels a little weird. But let’s make her really small. Ooh!
And so now the world is our oyster, there’s a whole land of opportunity! I
kind of like this scale right here. She’s big enough where she feels
important, and she’s small enough where the environment feels massive and epic.
And there’s one more tip but before we get to it,
I want to refine and work on this painting a little bit and so I’ll check
back soon. Hey guys! Welcome back and here’s the progress, just needed to tune
in and try to figure it out and I think I’m looking pretty good!
I’m trying to give more character to these crescents — I added beautiful flowers..
and this leads me to my fifth and final essential tip for landscapes: atmospheric
perspective! This can make your piece more immersive and believable. If I want
to add more atmospheric perspective and push this further back, I will use the
sky color to kind of push it back. If you can push this one a little bit, you see
that? I’m adding more atmospheric perspective which correlates to my bonus
tip: color dodge! How do you expect me to make a landscape video without adding
some color dodge or some godrays? I’m not gonna let you guys down. I feel like this
piece can use some of that Beautiful Sun Energy, that blast of color dodge and so
here we go- Oooo Yeah, just needed a little bit of that
mother nature, that life, just breathing into us. This is before and after. Ah!
Before and after. We just gravitate towards that warmth, that color dodge, that godray. So to recap our essential tips, we have I feel like those tips are essential for starting and refining your
landscape skills, so I’m gonna work on this thing and I’ll check back in with a
final. Hey guys, welcome back and I hope you enjoyed this episode. I hope it gave
you some insight with tips on how to make your environments and landscapes
stronger. If you want the full demo and check out everything in-depth, please
visit my Patreon where I’m having a NIMA VERSE update. I just want to help you
guys build your own portfolio and create your own world. This video’s question is: Maybe you want to be on like a
floating beach, a fiery volcano, maybe you’re too hot so you want to go to
the Arctic, some icy caves. For me, 2020 has been such a stimulating year so I
want to kind of, be in the clouds, maybe you field of flowers with Milo, and just
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subscriber. My debut book NIMA comes out in June, pre-order is in May; I am beyond
excited for it. Don’t forget to subscribe and remember, everyday in the color dodge day!