Carrie L. Lewis, Artist & Teacher

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On EmptyEasel: Drawing Natural Looking Landscapes

Is the thought of drawing natural looking landscapes nothing short of a nightmare?

Looking for a better way to create realistic landscapes in colored pencil?

I’ve been using colored pencils for fine art for many years, and one of the most difficult things I’ve ever tried to draw/paint with colored pencils are natural looking landscapes.

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things to make painting a landscape easier, and have narrowed my favorite techniques down to three: direct painting, an umber under drawing, and a complementary under drawing. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Let’s take a look at how you can draw a landscape in colored pencil using an umber under drawing.

The second half of a two-part series on painting realistic landscapes in colored pencil is live on Click here to read it.

Click here to read Part 1.


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  1. Carrie,
    Thanks for the 2 part tutorial! It’s very helpful as there is not much information about Landscapes using Color Pencils.


    • John,

      You’re welcome. Getting natural greens in any medium is tough. I’m glad I was able to shed some light on the subject.


    • Jacy Thorne

      Indeed. This tutorial is immensely helpful and, yes, finding information or tutorials on CP landscapes is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Thank you, Ms. Lewis.

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