In this easy landscape drawing tutorial I will walk you through all the steps to create this colorful landscape in Procreate. To create this landscape we’ll be using the brushes that come with Procreate and two free Procreate brushes. Want to use the exact same colors as were used in this drawing tutorial? You can find the color palette here.
Easy Landscape Drawing – step 1
To get started with this landscape drawing, first thing we’ll do is make a circle. You can use the monoline brush which is part of the calligraphy brushes. To make a perfect circle you need to draw a circle, hold your pen in place and then hold one finger on your screen to make it snap to a perfect circle. Fill the circle with a dark purple by dragging the color circle at the top right of your screen into the circle you have just drawn.
On a layer below the purple circle, make a new circle. This time, make a white circle which is slightly bigger than the purple one. In your layer menu, click the background layer and select a pink color for the background.
Step 2 – Paint mountains
Next step is to start drawing mountains. We want the mountains to be visible on the purple circle only, to do this we can use the clipping mask option. Make a new layer on top of your purple circle, click the layer and then select clipping mask. By using clipping mask, the pixels you paint will only be visible on the pixels that are underneath (so that’s the purple circle).
Use the monoline brush again to start drawing a random mountain shape. Make sure you turn off Streamline in your brush settings though. You can look at some reference photos of mountains online if you need inspiration for the shapes of your mountains.
Make sure you leave no gaps in your shape and loop around the bottom to connect the right side of the line with the left. Now you can drag in the light blue color to fill your shape. The first mountain is here! Now continue moving forward by adding new layers (and selecting clipping mask for them). Since we are making a gradient style landscape, we pick darker blue colors as we move to the front.
Step 3 – Painting the sky
Next we’ll paint a gradient in the sky, it’ll transition from light pink to dark purple. To be able to paint on the purple circle and not go outside of the shape, you need to click the layer of the purple circle and select alpha lock. Using the Soft Brush which is part of the Airbrushes, you can start painting in a gradient. Are the edges still too visible? You can use Gaussian Blur to make the transition of the colors more smooth, you can find it in the menu with the magic wand.
We’ll add even more interest to the sky by adding stars, the Milky Way and some falling stars. Make a new layer above the purple circle layer and select the Glimmer brush, under Luminance. You will need to tweak the settings of this brush a little bit. Turn up the Spacing, Jitter and Scatter to max and use the brush at a small size. To create the Milky Way, pick the Nebula brush, which is also part of the Luminance set. Use some bright blues and pinks and make a diagonal stroke to create the Milky Way in your sky. Finally, let’s add some falling stars using the Lightpen brush (also part of the Luminacne set). Using the Perspective Blur tool, you can add some movement to your falling stars.
Step 4 – Adding texture and snow to the mountains
Now that we have added a nice touch to the sky, let’s add some texture and snow to the mountains. Move back to the layer with the mountains in the background for this. Go to Industrial in your brush panel and pick the Rusted Decay brush, you can use this brush to add some interesting texture to the mountain. Use colors that are close to the colors that are already there. Do the same thing with the mountain that is in front of the mountains in the back.
Next step is to add some snow to the mountains in the back. We’ll use a brush that is part of the Charcoals set, the Burnt Tree brush. Use a bright color and focus on one side of the mountains. In this case I painted all the snow on the right side slopes of the mountain. Triangles and angular shapes work well when painting snow like this. Also add some snow to the mountain in front, just use a darker color so the snow won’t stand out too much.
Easy Landscape Drawing – Final Step – Trees!
Time for the final step, adding some trees! Adding trees is super easy using these free tree brushes. Just make a new layer on top of the others and drop in some trees with different sizes. It is a bit of trial and error, so use undo to get rid of any tree you don’t like. Or you could drop the trees on separate layers and use the transform tool (the little arrow in the menu) to transform the trees and move them around.
On the right you can see a little overview of the layers that I have made to create this landscape.
Have fun painting a landscape of your own! Be sure to share your result, I would love to see it. Click the image below to get your free brushes!
Sources of inspiration
People often ask me how I come up with ideas or what to do when you have an artblock. I love browsing through websites like Unsplash, Pexels and Shutterstock and just look at awesome pictures to get inspiration. But browsing through Pinterest is also a great way to spark your creativity and fill your mind with ideas.
For this tutorial I wanted to create something that would be easy to follow but that would still give a magical looking end result. I got inspired by gradient style illustrations and some photos on Shutterstock.
I loved how these photos give that magical winter feeling! I also found inspiration on Pinterest, from these awesome gradient style illustrations from artists like Aaron Olive, Zandra Art, Xiaoniaojiu, LeZhang and Yao Yao.
Are you having trouble finding proper reference materials for your art? Check out this article about finding reference and study material. Or just move on and check the ‘You Can Draw This’ video tutorial below.