How to Draw Better Landscape Maps

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When drawing a landscape map you may want to draw the bodies of water first. Draw better landscape maps with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy, I'm an artist. And I'm going to show you how to draw better landscape maps. So we are going to start by putting the water bodies in first. So the map I'm drawing has a long skinny river. Comes out like so and goes all the way through. So I'm going to color that in blue. And the best way to draw a map is to kind of know the approximate distance between each area. But you can guess it it's okay 'cause we are not doing things perfectly to scale here. So I've got my river. And over here and there's another pond. This is all bird's eye view down like a regular map. So now I'm going to get in and draw the trees, forest, everything else. So I've got a big forest line right along the bottom of my map. It goes all the way down the bottom of this part of the river. So I'm just going to color all of that in cause that's just one big mass of trees. And then over this side of the river there's smaller masses. So you just draw approximate shapes. It doesn't have to be too detailed. Just really simple. Wherever the trees are. My area is pretty big park area so we've got lots of trees. And around here just smaller blocks of trees. If you want to put in any roads or anything else I would actually just do lines that come around like so. So that line is a dead end. And then maybe there's roads that come off into housing that come off like so. Depends on where you are drawing, all of the areas. So we've got lines for roads, water bodies in blue, green globs for the trees. Really simple and you don't have to put houses or anything like that. 'Cause that would just make it very complicated. So there we go. My name is Daisy and that's how you draw better landscape maps.

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