How to Draw a Charcoal Mountain Range

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Drawing a charcoal mountain range is a great way to get experience with a few different types of techniques. Find out how to draw a charcoal mountain range with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi, everyone. My name is Gene Shaw. I've been an illustrator and a graphic designer for a little more than 15 years now and today we're going to take a look at a few techniques on how to draw charcoal mountain ranges, so mountain ranges using charcoal and a couple of different techniques and we're going to show you one right now. Alright, so let's talk about a charcoal mountain range. Now before I start drawing I always like to give myself a few construction lines so I'm going to say we'll go for you know, the Rockies or the Himalayas and give ourselves like a nice big mountain right here in front, maybe a smaller one over here. I don't know if you've ever saw the Sawtooth Mountains out west, western America but they are phenomenal and then sort of in closer I'm going to want something here, a little closer, maybe more of like a rolling hill. Anyway, something like that. Typically a mountain at the top will be brighter. So what we want to do is we want to start shading probably from the bottom. Now I'm just going to lay down a quick base of color here and then I'm going to take it in. I'm just going to get right in there with my finger and just take it up to the top there and don't be afraid to lay out some solid shapes because remember, this is rock and rock tends to have angles. It's not much curve to it. So just keep that in mind as you are sort of feeling your way into these mountains and you know, have fun with it. Just play around with the shape, play around with the charcoal, the color a little bit. Don't be afraid to get dirty. I know when I was the kid I was the clean one. I hated charcoal and over time it has not grown on me but I can use it. Anyway, but remember, the peaks are going to be whiter, maybe they have snow on them or giving myself a good base of color down here. The peaks are going to have snow on them and the other thing that you want to remember that your light source is coming from one direction, okay so in this case it will be the sun. So we have the darker areas to the western side and so maybe it's a little bit of a morning painting here. And again don't be afraid to get dirty. Let's keep the tops of these mountains as white as we can for a little while because we want the, we want to give the illusion of snow and then I'm just going to come in here and very lightly give myself some rolling hills and just real, use the side of the charcoal, just get in there and real lightly kind of shade that in a little bit. Then again I'd get right in there with your finger, what the heck. And then if you want to detail anything, you know get in there with the sharp piece of charcoal and you can go, do a little more detail and say I want to shade this a little better and just kind of finish it up and you can get in there that way. But anyway, those are your basic mountain shading techniques in charcoal. Maybe come up here and do some clouds if you've got some leftover charcoal on your fingers, you can just kind of get in there and shade in the sky but there you have it, just a simple technique to help your charcoal mountain ranges look a little better and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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