How to Draw a Simple Christmas Scene

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Drawing a very simple Christmas scene only requires a paper, an art pencil and a little bit of time. Draw a simple Christmas scene with help from a family entertainment specialist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Terina Gillette and I'm a Professional Event Coordinator and we're here at the Christmas Inn located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. And today, we're going to discuss how to draw a very simple Christmas scene. To get started, all we need to do is get some paper; you can use a sketch pad or some paper that you have at home from your copy machine. We need to have an art pencil. So, this particular pencil is a dark led pencil, but you can also use HP pencil that you might have at home; an art eraser, you need to have one that is white and also a ruler. So, the first thing we're going to do into starting our drawing is pick our subject matter. In the picture that we have, we're going to be drawing a snowman. And so, snowman have very simple shapes. You don't want your circles to be too perfect, kind of random, three circles. And I chose the middle because there are vanishing point in our lines here so that our snowman can be our focal point. And then, we're going to have just a little bit of snow on our background here and we're just going to do around the snowman and then, kind of build our scene around this. So, instead of doing a traditional like triangle shape for your Christmas tree in the background, we're going to add little shapes of triangles to kind of give an effect of snow already on it. So, and then varying your pencil with your pressure of light to dark will help to kind of add some instant shading and, and give some character to your picture. You don't want each shape of your tree to be exactly the same, you want to have a little bit of different shapes to it. And you're going to continue this all the way down until you get about the size tree that you think that you want in your picture. And minimally, shade in and out here and then also add your background some more. Up in our upper corner here, we're going to add a little house and this is where your ruler comes in handy, so you can measure out your ruler and actually have a vanishing point if you're used to that or if you just want to keep it simple, then you can just kind of freehand the little shape of a house or a barn by making a triangle and then going off of that to make the length of the house that you want. Just make sure to keep shapes that are similar; this direction the same and also your angles for your house, that way your roof lines up. You're going to finish sketching this out and adding in those snow drifts around it. If you want to add some more detail here, you can add a few windows to your house or your barn, just by adding simple shapes like rectangles and squares; you'll add the definition that you need to build your home. Lines throughout, make it look boards. Make them the opposite if you're drawing a barn-type shape house that way it gives some definition to it. Keep your sketch strokes very light. If you make them too dark and you have to erase it and you'll be able to see the imprint. Then also, if you want to add another little tree, we're going to just come over and make some windy shapes with some flex out from it. You don't want to add too much detail and definition in this part, you can go back later and add some more into it. But, just something like a fall wintry tree and you're making it a little smaller so it seems like it's a little further in the background. And also add the lines for your tree and make it look like bark and shade those in. Now, we're going to go back to our focal point here which is our snowman. We're going to add his hat, which you could do any kind of hats you want to do here and give him his face. It, instead of making perfect circles for your coal, you also want to have some jagged lines on that, the same thing for your carrot nose. If you do everything very, very precise, then it doesn't look as realistic. And what's going to make your picture; you can do a cartoon type of picture if it has more crisp lines in it or more of a realistic look to it by the types of shading that you add into, to it. So, we're going to also continue adding things to build our snowman and I want my snowman to have a scarf. So, we're going to add a scarf on him and you can add a bow if you'd rather have a bow, any kind of accessories that you would ordinarily put on your snowman outside, it's the same kind that you can draw inside your Christmas scene here. In order to make branches and twigs that come out from the snowman, you just want to have, keep your lines thin and remember to do your line quality so in the line quality we get from pressing and, and lining up on our pencil. So, that will help to give some thin lines to our thickenss and make it look more realistic like a tree branch. Of course you can draw anything that you want coming out from your snowman there. But, I like tree branches and we're going to come inward, little bit on the side part of our snowman here and then we're going to shade just a little bit. So, since we want to keep things very light and airy, we're just going to use some very light simple strokes on the side to give some shading 'cause snow is white, so we don't want to cover up too much of our pencil strokes. I want my hat to be darker, so, I'm going to color my hat just a little bit. Also, this is a good time to accessorize if you wanted to maybe add a little bit of holly or things like that as you want on your snowman's hat. Pretty much anything that you'd like to add to accentuate your holiday scene. Just remember to also with your shading to keep things that are underneath darker and your light at the top of your light source. And we're going to work in our tree a little bit and we're just going to add a few little areas where we shade in to give it a little bit of depth, just we're not going to do too much detail because we're going to keep it really simple, just enough to add some variety and depth to our picture. And you can work on, you can take your eraser at this point if you wanted to erase some of these lines. I kind of like to add those in and keep it, I think it adds a little bit of character to keep the lines in there. But, if you make the mistake, he white eraser; I'm just going to show you how easily that it erases off and the reason why it's important to have the white art eraser on your white paper. So, right there. Okay. And then, I want to have a star at the top of my tree and I'm just going to do just the kind you do when you were a kid. And fill that in there and in the background, I want to have few more mountains and snow coming through to add some depth in my picture. I also like to add some depth with my snow, but again, to keep it light and simple, just varying if you have your strokes, small sketching strokes. Maybe a little bit of cross hatching there to give some depth to your foreground and background. And then, we want to add, I would like to have snow falling. So, all you have to do to add your snow shapes is very little tiny circles, just in random places. What's better about doing the circles instead of the dots is because if you just do little dots on your paper, it's just dark lines. And so, this actually adds a little bit of fluffy, snow-like detail to your Christmas scene picture. And you can continue this down into your foreground area and that will also help to separate what is your foreground from your background in your, in your area here. So, continue adding in details to your Christmas scene for what you like and then, here we have our finished simple Christmas scene.


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