Lovely white snow can bring out the child in many of us. Though it tends to create chaos, there is a certain beauty of a landscape transformed into a white wonderland. Snow formations on even the most demure object can turn it into a work of art, if just for a short while.
Snow is an artist favorite to capture on canvas, thanks to the shadow play and simple color palette that transform even simple details into strong points of art.
Discover a few ways to draw snow in your artwork and create beautiful wintry compositions.
One of the best things about creating a snowy scene is that most of the landscape and background needs less thought than if it didn’t have snow. Sometimes a pale wash of color with some shading to define the layout of the land is enough.
Drawing snow around buildings and objects
For buildings, objects or living subjects, you will need to learn how to make it look like they are in or on the snow. This is very easy to do by shading and mounding up the snow around them, depending on how deep you want your snow to be.
To demonstrate some basics, I have drawn a very simple landscape with the outlines of a house and some trees. I have not drawn the bottom portion of the house nor the trees since these portions will be obscured by snow in the next step.
Now for the fun part: adding the snow!
On the roof: Redraw the roof of the house with curvy lines to create the look of being snow covered. Lightly erase the original roof lines as you go. Let the straight roof you drew originally become your guide to making the rooftop snow placement look natural.
Curve or mound up the snow on the chimney or any other rooftop details you may be using.
On the windows: Draw small mounds snow on window tops.
On the trees: For the trees, I simply drew in a little foliage detail peeking through in just a few spots. This immediately creates a snow covered look.
You can leave your snow scene very simple and it will still be lovely and serene. But if more detailing is what you like, here are a few more pointers.
Additional snowy details
On the trees: Deepen the shading on the foliage in just a few places right where is starts to show from under the snow.
On the house: Add some shading under all the places where the snow overhangs the roof, windows and doorways. This will strengthen the snow effect.
Drawing falling snowflakes
When and if you add falling snowflakes, make some flakes bigger in the foreground to create depth.
How to draw footprints in the snow
To create footprints in the snow, draw prints that are similar in size and shape to the human or creature’s prints you are drawing.
Next, add some shading and depth with the medium you are working with. Note in the footprints below I shaded only about half of each print. This makes them look realisti,c since a foot would push deeper into only some of the snow while walking.
A light, uneven wash of color in tones of blues or even pinks are usually enough background to complete your snow scene effect.
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