Simple Techniques for Better Landscapes (DVD + Streaming)
- Includes both DVD and On-Demand streaming access
- Bonus downloadable materials available after purchase
- 7 Sessions
- Total Runtime: 2h 44m
NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)
Meet your instructor, Nancy Ellen Thompson, who will guides you through the easiest techniques to make your landscape drawings pop. Start with the basic ideas behind composition and explore techniques such as light against dark, the rule of thirds, and line perspective. Pick a photo and start your sketch!
Reference Material & Rough Sketch (18:15)
Nancy helps you decide the best position for your focal point and demonstrates materials you can use, such as a rubylith, to help differentiate the light and dark values. She will also explain the difference between sketching and drawing and help you begin to create a rough sketch of your photo drawing.
Creating Value (25:23)
Start your crosshatches! Nancy monstrates how to understand value differences in a drawing and shows how to test variations in pencil hardness to achieve the effects you want. Be sure to test your own pencil set before beginning, then start to add texture and tone to a tree sketch.
Depth & Distance (27:50)
Use your light and dark values to create depth and distance in your drawing. Nancy demonstrates how to properly place objects in your drawing to create a sense of distance. Then she shows you how to use both soft and hard edges with details or no details to provide perspective.
Trees, Shrubs, Grass & Mountains (30:25)
Add life to your landscape with realistic trees, shrubs, grass and mountains. Follow Nancy’s directions to make your trees and grasses come to life. She’ll also show you how to create a background of mountains without using harsh lines.
Rocks & Water (21:46)
Expand your landscape details by drawing unique rocks and water reflections. Follow Nancy’s simple demonstration to draw convincing water reflections. For a more advanced technique, sketch out a waterfall or rapids area that pairs rocks and water together in one drawing.
Man-Made Elements (11:40)
Add the final details to your drawing with man-made elements. Nancy helps you place fences, houses and sidewalks to add life to your drawing. Add more texture and shading for visual appeal, but ultimately the drawing is yours! Let your creative juices flow.
Teaching art is a way of life for Nancy Ellen Thompson. She loves sharing her techniques with both new and accomplished artists in workshops throughout the country and on Craftsy. Nancy Ellen takes on a limited number of commissions, and her work can be found in private collections worldwide. Nancy Ellen is represented by Bishop’s Stock Gallery in Snow Hill, Maryland and City Art Gallery in Columbia, South Carolina.
Supplies and Resources
Bonus materials available after purchase
Your DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. Your purchase also includes access to a streaming version of the class and downloadable PDF class materials. After your purchase, you can find your streaming class and your PDF class materials by logging into your Craftsy account using the user name and password you established.
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How do I stream my class on Craftsy.com?
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Do I have to purchase a Craftsy Membership to get my class?
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What is your return policy?
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