How to Draw Forests, Forest Backgrounds

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STEP 1. So typically, forests are basically a mixture of trees ranging from evergreens, to maples, all clumped together.(In most cases) little light reaching the forest floor. The most common of trees that crowd the area of forests, are evergreens, very tall trees that look similar to Christmas trees. They can be drawn in many ways; some with sloping - droopy branches, erected - straight branches, or towering branches reaching in all directions. In other words, these type of combo of trees are called 'Coniferous forests'. The other combination of trees, are the 'Deciduous', which are basically trees that shed leaves every cold season (Autumn). All in all, create your forests with an 'edge' by adding unexpected sources of trees. Experiment!   STEP 2. Here, we study the various types of stumps for our trees. Typically, we'll be drawing these landscapes from 1st person level view, which means you'll be seeing the forest at human eye level. So with that being said, we have to draw the stumps either clumped (depending on the type of forest), or spread apart. However, spread apart forests usually mean that the acre is close to a clearing of plains. Also, to spruce up your landscape, add flowers, fungus (mushrooms), and other natural foliage that usually decorate a forest. I would recommend studying various references. Maybe your landscape will have falling - rotted trees or so many trees that it's a dim and dark area. Experiment :)   STEP 3. Now, if you're going to digitally color your drawing, (either through Photoshop or any other vector program), I would recommend knowing your limits with color. If you study many references of forests on Google, you'll realize that the colors (depending on the depth, perspective and lighting), often change with distance. For instance, (the picture to the left) shows that the foreground colors becoming less saturated, dim and darker the further it spreads to the background. Because the trees are off into the distance, the colors will become hazy and dimmer, creating depth and contrast. If you have a very dark forest with lots of trees and barely any light, the colors would probably be a mixture of dark blues and purples.   STEP 4. Here's just a combination of colors you can use for your trees. Note that the darker a shade of green gets, the analogous hue starts to kick in (green sides with blue on the color wheel, just as yellow sides with green). It's important to know your color wheel, and how the colors contrast with one another. Analogous color schemes are THE most common scheme of forest art. The 3rd example is a 'dark forest' color combination.   STEP 5. Start by making the slope or ground line for the forest floor. Once that is done draw out the guidelines for two trees.   STEP 6. Begin sketching or drawing out the bushy or crimped looking form of the trees like you see here. The shaping should be random and not uniform.   STEP 7. Draw out the trunks of the tress like so, then draw in the thick roots that are above ground. To the left you will also need to draw out a thick bush. I added a small cute squirrel or bird hole in the center of the tree to the left.   STEP 8. Add some flowers on the bush, then draw in more of the forest landscape which should include the mounds or hills on the ground. Draw in a biog pine tree in the foreground of the scene, then add more bushes or tree tops that are peaking through the sides.   STEP 9. Almost done folks. Draw in more trees until the forest looks full and very bushy. Of course you can color in your landscape of the forest to resemble an autumn setting.   STEP 10. Remember to include thin lines for the detailing of the tree trunks which you will be doing in the next step.   STEP 11. Lastly, sketch in all the trunk detailing and definition on the trees, then draw in some flowers, grass and distant pines. When you're done you can erase your mistakes if you made any.   STEP 12. Here is how your forest setting comes out looking like. Now you can color it all in. Have fun doing that!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12.