The backside of the San Bernardino Mountains is a high desert terrain, which was the perfect inspiration of this drawing. Desert landscapes are wonderful draw because the artist can either go out in nature and sketch, or use a photograph from a hike. Drawing pictures is a economical way to create art, which allows a person impart their personal tastes when it comes to home decor. That is not something that will happen when purchasing a mass produced art print at a big box store, so there are perks to creating art. The materials used for art project consist of:
- a digital photograph of the desert side of the San Bernardino Mountains
- recycled computer paper
- a sketch pencil
- colored pencils
Using recycled computer paper for a drawing projects is a great way to reuse unwanted items, and no one will be able to tell the backside of the page was printed on once the artwork is framed.
This landscape was inspired by a picture taken of the large boulders out at The Pinnacles, which are located in the San Bernardino Mountains. Drawing pictures by hand is a wonderful budget craft because this is something you can do with a simple pencil and a sheet of paper.
The desert landscape sketch at this phase is still a work in progress with all of the chaparal brush, large boulders, and manzanita bushes now added to the drawing. This illustration is based on a real picture taken out at The Pinnacles, so time and detail have been invested in adding as many of the natural surroundings as possible.
Some artists prefer quick sketches that capture the essence of a location, but the beauty of budget crafting is that you can also spend time drawing in as many details as you desire. Think of how spending time on a sketch may be engrossing, but the time you spend doing this does not cost a dime. Also, the more you draw the more you refine your technique, so spend a little bit of time drawing whenever and wherever you please.
The blue colored pencils are being rubbed into the sky to capture the effect of puffy white clouds. The next step will be to color in the landscape itself.
The large boulders out at The Pinnacles are in the foreground of this photograph. Some people do not realize the chaparral forests of the San Bernardino Mountains give way to the rocky and mountainous desert landscape that is exhilarating to hike and draw. Taking a picture of a desert landscape and then going home to sketch or paint it is a great way to recreate what you have seen in nature.
An easy way to create a desert landscape illustration is to first draw out what you see and then to add the colored pencil hues by layering. To achieve the rich layers on the large boulders out by The Pinnacles there were multiple layers of colored pencils applied on top of each other. Do not worry about making your illustration look exactly like what you see in nature, and keep in mind art is about emulating what you feel about nature.
With budget crafting it is okay to mix high end colored pencils with cheaper colored pencils, or to even use economy colored pencils like Carola brand. The entire focus of budget crafting is to make do with supplies that are within your means, and keep in mind an artist can render a beautiful drawing with the simplest of tools. So grab a sketch pencil and a package of colored pencils, and start creating some beautiful art work for the walls of your home.