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Creating A Colored Pencil Drawing of The Mount Baldy Sunset
Colored pencils are an creative medium for drawing and coloring in a sunset landscape. First I use a sketch pencil to draw the outline of the mountain and clouds, and then I fill it in with colored pencils. I enjoy drawing sunset scenes based on actually locations that I photograph, such as the view of Mount Baldy here in Southern California as seen from the Inland Valley. One thing I have learned to do over the years is use artistic license to delete and change details about a photograph when I am drawing a picture based on it, such as omitting the pylons and buildings as I did with my latest sunset illustration. The photos and videos below will showcase how I created my drawing of the sunset back-lit view of Mount Baldy from start to finish.
Watch A Video About The Drawing Process
If you are short on time and just want to watch a snippet about the drawing process, the video below will provide this. I have created other art tutorial videos on YouTube, which you can also watch as time allows.
The sunset behind Mount Baldy is a view I see every day on my evening walks, which is why I was compelled to draw this landscape. Now I can admire the illustration every time I look at my wall, which is more exciting than just looking at blank space. Creative types can create their own artwork on a budget, which is an ideal way to decorate the walls of any home.
Drawing The Sunset View of Mount Baldy
The first phase of drawing the sunset was to lightly sketch it out with a drawing pencil.
The first step in creating my sketch was to lightly draw the outline of Mount Baldy in the distance, the clouds in the sky, and the trees in the foreground.
Coloring The Sunset View of Mount Baldy
Below I began to color in the sunset drawing of Mount Baldy.
An orange colored pencil was used to start coloring in the upper part of the sky.
I slowly added purple to the large clouds in the middle of the sunset sky.
Above I finished added the major purple and orange blended clouds to the sky.
Bright orange was added to the lower portion of the sky, with wispy red-orange and yellow clouds. A blue-violet colored pencil was used to shade in Mount Baldy.
I continued to color in the peaks of Mount Baldy with a violet blue colored pencil to create the silhouette of this mountain range.
After I completed shading in Mount Baldy I shaded in the valley leading up to the base of the mountains.
In the photograph above you can see I have finished coloring in the sky and the mountains, and now I am going to color in the trees.
In the photograph above I have finished coloring in my sunset drawing. Mount Baldy's silhouette looks stunning with the orange, purple, red, and yellow tones of the sunset.
It is always a time to buy colored pencils for your next art project because this medium is pretty affordable. Besides, it would be inconvenient not to have any colored pencils on hand when you start drawing a landscape. A good budget friendly set of colored pencils are the Prismacolor Scholar pencils, which are almost as good as the professional sets.