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Creating A Colored Pencil Drawing of The Mount Baldy Sunset

Updated on October 29, 2015

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.

Colored pencil drawing of the sunset with the view of Mount Baldy.
Colored pencil drawing of the sunset with the view of Mount Baldy. | Source

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.

Here I drew the outline of Mount Baldy with a few trees in the foreground.
Here I drew the outline of Mount Baldy with a few trees in the foreground. | Source

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.

Here I am beginning to color in the orange parts of the sunset sky.
Here I am beginning to color in the orange parts of the sunset sky. | Source

An orange colored pencil was used to start coloring in the upper part of the sky.

In this phase of the drawing I added the purple clouds to the sky.
In this phase of the drawing I added the purple clouds to the sky. | Source

I slowly added purple to the large clouds in the middle of the sunset sky.

Adding more of the deep purple colored clouds to the colored pencil drawing.
Adding more of the deep purple colored clouds to the colored pencil drawing. | Source

Above I finished added the major purple and orange blended clouds to the sky.

I colored in the lower portion of the sunset sky.
I colored in the lower portion of the sunset sky. | Source

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 shaded in the silhouetted peaks of Mount Baldy.
I shaded in the silhouetted peaks of Mount Baldy. | Source

I continued to color in the peaks of Mount Baldy with a violet blue colored pencil to create the silhouette of this mountain range.

I finished coloring in the mountains.
I finished coloring in the mountains. | Source

After I completed shading in Mount Baldy I shaded in the valley leading up to the base of the mountains.

I colored in the valley leading up the mountains.
I colored in the valley leading up the mountains. | Source

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.

Here I have completed the sunset sketch drawing.
Here I have completed the sunset sketch drawing. | Source

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.

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      SweetiePie 21 months ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Prettydarkhorse.

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      prettydarkhorse 21 months ago from US

      I love bright colors.

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      SweetiePie 21 months ago from Southern California, USA

      The bright colors just speak to me. Thanks, Prettydarkhorse!

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      prettydarkhorse 21 months ago from US

      It is vibrant and you are very creative.

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for your lovely comment, PeachPurple!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i thought the orange sky was water colored, very beautiful

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Ethel! I have an affinity for drawing Mount Baldy, and it has been featured in my drawings from several different vantage points. I also photograph the heck out of this mountain range.

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      Eileen Kersey 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Love the style of your drawing JH

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks you, Nancy!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 4 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      is is another one of my favorites. I love blue and the combination of the blue with the other colors is really nice. Beautiful.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Raven!

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      Raven King 4 years ago from Cabin Fever

      I just love how you made the colors so rich and intense! Wow! :)

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you, Lightshare!

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      Beautiful Sweetie.. -)

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I just blend the colored pencils heavily until I am satisfied, but the layering effect might create the water look to it. Thanks for the observations.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      It almost looks like you blended with water. Lovely representation of the sunset with color pencils. I have used pastels but only tried the pencils a few times. Great picture and instructions.