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How To Draw Fantasy Landscapes And Worlds

Updated on June 30, 2014

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Drawing Fantasy Worlds: Classic Castle Old World Scene

When it comes to drawing the worlds that your fantasy characters will inhabit it becomes an easier solution to reference life scenes by taking photos and pictures of great landscape scenes on your travels or thumb through a book showing scenes from all around the world.

Drawing fantasy worlds becomes another imaginative excerise that you must get used to, it comes in handy setting the scene for your characters but also potential story ideas and elements come together once you begin to draw background scenery in your fantasy art.

Fantasy worlds are the old medieval history worlds or the futuristic worlds of space travel with space ships, it's up to you what fits your imagined world you could for example combine bits of future worlds and ancient worlds and make something truly original.

In this little guide I go through drawing an old type of world the classic kind with a castle and the mountains with forests in the background.

Then In the second part of my two part hub series I will go drawing a futuristic fantasy world with fantastic buildings amidst a backdrop of flying spaceships and other vehicles, that sounds like fun.

And the third hubpage I haven't decided on yet, trust me it will be something fantastic.

Now onto the castle and drawing our classic fantasy world scene.

Like many other drawings we start out conceptualizing our drawing so that the ideas and concepts that we know for certain that we want to appear in the art are placed properly.

See the drawing video below, I drew the outline of the castle on top of a mountain as that is the classic way of depicting a castle, so I start with the usual image of a castle drawn this way.

Castle Drawing Outline

Developing Your Castle And Scene Drawing

 Developing your castle and the scenery around your fantasy world scene drawing is something of a matter of placement, where all of your elements will go in the final drawing, what works best for the castle, right in the middle or top right up in the skyline, it's really up to you when it comes down to isues like composition, but there are ways and means to understand what will work best.

In this step I go through the development of my first draft sketch and in this step you must find what your drawing is going to look like and stay like as this is the final stage of ideas and concepts to bring your sketch to life.

Changing it after this stage might cost you some time by going back to the drawing board and beginning a new sketch, drawing lots of sketches in various ways will help you to overcome wasting time by having the relevant draft sketches in front of you to reference your final attempt at your fantasy world art.

See the second sketch below and see that the drawing compared to the original rough draft is far different and one that has obviously been worked through by using your initial ideas and then starting to merge the first ideas with new ones that arise through your second stage of development drawing.

Developing The Fantasy World Scene

Fantasy Scene Development And Progression

The ruined temple has been sketched in and has been developed.
The ruined temple has been sketched in and has been developed.

Finishing Details And Scenery Finishing Touches

The final pencil lines make the whole drawing look a bit more clearer, although it does need a bit more sketching work doing to it, but it's an idea, one that you can learn from to draw your own fantasy worlds.

Take this example to the right, this is another drawing sketch that I did of ruined castle on a hill with the sloping stairs and a twisted tree, I've since inked this drawing and I also did some drawing videos which you can watch that I inked the full drawing, some have the audio missing so I replaced them with a bit of music, but you can watch these videos here - Inking a fantasy scene part 1 and you will then see the links to the other 2 videos after watching this first one.

If you want to see a range of different videos and drawing tutorials and just fantasy and artists resources all mixed together, then you should check out my Drawing Fantasy Art Website

Final Pencil Work On The Fantasy Scene - Still Needs A Bit Of Work, But You Get The Idea

Draw Fantasy Castle Landscape

In this art video I draw a Castle landscape idea in a classic way with the mountainous path leading it's way winding to the Castle at the top of the drawing. The audio needs to be re-done, so it might be a good idea to listen to it with headphones to cancel out other noise distractions or simply watch me draw the Castle landscape to see how you could approach it yourself.

How To Draw A Castle Landscape Video

Drawing A Vision Of Hell

Hell can be quite a vision of fantasy and this is just a snapshot of a drawing of Hell as a dimension that has been depicted by many Artists. This theme may need developing in the future, but for now this drawing video shows a draft sketch of a vision of Hell.

How To Draw A Vision Of Hell

Drawing Fantasy Worlds

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      7 years ago

      i can't help it! for you to look at it on you tube it seems easy but for you to draw it's so hard!!!!!!!!!!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for posting this. It helped a lot. :)

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      theodore glear 

      8 years ago

      i would love to improve my dungeons and dragons experience for my family, by improving the occasional art invoved with my campaigns. Any suggestions or detatiled tips would be appriecated. hit me up on facebook: theodore glear

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      9 years ago

      this is an awesome site

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

      It needs an update with the final drawing, but it's ok for now!

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      9 years ago from London

      wow, you make it look so easy. Lovely work.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah I'll take over as the new manager of Hull city and at least we will get out of Relegation the next footbal season at least.

      Cheers now Tatguy!

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      9 years ago

      Another great hub moi friend and another nifty lil title, methinks next season Hull City shud have you as their manager, if at the worst they still get beat at least the buggers will be able to draw better lol, rated up as always !


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