Good morning at this snowy day in January. Last year – which means 2018, which is still weird haha – in January I sticked to a mountain theme in my bullet journal and I loved it. Mountains are not just easy to draw, but bring a feeling of winter and coziness in your bullet journal. Above all they are super versatile.
This year – which means 2019 – I decided to bring those mountains back in my Journal and redo my old bujo spreads for my new pages. This way I can spot improvements. Its something different to use yourself as inspiration 😊
How I draw mountains and trees I don’t want to keep for myself. Instead, I want to share it with you! I see this community as support, inspiration and to help each other out and not as competition. Thats why there is this how to draw section here on my blog 🙂
So – let’s do it.
Draw a triangle with pencil. You can vary it in hight and width – depending on the size of the mountain you want to draw and if you want it wider or higher.
Once you’ve drawn the outlines of you mountain, you can add the middle line: it divides the mountain in a light and dark side. Make sure not to add straight lines, because in nature shapes there are no such things as straight lines. Add rough edges and hills as you wish – the more edges, the more dangerous your mountain will look.
Now you can add some spaces with your pencil in which you want your mountain to be darker and add shades this way. I draw those spaces mostly from the middle or the outline in a down-direction. Thats how your mountain will look more dimensional and becomes more deep.
Dots, dots, dots! Draw your dots in the shapes you just added with pencil. Draw them close to each other – thats how the shapes will get darker. Add some dark spaces at the ‘light’ side of you mountain, because that side has gorges as well.
Now its time to draw more dots next to your dark shapes in the dark side of your mountain for shading. The closer they are to each other the darker your mountain will be.
DISCLAIMER: yes, this will take ages 😀
For a mountain ridge everything thats missing is more mountains! You can connect them with their outline and middle lines or just put them next to each other. This is totally up to you!
For pine trees you need a pencil triangle as well for orientation. This should be way narrower than the one you did for the mountain – pine trees are high and thin.
Add the trunk in the middle of your triangle. It’s a little longer than the triangle and it can have humps and knolls, thinner and thicker parts.
Now you can add branches. Draw them from the trunk to the outlines of your pencil triangle. You don’t have to stick strictly to your triangle – it’s just an orientation for the shape. The branches can be longer or shorter, you can vary the lengths as you wish. Like the mountains is a tree a nature shape and there are no straight lines in nature – remember this when drawing. Add a little bending to the branches to add dynamics.
Now it’s time for the needles. The bigger or closer the pine tree, the more details you should draw in it’s branches. If you just draw small or distant trees it’s enough to add dark shades as needles – you don’t have to draw each needle extra.
For a forest just add more trees. You can vary in height and details to add dimensions.
A Weekly Spread with mountains and pine trees could look like this:
You can find more weekly spread layouts here.
Have fun when you try this tutorial yourself! You’re free to tag me under your recreations if you found this tutorial helpful 💕
Do you have any more wishes for a how to draw by me? Don’t hesitate to write me your suggestions in the comments or in Instagram Direct ⬇️