Mountain drawing is one of the most interesting and distinct forms of art. A person who masters the art of drawing mountains, is a potential artist. Here are some simple steps by which you can excel in drawing mountain ranges.

1. Figuring Out Where to Set the Horizon Line

This is the most important step, when it comes to drawing mountains. You must figure out where you want to draw the line, which separates the ground and the mountain itself. It is usually done by dividing the page, horizontally, in two sections. The lower section should be thinner than the upper section, where you will draw the mountains. This approach will make it easier for you to produce dimensional and proportionate drawings of mountains. Dividing and knowing where to start the horizon line will prevent you from drawing sloppy mountain ranges.

2. Outline the Basic Structure

Before going all out with the shading and dimensional work, make sure that draw a rough and basic outline of the mountain range with a pencil. Make sure you are using a light hand when drawing the outline. Also, the pencil should not be too dark, otherwise it will be hard to erase, if you make any errors. Having a basic outline will help you a lot in figuring out where and how you want to go further with your drawing. 

3. Add Depth and Dimension

Now that you have a basic outline drawn on your paper, you can start with adding textures and dimensions. How you can do this is easy. To add depth to your mountain ranges, you can shade the mountains. Shading, as simple as it sounds, will add a lot of depth in your drawing. For shading, it is preferable to use a graphite pencil. Graphite pencils are very smooth, and they glide over paper like butter. They are also very easy to smudge and create a gradient, which intensifies your drawing. Another thing you can do to make your painting look amazing, is to add more mountain ranges. Realistically, one mountain looks very animated and unprofessional, rather you can add dimension to your drawing by adding more mountains towards the back of the first mountain you drew. Making their peaks aligned with each other, will have a great impact on the overall drawing. 

4. Don’t Forget the Sky

A lot of the times, certain artists, especially beginners, forget about the sky. Their drawings look underbalanced. The thing to remember is that balance is key, when it comes to art. You should not neglect the sky. Make sure you are adding elements of clouds, birds and the sun in your mountain drawings. This will take your drawing to the next level. But, make sure that you are not overdoing it. Find a perfect sweet spot where the mountains and sky work together in harmony.


With these simple tips, you can become an expert in mountain drawing. Of course, practice makes perfect, so grab your pencils and get drawing!