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How to draw grass

How to draw grass

Learn how to draw grass the use of a easy method that can be finished with a vector software program or even markers! Only six little steps are wanted to give up up with the ideal caricature grass.

This lesson is pretty easy, however you nonetheless want to locate the proper stability between darkish grass and lighter grass to stop up with some thing visually appealing. Below you can see the ultimate illustration. Ready? Let’s sketch! 🙂

About this Project

The unique art work is 5Ă—7 inches and is a learn about for a large landscape. The paper is white Bristol 146lb with a everyday surface. You can use any kind of paper for this exercise.

The reference photograph I used (not shown), used to be used for the simple shapes only. I didn’t prefer to reproduction the shapes of the grass—I simply desired to draw the “feel” of dry autumn grass.

Don’t fear about drawing each and every leaf or blade of grass except you’re doing hyper-realistic drawings. Instead, pick out a few well-defined businesses of grass, and draw them as precisely (not exactly) as you can. Then fill in different shapes round them

How to draw grass Step-By-Step

1st Step:

Use a light or middle value color to begin shaping clumps of grass, and shadows. Use long, directional strokes starting at the bottom of the page and sweeping upward. Vary the length, width, and shape of the strokes. The longer the grass you’re drawing, the more variety there should be in your strokes.

Once the basic shapes are drawn, you can either use additional layers or a slightly darker color for shadows.

2nd Step:

Use slightly blunted pencils and medium pressure to continue adding color and value to the grasses. Draw with the same type of strokes, but don’t draw over every stroke, so that new strokes overlap the first step.

Keep in mind that you want to maintain a random appearance, while still drawing the overall sense of wind moving through tall grass.

3rd Step:

Darken shadows, and add a few faint greens (if there are any.) Keep the shadows toward the base of the grass, since those areas receive the least amount of light.

Also, if the grass you’re drawing has heads of any type, draw them with short, directional strokes that mimic what you see in your reference photo. Use two colors, one light and one dark, to draw shadows, but keep the shadows subtle.

Use very short, vertical strokes and light or very light pressure to add background grass with the same colors you’ve already used. Concentrate color at the bottom and reduce color and value toward the horizon.

Also make sure to shorten your strokes as you draw into the background. In my illustration, I drew very short strokes because I wanted that grass to look a long way away.

4th Step:

Darken some of the shadows and add additional blades of grass and shadows with a very sharp pencil or a brand of pencil that’s harder. I used Prismacolor Verithin pencils for this step because they are thinner and harder than Prismacolor Soft Core. They also hold a point very well, so are ideal for detail.

Whatever pencils you use, draw slowly and deliberately, and weave a pattern of intersecting grass stems and leaves.

5th Step:

Continue developing the grass with more layer of color, overlapping new and old layers to thicken the grass.

If you want to add a sky, start layering in blues with a very light shade of blue and very light pressure. Draw even color either with tiny, circular strokes, or short horizontal strokes.

6th Step:

Layer blue over the sky with horizontal layers. You can use the first color of blue and darken it by adding another layer, or you can use a slightly darker blue.

Darken the shadows at the base of the grass. If you want really dark shadows, mix a dark brown with a dark blue or dark green. Two of those colors (or all three of them) make a more natural looking shadow color than any of them alone.

7th Step:

Finish the sky by layering two or three shades of blue over that area. Remember to draw even layers of color, and to keep the color darkest at the top of the paper. Apply color with sharp pencils and medium pressure, then blend lightly with a colorless blender if necessary.

You can also use a solvent such as odorless mineral spirits if you wish.

Also add sky colors to the grasses with slightly heavier pressure. Don’t over do this. You want just enough blues to show highlights, but not so many that your grass starts looking blue.

Darken the shadows if necessary.

8th Step:

Burnish the background hill with a colorless blender.

Then add accents with quick, light strokes and very sharp pencils. For warm colored accents, use light earth tones such as cream or very light brown. For  cooler accents, try white, a very light blue or a combination.

Cool or warm grays are also wonderful accent colors if used sparingly. The French Greys from Prismacolor are especially useful.


As you can see, drawing  grass—or grass of any season—need no longer scare you off. And tall grass itself can grow to be the issue of a drawing if cautiously drawn. With a low-angle point-of-view and a appropriate background, tall grasses make extremely good topics for research or completed pieces.

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