In this lesson we will learn how to draw September. The composition is simple but interesting at the same time. There are three elements involved: earth, water and air. The composition has three plans. The foreground is a meadow with birch trees. The second plan – the river. The third plan is a mass of trees in the distance. To make it easier to draw in the foreground I painted yellow birches and the trees in the distance are red. So the trees don’t merge and the drawing is more vivid and colorful. let’s get started!
I will be painting on A4 watercolor paper. If you don’t have watercolor paper, use regular paper.
How to Draw September
How to draw September step by step
Total Time: 25 minutes
Step 1 – How to Draw September
Sketch is done with a hb pencil, which is a standard normal pencil. Sketch is done lightly, so that the pencil is barely visible. I draw a line to divide into two parts. Main thing is that this line is not in the middle but a little lower or higher, I will do lower.
Step 2 – How to Draw September
Next I draw a mass of trees in the distance, then draw a meadow, and in the meadow will grow birches. I outline a leaf. The distant trees will be small, because they are far away. I make the plumage of the birches big – this is the law of perspective.
Step 3 – How to Draw September
I draw the clouds and basically the sketch is ready.
Step 4 – How to Draw September
It’s better to start writing from the sky. The sky is lighter and warmer at the bottom, and darker and brighter and colder at the top. I begin to paint from below I mix white colors, blue and add a little ochre, also add a little emerald or light green, then the sky will be more blue and bright. Gouache should be painted in stages. There should be a little water, paint should not leak.
Step 5 – How to Draw September
Now I add less whitewash and I get brighter shades of blue. While I’m painting the sky I use this color for the river. The water is a reflection of the sky, only a little darker. On water as well as on sky I put horizontal masks, somewhere in blue color I add a little bit of pink shades. Here you need to make a smooth transition from light blue to bright blue, so whitewash gradually add less and less, then you will succeed.
When you paint the sky and the river at the same time, it speeds up the process and the drawing will be a single environment. The river is lighter in the distance and darker and brighter up close. The water is like a mirror that reflects everything nearby.
Step 6 – How to Draw September
After the sky I prescribe the background. The lighting will be on the left side. I begin to write the light. On a mass of trees I mix white ochre yellow colors, then I add red and painted halftones on the trees. Strokes I put randomly in different directions emulating the leaves on the trees. In the process of his work more often change the water and wash the palette is the key to your success.
Step 7 – How to Draw September
Then painting shadows. I add pink and purple colors. The background should not be contrasting and not very bright. It is not necessary to draw each tree. The reflection on the water from the trees falls vertically. I mix the reds with the shade of water and put a few strokes.
Step 8 – How to Draw September
I paint the clouds. I mix white and a drop of yellow paint. These shades will be on the tops. The bottom of the clouds will be pinkish lilac. Now I am going to paint the foreground, it should be bright and contrasting. We mix yellow and white paints, then I add some red strokes, I put on the form of leaves in different directions. I use ochre green blue paint somewhere add pink halftones.
Step 9 – How to Draw September
I will make the meadow ochre green. I have a sunny day, so the lighting contrasts warm light and cool shadows. I add a few greenish strokes in the background to make the work more whole. I want to add some light yellow shades on the most sacred places using almost open color. I paint shadows, find a variety of shades, add ochre-red strokes to play with the light on the foliage and add extra volume. Then I add dark contrasting shadows. In some places I mix ochre with blue, somewhere I add pink. As you can see, I do all the basic work with a thick brush number 6.
Step 10 – How to Draw September
I draw the falling shadow of the birch tree. It will be cool and contrasting. I mix ochre, blue, purple and pink.
Now I’m refining my drawing. I add ripples to the water. I take a thin brush, somewhere I put light masks, somewhere dark. We paint it with different strokes. One stroke is long, the second shorter and do not do too much everything must be in moderation.
I’ll make the clouds a little more contrasty.
I paint the trunks of the birches. I use purple and blue shades. I mix them with black. The light on the trunks of the birches will be white. I add a dash of yellow and make a few spots on the birch trees lighter. For small details you can use a thin brush number one is already as you like. I will add more shadows on the distant trees and highlight the birches. I also want to add some yellow strokes on the distant trees. I go through the yellow on the lighted tops of the foliage.
Now I want to liven up my drawing by adding some contrasting spots to the foreground. I’m painting halftones. The halftone is slightly darker than the light but lighter than the shadow.
To make the composition even more interesting I will draw a flock of birds. The birds will be gray. It’s not hard to draw them, but your work will be much better.
Somewhere on the birches I draw the dark, thin branches.
I add the finishing touches in the center of the composition. I want to make the water lighter. I lay down a broad shade of pale blue.
- Watercolor paper, Gouache paint, pencil
- Watercolor paper, Gouache paint, pencil
Materials: Watercolor paper
September is a very bright and colorful month, so you are sure to have a beautiful drawing. I wish you good luck and creative victories.