Landscape Pencil Sketches BiographySource(google.com.pk)
Kent Darwin’s work as a serious artist began in 1972 with pen drawings, which from the beginning have reflected a definite style. His artist’s vision expresses his deep fascination with nature, born of long summers spent on his grandparent’s farm in southern Arkansas. His preferred subjects are landscapes, seascapes, and flowers.
He began painting in watercolor in 1974, studying briefly with Jim Gray, a prominent Southern artist, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. In 2005 Kent began painting in Oil, studying with Francois Arenas of Grapevine, Texas, Mary Kay Krell of Colleyville, Texas, and Darnell Jones of Fort Worth, Texas.
“The gift of Art allows me, wherever I am, to see beauty in the world around me and reproduce it. Frequently scenes seem to cry out “Paint me”. It is a pleasure for him to spend time at his cabin on the Tennessee River, located in a remote area of Decatur County, Tennessee. Frequently, while he is fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, hiking, he is storing images: a stump in the inlet, the reflection of clouds in the river, rock formations in a stream bed, and shadows on a heavily wooded hillside.
He enjoys working from photographs because he isn’t limited to daylight hours. “Physically and mentally, I can immerse myself in my art for three or four hours; then I need a break. Photographs allow me to focus on detail and try to reflect what my eyes see.” Most of my commissioned drawings and paintings are from photographs.
After working for almost 33 years with 3M Healthcare Division, Kent retired in February 2001, to devote more time to his passion for drawing and painting parts of this good earth.
He has frequently donated his art to organizations for use in successful fund – raising ventures.
Limited edition prints, open edition prints, and note cards are also available.
How to draw landscapes will be simple if you follow along with these easy steps.
To become competent in drawing any landscape you see before you—or in your imagination—a little practice will make a huge difference
The standard shape for drawing a landscape is a rectangle sometimes called a "picture plane."
Your picture can be any size or shape you desire—from square, rounds, oval, vertical oblong or even round.
More landscapes are drawn (or painted) with the horizontal rectangle as it lends itself to landscape scenes. Most landscapes are horizontal and people are vertical—hence the format term "portrait or landscape."
The most important thing to do as a first step is a thumbnail sketch as a rough guide for your finished drawing. Why? To ensure you have a good balance between the foreground, background and the horizon line. Getting a good composition here will save you heartaches down the line.
If your horizon line is exactly half way with sky and foreground, your drawing will be quite boring and "static."
This is the biggest mistake beginners make, so make your horizon line one third the distance from the bottom or from the top.
These are the basics of good space divisions. See image below for "rules of the thirds" but not the one on the left!
Your landscape drawings must have a focal point. This is a small area in your drawing where your eyes tend to focus on. All drawings—to be interesting—must have one or more.
You can direct the attention of any viewer to a focal point or particular place in your drawing. In the image below, your eye will automatically go to the spot in the bottom right corner. In the next image we have five focal points but your eye ends up on the largest spot. The same for the third image where your eye is led in to rest on the largest focal point again. This is guiding your viewer to where YOU want it to go.
This is essential for all drawings and paintings, not only landscapes.
Step Three: Deciding on Your Focal Point
Where will you place your center of interest? There is a golden rule when composing your drawing or painting; never make any two intervals identical—or the same distance apart, or the same size. This is why you use the "Rule of thirds."
Here you divide your rectangle into thirds, both vertical and horizontal where they meet or crossover is the ideal spot in your drawing for your focal point.
Learning how to draw landscapes following these basic steps will give you confidence when confronted with a beautiful scene.
Step Four: You Drawing Must Have Balance
This is one of the main parts in creating a pleasant composition. Your drawing will lack balance if all your points of interest (focal points) are all cluttered on one side of your drawing.
You can of course have a "static" balance with the same size object on both sides of your drawing—or an object place right in the middle. And both lead to a rather boring composition as in the illustration below.
When sketching your thumbnail which will eventually become your finished drawing, you must vary your values (the lightness or darkness of a color) to create areas of interest. Use only three values in your thumbnail sketch—white, medium gray and black.
There are ten values in all that make a clear definition between each one on the value scale. Below are the three you should use in your thumbnail sketch.