Forest Landscapes: Grass
Next in line for drawing forest scenes is the other most
basic plant life you must know how to draw: grass.
Drawing Grass Multiple Ways
You can draw grass in three ways from simplistic to realistic.
Lets' take a look:
1. Short strokes - the most easiest and simplest way to
draw grass is to draw bunched up pencil lines drawn in certain
Most grasses are either drawn having one whole patch of
grass going 180° or half a grass ending at 90°.
To draw them, you have to draw quick strokes to get that
nice spiky grass point. Also, if you look closely, the tallest
grass is at the center and lessens in size as you go outwards.
Follow the arrow to the right and you'll see an example
of this grass.
2. Cone grass - moving up from the short stroke method,
you have to add another step to your strokes and move your
hand downwards to form a bended cone.
Much like the simple grass, you must vary the grass size.
Note in the example to the right that grasses can be single
bladed if it suits your purpose.
3. Realistic grass - what's different about this grass
from the other two is that it becomes a bit more complicated
and you really have to watch where each blade is going especially
when you're drawing bunched up grass as you would find at
the beach. One thing that hasn't changed is that even realistic
grasses must have tall grasses at the center and shorter
at the ends.
The most important aspect of drawing grass like this is
bending the grass. At the bottom, I show you two ways of
drawing bended grass. There are other ways to bend a grass
but it's best if you try it out and experiment by yourself.
Remember: always start off with the "backbone"
of the grass or the one straight line that makes up the
grass as I start off on both examples.
Grass and the Wind
I covered grass and wind at the tree's tutorials, but lets
go back to it again. On the top example, this shows grass
affected by wind as you would see it at eye level. All you
need to do is draw your blades of grass bended in the direction
of the wind.
Drawing grass affected by the wind when looking down on
it is another matter. At the bottom half, you grass moving
to the upper-right side. Note the grass is drawn to the
direction of the wind making the scene look like fur is
moving. If you were coloring wind movement in grass, the
affected grass would be colored at a lighter shade making
a ring or stripe-like pattern.