Forest Landscapes: Putting it All TogetherBy Rio
So you've learned what there is to know about each individual aspects of a forest; trees, shrubs, grass, and rocks. Now let's put it all together!
Putting it All Together
If you look closely at the background image, there's another set of layers going on between the slew of tall trees, young trees, shrubs, grass, and general foliage. That is what you have to achieve if you want a believable background.
Also, if you're very astute, you'll notice that the foreground image is much more detialed than the other background images which are mainly silhouttes. When drawing your backgrounds, make any plants close to the viewer as detailed as possible while leaving those in the background as general drawn shapes or color.
For far views like the first image above, things in the distance are lighter in color than those up close. For close-ups, though, the opposite is true. Those close to the viewer is generally lighter and darkens in the distance.
This here is Deleter tone #SE-1039. Notice how they used a far-view color scheme with the foreground sporting a dark tone color and the farther background in a light-colored tone. Also, the closer tone has more detail with the leaves than those afar.