Pixel artwork

Create a document with a white background and size of 640×480. For each step of the lesson, use a separate layer. Ready? Let’s start.

Take the standard round brush and draw a black tree diagram.
This tree has several spreading branches on the left side.
Put the brush stiffness of 0, here is the color palette, I use this color scheme for drawing the tree trunk:

Now take the darkest brown color with a small brush size, for example, size 5. Draw some seductive sinusoidal lines on the left side of the tree.
Look carefully at the sketch to determine where the light hits the tree. Forget about the tiny branches for now.

Then, take the darkest blue (more purple), and do the same to the shady side of the tree.

Now we add some light.
On the sunny side of the tree, add lines of a light brown color, mainly accentuate the left edges of the tree. And dark brown lines are in the center of the tree.

Do the same with a lighter, blue color. More lines on the right side of the barrel edge.

Pay more attention to the sunny side using the lightest brown color.

Now, use the tool Smudge tool (Smearing / Finger)

Mix all these lines using a brush size of approximately 15-20 for the barrel with a force of 20%. For smaller branches, reduce brush size. Work carefully, without haste.

Make sure the tool Smudge tool set to Normal (Normal) mode. Smear colors slowly to get a mixture that looks like this:

The smear tool tends to make the edges too blurry.
Therefore, select the tool Araser tool (Eraser) and slightly sharpen the edges of the tree.

The texture of the trunk.
Take the tool Smudge tool (Smudge / Finger) again, reduce the size of the brush to 3, pressing, intensity to 90-94%. Set the tool mode to Darken (Replacing dark).
For the structure of the tree trunk, the author used vertical lines to draw the bark. Pick up the tool and place it on a darker area of ​​the barrel. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the dark line up.

You will get a nice dark line like this picture.

Repeat this action to achieve the best result. Make vertical lines (horizontal for branches that are horizontal) on the sunny sides and shaded sides of the tree.
Use this method to make any kind of structure you want.

For lighter colors, change the brush overlay to Lighten (Replacing light) or Normal mode.

You can make several accents on a tree trunk with a tool. Dodge tool (Clarifier):

Choose a suitable brush size with exposure settings of 20%, and the range set Highlights (Sveta). Now lightly walk the tool along the edges of the tree, without affecting the middle.

Create a new layer. Make sure that it is at the very top of the layers palette.

What is a tree without leaves? For foliage, the author used brush # 66, with a diameter of 90 pixels:

Click CapsLook, Thus, the large size of the brush does not close the drawing, and using black color, sketch the foliage pattern.

Here is the color scheme for drawing leaves.

Use the same brush, set a dark green color. Try to make small “heap-shaped” areas for a more realistic look. When drawing in dark green, reduce brush pressure.
Note: The author used light strokes of dark brown to tiny branches.

Now use a light green color. Spread light green more economically than darker shades. Apply a light green color to the foliage on top of the tree. The lower part of the foliage should be more hidden from the light.

The author repeats the steps described above for tiny branches, but on a smaller scale. (Smaller brush size).

Apply to foliage layer Filters – Pixilate – Mosiac (Filter – Appearance – Mosaic), and I use cell size – 2. I wrote the design filter to both the foliage layer and the tree trunk layer.

Now draw the stone boulders!
But before I start drawing boulders, I’ll add a few more trees to the background.

Each section of foliage has its own layer. To change the color of the leaves, apply Image – Adjustments – Color Balance (Image – Correction – Color Balance) or click CTRL + B. Play with the mid-tone controls.

Let’s start drawing stone boulders. The author began drawing with a black stone scheme, as in the example with a tree. Use a regular brush. Here is the color palette you will need to paint:

Draw in the same way that trees were drawn.

Smudge colors using the same method and settings as when drawing a tree, and sharpen the edges if necessary.

Using Smudge tool (Smudging / Finger), create a texture on the stone. The author used alternately mode Darken (Replace dark) and Lighten (Replace light) for the brush.

Then I reduce the hardness of the brush to 1%, set it to Normal mode, to smooth the stone.

Sharpen the edges of the stone and apply a filter. Filters – Pixilate – Mosiac (Filter – Design – Mosaic).

Draw some more stones around. Apply this color palette:

When using the spreading tool, brush strokes to make them look like scratches in the stone.

Now we are starting to draw grass and fun, fluffy shrubs!

We draw, using the same method, as well as for foliage of a tree, in the same color scale. Use black first.

Add a dark green color at the base of the stones.

Add a light green color to the top of the stones.

Filters – Pixilate – Mosiac (Filter – Design – Mosaic)

Draw shrubs of various colors to fill the space.

(Translator’s Note: Here you can see that the author created a new layer and filled it half black and put the layer in the background).

Now draw different shades of green for the grass, and different shades of brown to create an interesting shade. Colors the author used such:

Tools Smudge tool (Smudge / Finger) with a brush size of 30, intensity of 20% and in Normal mode. Apply horizontal and vertical strokes. Use vertical strokes to create hills.

Now use the grass brush (# 112). The diameter is approximately 16 pixels. Opacity to about 30-35%. Spread the grass all over the green parts. When drawing grass in the foreground, reduce the diameter of the brush, approximately 20-22 pixels. And near the horizon, set the brush diameter to about 10-12px.

Add some shadows around the boulders and trees with the tool. Burn tool (Dimmer). The settings that the author used:
Range: Mid Tones,
Exposure: 30%

Draw shadows on the shaded side of the trees and rocks.

Then apply the mosaic filter.
Now we draw the sky and the mountain range!

Create a new layer, take a round brush and paint the sky with light tones at the top, and going down to the horizon with dark tones. Use color range:

Mix paint with your finger tool. The author used the pressure of 30%.

On the same layer on which the sky is painted, we draw clouds with a soft white round brush.

Smear the edges of the clouds with your finger 30% power. Reduce brush size to add fine detail to the clouds. Try to fantasize to create interesting cloud shapes using this tool.

The author added some more trees, applied a filter design for the sky and mountains.
The technique of drawing a mountain range exactly corresponds to the technique of drawing boulders. The only difference is in the color scheme and the location of the layer. The layer with the mountain chain should be placed below the layer with the sky.

You will spend more than one hour, drink more than one cup of coffee in the intervals between drawing, before you get such a beautiful scene.
If you wish, you can add more rocks, bushes, and trees. Make sure everything has been passed through the filter. Filters – Pixilate – Mosiac (Filter – Design – Mosaic).

There is nothing better than to spend a rainy resurrection for doing interesting and creative work. I hope that you have found something new and interesting for you in this lesson.

Posted by: Sierra-Esque
Translation: Natalia Shestakova
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