Learning how to draw a river can be done using several techniques. In this lesson, I will show you how to sketch a basic version made mostly from simple shapes and colors. This colorful illustration is featuring a basic sun, a few clouds, two mountains, a river and several small rocks.
The image is filled with plain colors and drawn using small curved lines. Let's see how we can illustrate this beautiful landscape in just ten steps using the tutorial found below ...
First, you can draw the sun using a perfect circular shape. Just below the sun, draw a few lines to form two distinct mountains. These lines are made from pointed ends. You can see how these mountains are created using the image below.
In the sky, sketch a few simple clouds using more irregular lines with pointed ends. Some clouds can be thin while others are slightly thicker. Below the mountains, draw the river using long broken lines. On both sides of the river, add smaller lines to represent sand.
You can enhance this landscape by adding a few rocks all over the place. Some rocks are huge while others are tiny. It's also possible to add some rocks in the river to add more realism to the image.
Yes, it's already time to add some colors to the landscape. The sky can be blue and the sun is yellow. Clouds are white and the grass is green. Mountains are also green, but the colors used are darker. Rocks can be gray while the river is filled with a bright blue color.
Now that the landscape is drawn and that colors were added to the image, it's time to add basic effects to create more depth and volume. I will show you how to draw a river that looks great and visually appealing by adding only a few simple effects.
First, you can draw darker areas on the mountains. These new patterns have a shape similar to the one of a cloud. Next, sketch more darker areas inside the river and around the sand. You can see these new additions below (surrounded by a yellow outline).
All rocks found in this illustration can also be filled with basic shadows. It's important to pay attention to the position of the sun in order to create realistic shadows. If the sun is located on the right of a particular rock, then the shadow drawn inside the object must be located on the left of this one.
You can also draw more shadows below all rocks as shown in the image below. Once again, make sure these shadows are matching the position of the sun. We are done sketching shadows. Only two simple steps are needed to complete this lesson on how to draw a river.
On the river, you can draw brighter areas to create reflections and highlights. Of course, these new elements must be filled with a brighter version of the blue color used for the river. These new shapes can also be used to create more movement and rhythm inside the water.
It can also be a good idea to add small lines on the grass to create a simple pattern. These simple textures are more than enough to add some realism to the cartoon illustration. More simple lines can also be drawn on the river.
Great work! Below you can see the final illustration once all elements and effects are added to the illustration. I hope you had fun drawing this landscape. Feel free to draw various versions using different colors, plants, trees and effects.
If you need more assistance sketching this fun image, then you can use the illustration below to help you figure out how to draw this one. All ten steps needed to sketch the river is included.
Now that we are done drawing this fun river, you are invited to work with more images related to nature below. Most of these lessons are offering various challenges that can help you improve your drawing abilities. Have fun sketching and remember to practice as often as possible. It's the key to success! ;)