Learn to Draw Digital Landscapes

A complete guide to drawing landscapes in Photoshop and any other digital drawing software.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Learn how to draw and paint digitally using Photoshop or other equal painting software. I will teach you how to draw and paint each element that makes up landscapes. Learn to paint the sky and clouds, and add color to the sky. I will teach you how to draw and paint trees that are full and bare. Learning to draw grass, weeds, and other foliage as well as rocks, water, and reflections in the water. I will show you how to paint in the ground that will have the real colors of the grass and dirt areas using perspective techniques to show different angles of the ground. Finally, I will show you how to create custom Photoshop brushes to make your drawing and painting easier. Learning to create custom brushes is a steal in itself, you could create custom brushes and sell those.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Any other paint software equal to Photoshop
  • You can use traditional paint, pastels, graphite and paper

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw and Paint the Sky and Clouds
  • Draw and paint trees - Full and bare
  • Draw and paint water
  • Draw and paint reflections in the water
  • Draw and paint rocks
  • Draw and paint grass and other foliage
  • Draw and paint the ground
  • Learn to create custom PhotoShop Brushes
  • Tip and where to sell your art

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • It's best to have a very little knowledge of Photoshop, But I show you what tools to use and where to find them

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Tools For The Job

This video will cover the tools you need to draw digitally and explains different options on the tools you can use. It isn't required to have a pen tablet since custom brushes are your friend when it comes to digital painting.

Section 2: Getting Prepared to Paint

Learn how to set up the canvas size to paint, especially if you are planning on selling your work. You will want a larger canvas when you are planning on selling your art. This will allow for a variety of print sizes.


Learn why layers are important when painting digitally, and how to preserve the work you already finished. If you don't use layers, then you will run into issues later on if you make a mistake and need to erase it.


Learn to get rid of the default color palette, and create a custom palette using only the colors your painting with. It is always a great idea to keep your workspace clean as possible.

Section 3: Painting the Sky

Part 1 shows you simple ways to use 2 and 3 colors to create the sky and clouds, and you will learn how to blend the colors seamlessly.


Painting the Sky and Clouds Part 2 finishes with simple tools to create fluffy clouds and the sky.

1 page

Open this pdf document and follow the instructions for your homework assignment for painting the sky and clouds.

Section 4: Painting the Ground

Part 1 of painting the ground shows you how to add color and lay down the texture for the ground.


Part 2 picks up and continues to show examples on how to lay out the ground in perspective.


Part 3 of how to paint in the ground finishes up giving you ideas to lay out the ground and using perspective angles to get you off the ground running.


Learn a simple process of making objects appear in the distance. All you need to do is create an illusion by painting smaller objects.

1 page

Download the pdf file and follow the instructions for your homework assignments for this lecture.

Section 5: Tree and Grass Painting

Learn how to paint grass using pen pressure, very simple.


Learn to add simple highlights to the grass by using lighter colors.


This lesson will show you how to create leaves for the trees with custom brushes.


This video picks up from part 1 and shows you more ways to paint trees.


Learn simple techniques to draw and paint winter trees.

1 page

Download the pdf file and follow the instructions and refer back to the lessons if needed to practice drawing out and painting trees and grass.

Section 6: Painting Water and Reflections and Rocks

This lesson will show you how to paint basic gradients for water and paint in Ocean waves, and how to blend the colors using the mixer brush and smudge tool. This lesson is for ocean water and waves. You can use these simple steps and expand on them as you practice.


This lesson shows you a super shortcut to creating lake or pond type water effects and how to mimic the reflections of objects. You can also add some filter effects to make it more like water.


You will learn how to use a simple 3d technique to paint rocks, using the standard paint brush and then blending the paint with the mixer brush. This same technique is great for mountains and cliffs.

1 page

Download the pdf file and follow the instructions to practice painting water, ocean, and rocks. Don't forget to use reference photos to give you better direction on rock colors and shapes.

Section 7: Custom Photoshop Brush Creation

You will learn how to create custom brushes in PhotoShop that you draw out yourself, and create them from images.

Section 8: Selling Your Work

Here I will show you several avenues you can use to sell your art that will be very beneficial to you.

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Instructor Biography

Bryant Dodd, Graphic and Drawing Artist

I am a trained graphic design artist and a self taught drawing artist. I have been drawing with graphite, pastels, and digital medium for a very long time now. I draw and paint using Photoshop, Art Rage, and many other painting software. Drawing and painting is my passion and taking this talent digital has been great, I have decided to teach others to draw, especially beginners. If you already know how to draw and paint, you can still learn new ideas and techniques from me.

I graduated from graphic design school in 2013 and this is what sparked my interest to pursue drawing in digital format. I draw just about anything but my expertise is drawing and painting landscapes, such as trees, water, rocks, mountains, and anything else related. I have taught many people on how to draw via YouTube and selling courses from my own website in the past.

Besides my graphic design diploma, I have years of experience in drawing using the traditional mediums, I believe that practice makes perfect. My teachings are broken down so you can learn one element at a time, such as spending time on just trees, and moving on to other landscape elements.

Another way that I have always worked hard in gaining more experience as an artist is carrying a pencil and sketch book with me every where I go. The bulk of my experience comes from drawing constantly when not doing other activities. I draw if I am in the waiting room of the Dr. office and anytime I feel that I am being idle. I can take my experience and show you how to draw better than you thought was possible.

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