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Mountains are beautiful natural structures that rise above the surface of the earth. Mountains often form in ranges, or groups of many mountains. Fewer people live on mountains than in lowlands because food is more difficult to grow. Yet, for millennia, people around the world have exalted mountains as suitable places for worship for a number of religions.
Some mountains are famous. For example, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Many explorers and thrill seekers have traveled to Nepal just to climb it. It is so tall that special care must be taken when walking, as the oxygen level at the top is lower than what is needed to support human life. This is known as the “death zone.”
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The Andes Mountains in South America are also well known. The Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador holds the distinction of being the farthest point from the center of the earth. This is due to the bulge around the equator. Did you know? Mountains even exist deep beneath the ocean and on other planets.
Would you like to draw mountain scenery? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step mountain drawing tutorial. In each step, you will be given a detailed illustration as well as explanatory text. Pay careful attention to the lines highlighted in blue, as these indicate new lines to be added to your drawing.
All you will need to draw your mountains is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. If you have paints, markers, crayons, or colored pencils handy, you can use these to shade your finished drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Mountains
1. Begin by drawing two curved lines. The lines should slope downward from each side of your picture, overlapping in the middle. This forms a hilly horizon line for your mountain landscape.
2. Draw a jagged line from one side of the picture, allowing it to meet the horizon line on the other. Notice how the line peaks in the middle, outlining your first mountain.
3. Draw another jagged line from the side of the first mountain to the edge of your picture. This forms a second mountain. From this mountain, outline a third using a jagged line.
4. Enclose a fourth mountain in the middle of the picture using a jagged line.
5. Draw several overlapping, jagged lines in the background of the landscape. The farther away the mountains are the more indistinct they become. These lines indicate many mountain peaks rather than individual mountains.
6. Draw a spruce tree, a common plant in mountainous areas. To draw a spruce tree, begin with two short, curved lines that meet in an upward facing point. For each side of the tree, draw additional sets of short, curved lines that meet in points. Continue until the entire tree is thus enclosed.
7. Draw more spruce trees. For each tree, use short, curved lines that meet in jagged points.
8. Continue to draw the forest of spruce trees. For each tree, enclose the figure using short, curved lines that meet in jagged points.
9. Add detail to your mountains. Many mountains are snow capped, meaning they have a blanket of snow upon their highest peaks. Indicate this by enclosing the mountain tops with curved, wavy lines. Draw curved lines down the length of the mountains to indicate the slopes. Enclose irregular figures of various sizes to form rocks in the foreground. Finally, mark a trail through the wilderness using a set of curved lines.
10. Color your mountain landscape. Will they be grey Smokey Mountains or purple mountain majesties? The choice is yours.
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