Landscape TRACK: Lesson 4

  • Use items from the grocery store to observe from life in order to create an alien landscape.
Song Kang, Clara Lieu
Song Kang, Clara Lieu: Pen & Ink & Pencil Drawing

Grocery Store Tips

  • Search for a wide range of textures: items that are very coarse vs. items that are very smooth, shiny, bumpy, etc.
  • Aim for a variety of heights in your objects, so items that are tall and thin vs. items that are more short and flat.
  • Tiny plants can be great for creating trees and other foliage.
  • Keep in mind that some items will not last long (raspberries) while others will last a while. (butternut squash)
  • Don’t worry about how large an item is, you can always change the scale within your artwork. For example, a strawberry can be dramatically enlarged in your artwork.
Song Kang
Song Kang, Scratchboard Drawing Tutorial



Fantastic Planet, Yellow Submarine, Avatar

Thumbnail Sketches

We recommend doing about 6 small thumbnail sketches to explore a diverse range of options for your composition. Start your first thumbnail sketches with line and think about how you want to place your subject onto the page.

Fantasy Landscapes in Procreate

See how you can create a fantasy landscape in Procreate, using a broad range of reference photos. You can dramatically manipulate and transform your reference photos to blend them together into an unusual landscape. Use of simple strategies like atmospheric perspectivetexture, foreground, middle ground, and background to create a convincing landscape. Demo by Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Deepti Menon.

81 min. video

Ballpoint Pen & Watercolor: Imagined Environment

This video shows how to draw an environment from imagination using ballpoint pen and watercolor techniques. Diverse experiences, gathering reference images and objects serve as the inspiration for creating this imaginary environment: a plein air drawing session on site using soft pastels, a trip to the grocery store to buy unusual looking produce, and finding tiny plants to be references for trees and landscapes. Demo led by Guest Teaching Artist Julie Benbassat and Teaching Artist Cat Huang.

23 min. video

Pen & Ink & Pencil Drawing

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Guest Teaching Artist Song Kang demonstrate Song’s drawing technique to create effects similar to ink wash using pen & ink, pencil, and matt medium. Song creates a lively, imaginative composition based on textures and forms in nature. Song begins the drawing by sketching the composition with pencil lines and areas of tone. Next the pencil drawing is coated with matt medium to create a soft, smooth layer that the pen can glide across. Song finishes the drawing with several layers of cross-hatching using pen and ink.

20 min. video
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