Landscapes & Backgrounds Track

The Landscapes & Backgrounds Track provides a comprehensive exploration of the role landscapes and backgrounds can play. Techniques like atmospheric perspectivelightingtexture, scale, and space will be addressed through various prompts.

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Whether you do concept art, are a fine art painter, or a comics artist, you’ll learn the fundamentals of how to articulate a convincing landscape.

Visit our landscapes section for more related content.


Do the track at your own pace! Taking the time to process the content is important, so we don’t advise putting pressure on yourself to finish the track quickly. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process of learning!

Share your progress

Post your progress as you go in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from the community! Tag us on Instagram with #artproftrack so we can share your work.

Landscapes & Backgrounds Track Prompt, Neil Espinosa
Neil Espinosa

Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our tracks are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that track’s focus.

Paint Media

Visit these pages for supply lists: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics.

Clara Lieu
Watercolor in Utah: Widstoe Cemetery
Drawing Media

ballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonsgraphite powdercolored pencilsoft pasteloil pastelpencil, charcoalink washscratchboardwet charcoaloil sticks


Digital tool recommendations, ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe FrescoMediBang PaintGimp

Lesson 1

Landscapes & Backgrounds Track

Working from direct observation, capture the “personality” of a room in your home.

Lesson 2

Landscapes & Backgrounds Track

Repeat a person or object within a space to show depth and scale with atmospheric perspective.

Lesson 3

Landscapes & Backgrounds Track

Explore dramatic light and shadows within an interior or exterior space.

Lesson 4

Landscapes & Backgrounds Track

Use items from the grocery store to observe from life in order to create an alien landscape.

Lesson 5

Landscapes & Backgrounds Track

Portray an underwater space, blending a minimum of 5 reference photos to create the scene.

Lesson 6

Landscapes & Backgrounds Track

Create a self-portrait as an imagined or real space.


  1. Submit your track images + info via this upload form.
  2. You can choose to receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail. (this includes international people)
  3. We’ll feature your track work in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.
  4. We’ll post your name, a link of your choice, your slideshow, and video feature on the corresponding track page in our student gallery area.