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.

Lesson 1Lesson 2Lesson 3
Lesson 4Lesson 5Lesson 6

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.

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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.

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Show us what you make!

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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.

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