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Using the pens to create a landscape.
As the Edinburgh Sketcher I am usually found drawing in the great outdoors rather than in a studio so for this how to I decided to go out into Inverleith Park and in particular the area above the duck pond which has a great view of Edinburgh Castle and the city in between.

Each of the double nibbed Chameleon Color Tones Pens have the ability to blend from light to dark as you draw. Using the Toning Medium from the Mixing Chamber which comes with each pen you can 'dilute' the original colour of the pen to just a hint of the original hue.

Posted by Edinburgh Sketcher from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published
  • How to paint a landscape. Landscape Drawing - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw your image in black outline using the Detail Pen, which has two nibs. Use the 0.6mm for foreground items and the thinner 0.4mm for items in the distance.

  • How to paint a landscape. Landscape Drawing - Step 2
    Step 2

    Tonal shading
    Use the Mixing Chamber to lighten your base colour add shading to various elements in your picture using the brush nib. Start with the light area and move into the dark, for best results keep the nib on the paper at all times.

  • How to paint a landscape. Landscape Drawing - Step 3
    Step 3

    Colour mixing
    Choose another colour pen and as before use the Mixing Chamber to lighten the shade before applying the second colour over the top of you drawing. In my case I darkened the tree by using Aqua Marine over the top of Grass Green.

  • How to paint a landscape. Landscape Drawing - Step 4
    Step 4

    Patchwork colouring
    When colouring a surface which is dark and light in different places, such as the brick work on my illustration then lighten the nib as usual using the Mixing Chamber. However instead of keeping the nib on the paper 'hop' around the page colouring the lighter parts first and as the nib darkens move through the various tones around the page. If your nib becomes too dark simple place it back in the Mixing Chamber to lighten it once more.

  • How to paint a landscape. Landscape Drawing - Step 5
    Step 5

    The Colourless Border Pen
    Use this pen blend already applied colour on your drawing, or to highlight and add texture to flat colour on your image. I added a few lines in the sky and on the water in the loch to add ripples and movement.

    The Chameleon Color Tones Pens are a great addition to an artists toolbox, however they do take time to become familiar with and practice will make perfect. My top tip is to have a scrap piece of paper ready to try your pen before applying to your drawing, at least until you get to know how the Mixing Chamber effects each pen.

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The Sewing Maven
The Sewing Maven · Des Moines, Iowa, US · 45 projects
Love Gorgeous landscape! Truly beautiful!
Ipsew Facto
Ipsew Facto · Galashiels, Scotland, GB · 1 project
You axe this look very easy ... I'm not sure I will find it so, but I love this so will definitely give it my best shot Happy Especailly as I'm looking at the castle out the window right now.

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