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How to draw Grass and Weeds

Introduction

A simple pencil stroke

Practice

Practice drawing various “textures” to depict grass. Here are a few tips:

  • Vary the length of the grass. Unless the grass is from a manicured urban lawn, the grass will not be the same length. Varying the length will add interest.
  • A slight arch with the pencil stroke will keep the grass from looking stiff and unnatural.
  • Add a variety of weeds including broad leaf plants. Again this will add interest to your scene.
  • Create light, wispy grass with lighter pencil strokes.
  • For a thicker carpet of grass, use shorter, firmer pencil stroke.
  • For large sections of grass, use a 4H or 2H chisel point lead and layer a light tone over the area. This will add uniformity.

How much detail?

So how much detail should be used when depicting grass? Well, that depends on what your landscape dictates. Grass in the far distance is easy as it should be nothing more than a tonal value. Even around the tree in the foreground of “Honey Creek”, the grass is little more than a texture.

It isn’t until you get to the closest foreground area that you “might” be able to distinguish individual blades of grass. By keeping this in perspective, it makes drawing grass so much easier as it is now just another “texture” added to the landscape.

How to draw Grass and Weeds Introduction A simple pencil stroke Practice Practice drawing various “textures” to depict grass. Here are a few tips: Vary the length of the grass.