Drawing the Landscape - Step 1
The sky area and the landscape area.
Take an A3 sheet of heavy cartridge paper and arrange it vertically. Using a pencil, lightly mark the center of the sheet to separate the areas of sky above and landscape below.
Drawing the Landscape - Step 2
Draw the lower section of the landscape area and the upper section of the sky area.
In the lower section of the landscape area, draw the outline of nearby rooftops across the sheet of paper. Focus the detail on domestic chimney shapes, some of which may be larger suggesting that they are closer to the viewer while others may be smaller suggesting that they are slightly further away. This starts to create an illusion of depth within a single outline.
In the upper section of the sky area, draw the lower edge of a layer of clouds descending from the top of the page.
Drawing the Landscape - Step 3
Draw the middle sections of the landscape and sky.
In the middle section of the landscape area, draw the outline of more distant rooftops across the paper. The detail here should include a greater variety of architectural shapes to create a mixture of domestic and industrial structures and the scale of the buildings should be smaller than the lower section.
In the middle section of the sky area, draw another layer of clouds below the upper layer.
Drawing the Landscape - Step 4
Draw the upper section of the landscape and the lower section of the sky.
In the upper section of the landscape area, draw a skyline across the paper. The detail here should include high-rise buildings and towers that would be visible from a distance. The scale of the buildings should be smaller than those in the middle section.
In the lower section of the sky area, draw a final layer of clouds. These should leave a small gap above the skyline to form the distant sky. You may now erase the guide line that separated the sky area from the landscape area.
Drawing the Landscape - Step 5
Complete the drawing with some vertical trails of smoke.
In the final stage of our drawing, the composition seemed too horizontal so we added some vertical trails of smoke to the 'factory' layer of the landscape in order to break up its parallel structure. Each trail of smoke was 'welded' to a different layer of cloud to strengthen the illusion of depth as their scale decreases in the distance. They also act as transitional shapes between the hard lines of the architecture and the soft contours of the clouds.