Sweetiepie is an artist and a blogger. See more of her artwork by visiting the website listed on her profile page.
Drawing a picture of a forest scene at sunset is a stimulating art project for people who enjoy creating landscapes. I love to draw because in our modern world it is the one thing we can still do without a machine. Yes, I used a camera and a scanner to share what my illustration looks like on this hub, but the drawing itself was created with my very own hands. This sunset sketch drawing was created by using several photographs I took of the view of Mount Baldy from the San Bernardino Mountains, and by using my own artistic license to create a sunset with a moon in the sky. Usually the full moon is never above Mount Baldy at sunset (the moon is visible in the early morning), but for this drawing I decided to make it this way. The beauty/creativity of artwork is that you can do anything you want under the sun, even if that includes drawing a sunset!
Sketching The Forest Sunset
Although the above picture was taken in the early morning, it served as the inspiration for my sketch because I liked the location of the moon in the sky. Below are a few of the sunset photographs I also used as ideas for designing my forest sunset drawing.
By gathering together a few sunset photographs I took up in the San Bernardino Mountains, I was able to design a sketch to my liking.
Using a print-out of a reference photograph for sketching can be more convenient than using photos on the computer for actual reference. However, I also like to refer to pictures on the computer because I have the ability to zoom in to see details, and in the past I used a magnifying glass to do that.
In this phase of the sketch I am added more detail to the trees as I continued to draw the forest scene.
For this art project I used a violet-blue colored pencils to begin shading in the peaks of Mount Baldy. The tops of the peaks remained white in patches to mimic the snow that is on these mountains.
I used the violet-blue colored pencil to finish coloring in all the areas of Mount Baldy that were not covered in snow.
Using the darker blue colored pencil helped to give the mountains a bit more depth, mimicking the shadows of sunset.
I used a light pink colored pencil on the snow portions of Mount Baldy to make it look like the sunset is reflecting off of it.
The sunset sketch really begins to come together when I started to add the light pink color to the top of the sky.
Here I used a bright pink colored pencil to shade in the bottom part of the sky. The light pink and the dark pink color blends together to create a striking sunset in this sketch.
In this phase of the sketch I used two shades of gray colored pencils to fill in the moon.
I am creating my piece of sunset art by shading in the silhouette of the pine trees and the mountains with a black colored pencil.
I continue shade in the silhouette of the mountains and the pine trees. The details on the pine trees in the distance were the most fun to create.
In this phase of the sketch I am using the black colored pencil to create the shape of the mountains in the sunset silhouette. Also, I am filling in the tree trunk in the foreground, which is beginning to take shape. I lightly shade in with black for portions I want to be lighter, and darkly shade in for the darker portions.
Using my colored pencil to create the shading for the mountains and the trees was quite soothing. When my sketch is completed, I am feel satisfaction and closure. Taking pictures of the drawing process helps me learn new things about my art work, and what I might do differently next time around.
I purchased a simple white frame to hang my forest sunset sketch on the wall. As I create more art work over the years, I have learned that a cheap and creative way of decorating my home is to display my own work. So if you have a sketch that you are particularly fond of, just purchase a frame to hang it on the wall. Happy drawing!
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 01, 2016:
I like vibrant colors. Thanks for your comments, Jo Goldsmith11
Jo_Goldsmith11 on January 17, 2016:
wow! That is so amazing the way you drew the picture free hand.
I guess a print out would make it a bit easier. Interesting on your choices of color pencils. And you definitely are gifted. A print out too makes sense to me, I would think the magnifying glass would bother the eyes at some point. Awesome! Shared...nice to meet you.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 16, 2015:
Thanks, Peggy. I still post art inspired creations here from time to time, but if you want to see more of my up o date stuff, you can also check out my profile. On Twitter I post more of what I am creating at the moment.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2015:
Thanks for sharing your artistic side with us in addition to your photography. You live in such a beautiful part of the country that images for inspiration should never be a problem for you. Creating art can be so much fun. I started drawing when I was a child as a form of entertainment. Your walls are nicely decorated. Will be eager to see more!
prettydarkhorse from US on September 22, 2015:
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on September 17, 2015:
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 17, 2015:
I have got to come back and work on this when I have time. Beautiful; will follow so I don't lose my place!
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on September 16, 2015:
You should definitely draw something. It is fun.
Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on September 12, 2015:
This is real beautiful. I've always liked to draw. I might give this a try.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 22, 2015:
prettydarkhorse from US on March 21, 2015:
Nice, good job sweetiepie.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on March 20, 2015:
Just drew these with a really sharp pencil.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 20, 2015:
how did you draw the leaves? they are so tiny!
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on June 01, 2014:
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on May 27, 2014:
Another excellent step by step inspiring hub
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on November 20, 2013:
Thanks, DDE. Always appreciate your encouragement.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 20, 2013:
How To Draw A Forest Scene At Sunset so beautifully approached great talent in drawing.
Kelly Hashway on October 24, 2013:
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 20, 2013:
Thank you Aguvulpes.
Peter from Australia on October 20, 2013:
very creative idea to use a sunrise as inspiration. Lovely interpretation :)
mr-veg from Colorado United States on October 13, 2013:
YW and glad to know about your full bloom of talent :)
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 13, 2013:
Well I have been in full bloom for years, but thanks for the lovely compliment.
mr-veg from Colorado United States on October 11, 2013:
wow you are talented aren't you ? Great job and you are really a blooming artist for sure... GoodLuck !!!
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on September 04, 2013:
@thelyricwriter, thank you!
Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on August 23, 2013:
Cool and great tips SweetiePie. Beautiful picks that would make great drawings. Voted up, useful, beautiful, and shared.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 24, 2013:
Thank you, Carrierrichard!
carrierichard from California, USA on February 24, 2013:
wow! this is so good.. i wish i could draw few.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on December 13, 2012:
Thank you, Dolores! I especially enjoyed drawing this picture because it is based on one of my favorite locations to photograph: the view of Mount Baldy from the San Bernardino Mountains.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 13, 2012:
Hi Sweetie - this is such a wonderful step by step tutorial. I love how you display the photos that you used, and every step of the drawing. This was a beautiful hub. I love the leaning evergreen.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on September 13, 2012:
Thanks for all the great comments!
Mark from Alabama,USA on September 12, 2012:
I gave it an awesome, good work, I have been trying to learn to sketch, I have bookmarked this hub and will be back, YOU ARE GREAT
wellsjsam from Oakfield, New York on January 11, 2012:
Your drawing is beautiful. You captured the splendor of sunset over the mountains. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to teach others.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on December 29, 2011:
I appreciate your comments.
jennifer moe from Brooklyn center,mn on December 29, 2011:
very good drawings.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on August 09, 2011:
I appreciate your comments.
Yes, it is true how every artist has their own way of expressing a particular subject.
Woody Marx from Ontario, Canada on August 06, 2011:
Forest scene at sunset is a great topic! And every artist has their own way of expressing it.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 04, 2011:
That was fantastic. Thank you for a good lesson.
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on August 01, 2011:
Thank you Katrinasui!
katrinasui on August 01, 2011:
Beautiful Hub! Pictures are simply amazing..
SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on July 31, 2011:
Appreciate your comments.
Thank you for your comments about my sketch.
Paradise7 from Upstate New York on July 31, 2011:
Looks good to me! Thanks, Sweetie.
Wayne Tully from Hull City United Kingdom on July 31, 2011:
I think you took the inspiration from the photos quite well with the cool blue mountains and sun set colors. well done!