The idea of drawing a detailed mountain such as Mount Everest may seem like a daunting task at first. But when we break it down into steps, it's really quite simple. Let's use a 2H or harder pencil to sketch in some basic guide lines. First, draw a horizontal line in the lower section of our page. This will be our horizon line, and even though we don't actually need it for vanishing points, it's nice to have as a guide line. Well above the horizon line, draw the triangular shaped peak of the mountain, which levels out as a straight ledge along the right side of the page. Our illustration will be from the northern side of the mountain.
Now that our guide lines are in place, let's draw the foreground terrain. It's best to start on the ground and work our way up to the peak of the mountain. The foreground should be rocky and free of snow. We should have two shallow slopes that slope down in the middle of the page. The foreground terrain should not rise above the horizon line.
Beyond these shallow hills should be more rocky terrain with small hills scattered all over the place. Again, make sure that these hills do not rise above the horizon line. These hills should not go all the way to the left of the page.
Draw a high slope on the left side of the page. It should be a fairly straight diagonal line and fall onto the hills we made in step 3. Draw a few diagonal lines on the side of the slope.
Now that our foreground is complete, let's begin working on Mount Everest itself. The base of the mountain has a few shorter mountains smashed into its side. Draw the first mountain behind the edge of the slope we drew in step 4. It should have a sharp peak and be triangular shaped. The mountain is very rocky and jagged.
Next, draw a couple of large snow banks to the right of this small mountain. There should be a patch of rocks between the two rounded snow banks.
Above the snow banks should be another pointy section of mountain. This section should be especially rocky with plenty of short, vertical lines in its side. The peak should not extend past the mountain guide line we made in step 1.
Draw more cliffs and large rocks to the right of the snow banks. Notice how the right side of this section of mountain is cut off by a jagged line where the rock has broken away over time.
There should be long slopes at the base of the mountain that gradually rise up towards the snow banks.
We can now draw the peak of the mountain. Again, it needs to be very rocky and jagged. The peak has a sharp point in the middle of the page. It slopes down to the left where it meets a section of vertically rocks before sloping down even more as it reaches the left side of the page. To the right of the peak should be a gradual rocky decline that ends just above the horizontal part of our guide lines.
The right side of the mountain levels off and becomes a very subtle descending diagonal line. It does need its fair share of large rocks along the top.
Now that the basic shape of the mountain is drawn out, go back with a well-sharpened pencil and draw cliffs and ledges and rock patterns all over the side of the mountain. Notice how the texture near the top of the peak is mostly made up of horizontal lines with a few vertical slopes, but there are more vertical lines as we make our way down the sides of the mountain. There should be long, jagged, vertical lines near the right side of the base of the mountain.
It's a good idea to draw the edge of the snow line, as the snow does not go all the way to the ground. The edge of the snow should rise high on the left side of the page, and low on the right. It is not a straight or solid line, but rather a squiggly line accompanied by separate patches of snow.
Mount Everest is very high in altitude and often has clouds surrounding it. We don't want to cover up our drawing with clouds, so just draw a few small clouds floating around below the peak. This will give the viewer context as to how tall the mountain is.
It is now a good idea to ink our image. You can use either a brush and India ink, or Micron markers. Be patients and be sure not to accidentally ink any unneeded guide lines. When the ink has dried, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
Let's add shadow to give the image more depth. Establish your light source, and in this case it's coming from the left side of the page. A dry brush works great for shading the side mountains. A dry brush is when you dip a brush into ink and then wipe off the majority of the ink so that the brush is almost dry. It creates great texture that cannot be accomplished any other way. If you're unable to use a dry brush, just do your best to shade the right hand side of each slope and rock patch.
That's pretty much it! If you need to make corrections, you can use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add highlights, or you can use it to add additional texture to the shaded areas by using the dry brush technique once again. And that's how you draw the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest!
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