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Landscape art

NIFT creative ability test section has always tested students with ‘Scene Drawing’. I myself had to sketch a scene in railway station, few years back when I gave my entrance exam.

4 KEY POINTS to note in Landscape Art:
1. COMPOSITION is the key! The composition must be properly planned to create the visual aesthetics.
The following links talks more elaborately on importance of composition in a landscape art.
The golden rule to crack NIFT entrance exam is to PLAN first. Keep you pencil aside. Think. Know exactly what you are going to do before you start with your pencils.
2. PROPORTIONS are yet another important aspect in Landscape Art.
This particular link speaks more elaborately on dealing with proportions. http://www.drawinghowtodraw.com/drawing-lessons/art-design-principles/golden-ration-divine-proportions.html

One-point perspective relies on the premise that all parallel receding lines converge at one point along a horizon line. Lines that do not recede will be drawn as either horizontal or vertical lines.

Horizon:Your horizon line is always at eye-level. For example: if you are 6’4″ tall, your horizon line (eye-level) will probably be 6 feet off the ground (assuming a measurement of 4″ from the top of your head down to your eyes). To find your horizon line in any room walk right up to the wall you want to draw – your horizon line will be on the same level as your eyes. You can even put a piece of tape at eye-level to remind you as you draw.
Vanishing Point:The vanishing point must be on the horizon line. If you are looking down a hallway, your vanishing point will be directly in front of you, at a point right between your eyes.

Two-point perspective relies on the premise that all receding lines converge at one of two points along the horizon line. Lines that do not recede will be drawn only as vertical lines.

Horizon Line:In both one and two point perspective, your horizon line will always be the same as your eye level. For example, if you are resting your chin on the floor your eye level will be about 4″ inches off the ground (assuming a measurement of 4 inches from chin to eyes).
Vanishing Points:Both vanishing points must lie on the horizon line. Receding lines from the wall to your right will converge at a vanishing point to the left while the receding lines from the wall to your left will converge at a point to the right. The location of each vanishing point (how far left or right) will depend on your viewpoint (the angle at which you view the corner of a room or object).

4. FOREGROUND DETAILS & CONTRAST: Always remember to illustrate the foreground objects with more detailing that the background. It adds depth to your illustration!

Example: In the above image, the two trees in the foreground is illustrated with more detailing than those in the background.

Other key points to note:

1. Time limit: You work under a time limit.
2. Details are the key! If asked to draw a scene in shopping mall, remember to portray elements which others would generally miss like the lights, dustbins or an ATM etc.
3. Remember to draw HUMANS when a place is supposed to have humans! I remember many students who came up with brilliant illustrations of a ‘DESERTED’ railway station scene.What is a shopping mall or a railway station without human beings?


1. Draw a scene from a Shopping Mall during Christmas celebrations.
2. Illustrate a scene from a Bus stand.
3. Depict a scene from a handicrafts sale-cum-exhibition.