The aim of this exercise is to establish a foreground, middle ground and background in your drawing. … Objects in the foreground such as trees or plants will appear to be clearer and have more detail, be bigger in proportion, and will have texture. … The middle section of your drawing will include subtle changes. The detail will be less important … The background of your landscape will usually include the horizon and the sky … Nothing in the background should be definite.
This drawing was done on A3 paper using different grades of pencil. The size of the paper meant the piece had to be photographed in stead of scanned and the pencil meant very few dark lines.
I worked from one of my photographs due to poor weather. It is taken on the far side of Doffcocker Lodge from an area called Goose Green. I drew the distant houses feintly with an HB pencil. I knew large amounts would be covered up by nearer features but some would be seen through the trees and I needed to know where they would be. I then drew the island in the middle of the lodge, where the geese sleep safely at night, using a B pencil and getting more detail for the middle ground. I finally used a 3B pencil for the trees on the near shoreline. I gave these trees, especially the right hand one much more detail including bark on the trunk and some individual leaves.