The outline for the painting was created by drawing two palm trees and the mountains in the background. The drawing was created with a sketching pencil in the following steps.
A photograph of two palm trees and the San Bernardino Mountains was printed out as a reference for the outline drawing.
The palm trunks were sketched in.
The reference photograph was used to draw the fronds on the palm trees.
The mountains were sketched behind the palm trees to give the outline drawing depth.
Outline sketches allow the artist to plan out a painting, but details often change once the paint is applied. Come back to see how the painting turns out in the next article.