How many times it happened, during the school years, to develop a theme that had as its main subject the description of a landscape, specifically a place that concerned a story read at school or a place that was visited or a simple photograph. In any case, the purpose is to make the reader participate so that he can visualize what he is talking about. This kind of work is not difficult, just a good observation and a bit of imagination. Reading the tutorial you can get useful tips on how to describe a landscape.
- Photography or illustration
- white sheets or notebook
- pencil or pen
Take a look at the landscape
The first thing to do is to give a place to the landscape, to indicate the area and, subsequently, to take a broad overview, for example, if you are at the seaside, in the mountains or in the city. We can take inspiration from how writers manage to transport the reader to the places of their stories; if it is a photograph we can easily deduce in which season it was taken: in spring if there are flowers, in summer if the foliage of the trees are green, in winter if there is snow. The description of a city landscape is more difficult: if people are represented, we can observe their clothing to get directions.
Divide the photo into plans
At this point, we divide the photograph into plans, from the background, to the center, to the first floor. Let’s start with the one that is farther away and end with the main elements: with a little imagination, if we look at flowers we can smell them as a forest smells like mossy earth. We transmit sensations and do not limit ourselves to a list of what we see; we can describe the colors of the sunset or the atmosphere of the street lamps in the city without becoming too poetic. From time to time, we reread what was written without looking at the image: by doing so, we can understand if we are proceeding in the right way.
Representing the actions of animals or people
If animals or people are represented, we describe what they are doing, the mood they convey. If we have experienced these situations ourselves, we highlight our memories, sensations, sounds and smells. We use fantasy without exaggerating and without straying too far from the context. Before finishing, let us once again look at the image to see if something important has been omitted. Finally, let’s re-read everything we wrote by checking spelling and punctuation.