First A Couple of General Notes
When you are using any of the paint tools you must set your presets prior to choosing your color or it will revert back to the default color
also once you choose your color the preset will go back to showing none but it does in fact keep your choice

Remember to Save often, once you save - clear your undo history.
If you find a setting you like or think you will use often refer to this snapshot tutorial by Debbie Hardisty on how to save your favorite brushes.
Saving Brush Settings to your Easy Palette

Also most all the settings specified in this tut are done with the brush panel.So once you set your Preset.....all other settings can be done from the brush panel

This can be done with a Wacom tablet or with a mouse.The settings are all approximate as each person will use a different amount of pressure or a firmer or softer stroke.Also remember the undo is a very important tool and you will need lots of patience. A lot of steps seem repetitive but when you are trying to achieve a certain look you may have to try several different tools to get the look you want.So it is kind of a back and forth process.(which is where the patience comes in)

Painting in Mode versus not

Please note that you may find it much easier to manipulate your painting if you were to paint in object mode.
Advantages to painting in mode is that you can paint a little bit at a time making it an object. If you decide later on down the line that you don't like that particular tree in that spot but it might look better on the other side of the canvas, you can simply move it over.
It also makes it easier should you require to blend certain aspects of your painting.

All colors specified for this tut are from the Windows Color picker using the RGB values If you are not familiar with the brush panel settings and where they are located I would recommend referring to this tut prior to starting

Use the airbrush and lay in the foundation of approximately where
you want your mountains , lake ,trees, and sky
Airbrush about size 45
transparency50 softedge 100
color isn't too important except for the sky , since it is just for location

choose the color you want for the base sky I used R74 G60 B108

then I used the paintbrush size 4 in a dark green just to kind of note where I wanted a few trees

Working on the Sky

paintbrush size 85
color R74 G60 B108
transparency 75 softedge 50
spacing 25
fill as necessary

soft charcoal size 18 w 19 h
Color 227 191 201 Multicolor 0 2 4 spacing 19
transparency 90 angle 40
weight 22 distribution 7
above mountains

Gritty charcoal 34 w 18 h
Color 203 159 158 Multicolor 0 11 0 transparency 81 angle 32
weight 44 distribution 52
spacing 32
make clouds

Color 179 137 130 few small highlights over clouds
feather slightly with charcoal fog
size 40 transparency 30
same colors

warp tool about size 30 level 15 (very very light touch to shape)
dodge default 14w 12 h
level 12 softedge 90 spacing 30 highlights in clouds
and above mountains
more to left where sun will be coming from

Gritty chalk size 30 transparency 40
(varying as you want more distance to appear make the transparency higher)
fill in to give some texture to the mountains
and forefront and use the straightline option to define
the base of the mountains
color R G B 160 0 0 for mountains nearest then go over with 30 0 0 in a smaller brush leaving some of the reddish color to show through
90 104 141 for farthest mpountains
40 61 66 for forefront

over lake
Particle Brush Preset leaf
size 27w 13h angle 164 softedge 25
wetcontrol 100 transparency 60
Color 150 182 220
then changing only color to 0 2 4 fill in
Bristle split 3 size3 transparency53
brushhead 45 density 30
random 28
color 72 83 98 multicolor 0 2 11
spacing 19
defining mountain peaks and valleys (very light touch)

darken the coral showing thru on left mountain that runs with skyline.
leaving the coral peeling thru the skyline itself and make sure edge
is running down to base ........
color 83 4 0 multicolor 0 27 9 transparency 18

small mountain front left
bristle split 3 size 9
transparency 35 random 38
brushhead 60 density 40
color 49 52 87 multi 0 27 9
spacing 37
running in short up and down strokes define top and shoreline and fill in
also fill in the shoreline of all back mountains as needed

forefront where trees will be
Bristle split 3
color 35 49 44 multicolor 0 27 16
size 8 brushhead 68 density 43
random 40 spacing 20 transparency 35 working in very short
up and down strokes fill in and define


soft charcoal size 8w 4h
color 153 174 176 multicolor o 11 10 angle 40 weight 22
distribution 7 transparency 30
spacing 17

make a small point off the small left mountain to the left and below where the trees will be

changing transparency to 65
run softly along shoreline making
small breaks in tree line
also make some breaks at base of mountains as
if water was running back behind and all along shoreline


Lake and shoreline

warp tool size 15 level 65
softedge 0
I went over lake and along shoreline
changing to suit myself

oil paint default
size 15 transparency 88

Color 34 97 161 multicolor 0 0 0
brushhead 10 density 50 random 20
wetcontrol 32 spacing 8

Gritty Charcoal size 4 w 10 h
Color 54 78 62 multicolor 0 20 20
angle 0
weight 64 distribution 72 transparency 30 spacing 36

Blend dodge and burn in water

odge default size 15w 8h angle 191 level 29 softedge 100 spacing 30

Burn default size 23w 11h level 12
softedge 100 angle 191 spacing 30

Bristle smear fine smear size 15
level 50 spacing 30

Blur size 35w 13h level 1
very lightly smooth edges of dark and light

oil paint light stroke
size 3 brushhead 9 density 29
random 25 wetcontrol 46 transparency 82
color 80 87 107 multicolor 0 4 7
spacing 30

redefine distant mountain tops and blend as needed

trees add a few tall trees
Gritty Charcoal
size 4 w 10 h
Color 54 78 62 multicolor 0 20 20
angle 0
weight 64 distribution 72 transparency 30 spacing 36

varying the width and height of the brush to fit the size of the trees wanted

Dodge size 11w 7h angle o
softedge 50 level 21 spacing 30
gently above mountain tops and highlighting the light lines we put in earlier
burn default size 100 level 25
softedge 100 to darken and put in shadow
water to right

touch up sky along mountain tops

Soft Charcoal size 18 w 19 h
Color 227 191 201 Multicolor 0 2 4 spacing 19 transparency 90 angle 40 weight 22 distribution 7

I added a couple of elk and a bird, I tweaked the color a bit with the Format Highlight,Midtone and Shadow framed it and signed it.

Below is the full size

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial .
If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me