Vincent Desplanche's Mountain Sketching Workshop


Filmed on location above the village of Ercé, France, urban sketching instructor, illustrator and mountaineer, Vincent Desplanche, will teach you his process for sketching mountain ranges developed during many sketching expeditions in the Pyrenees, the Alps and the Dolomites mountains.

In this workshop, students get an over-the-shoulder view as Vincent explains his process with two demos filmed in real time (1 hour 24 minutes) and with 30 additional examples of his sketches.

In his first demo, Vincent makes a beautiful sketch of Pique Rouge de Bassiès from a lookout at an altitude of 3000 thousand feet and explains

  • Composition
  • Linework
  • Outline
  • Atmospheric perspective
  • How to separate planes
  • How to indicate gradients


In his second example, Vincent sketches Mount Valier and explains

  • How to indicate light orientation
  • How to Indicate distance
  • How to indicate clouds and mist
  • How to indicate rocks
  • Tips for painting background trees + rocks
  • Tips for painting texture
  • Tips for painting foreground trees + planes

Close Captioned

This workshop is close captioned for the hearing impaired or for those for whom English is a second language.

Reference Photos

Students are invited to sketch his view of Pique Rouge de Bassiès and Mount Valier from the video and photos provided. Or they may wish to apply these principles to sketches made from their own photos of mountain landscapes.


You do not absolutely need to use the same materials that Vincent uses but if you use different materials you will get a different result. These are the materials Vincent uses:
  • Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons

  • stiff acrylic brushes

  • 5.2mm soft charcoal lead

  • Seawhite 140gsm sketchbook made in Brighton, UK. Here's a link to this brand

  • a water container and cloth to clean your brushes

24/7 Lifetime Access

Participants will have lifetime access to the workshop material and can study the material when and as often as they like. This workshop is hosted on Ruzuku. After checkout you will receive an invitation to enroll in the course. If you already have a Ruzuku account, please leave at checkout the email you use to sign in to Ruzuku.