My Landscape Illustrations of Recent Trip to Polish Baltic Coast Town Stegna

photograph of area where I found the tree I later turned into a landscape drawing
Map of Stegna, Poland (I was in green area or upper part near the green section)

Recently, I went on a trip to a Northern Polish coastal town off the Baltic Sea called Stegna. During this trip, I observed a very interesting looking tree that curves inward and designed to draw it.

Below is the tree and landscape in question. I drew it and a couple of the other trees and some scenery near it, but it was not meant to be a visual representarion of the scene exactly. I just focused on what I found interesting and added to it making it my own.

I used an iPad entirely for this drawing and I mostly did it from looking at the scene or visual observation and no tracing over photos or anything of that nature. I also used Procreate entirely with two brushes (precise pen and later some soft airbrush to thicken out the trees and some of the groundwork or schrubs.

Original tree I drew on the iPad using Procreate
Original tree I started the illustration with
The final monochrome digital drawing using the iPad

I have an older pastel drawing of a bear and duck you may have noticed in the art and illustrations section of the site.

I decided to import these two animals into this latest wilderness and landscape drawing, changing the bear’s shadow over time to reflect the sun position and adding both monochrome and slightly colored variants.

I’m still undecided whether to keep the original pastel-drawn bear vs. my remake or digitized version you can see in some of the variants. I also have two different duck sizes, depending on variant of the illustration, with one more proportional to actual animal sizes, but maybe less interesting.

My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes shadow fix and duck and bear. It is monochrome.
Notice the clouds I added coming from the scanlines
My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes shadow fix and pastel-drawn duck and bear I did previously. It is in color.

My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes shadow fix and pastel-drawn duck and bear I did previously. It is in color. It is my final version thus far and includes a grain texture.
Added some extra texture via grain and increased contrast here

Older versions before I fixed bear’s shadow direction:

My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes pastel duck and bear I drew previously and is in monochrome. It has a unique look with scanlines.
My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes pastel duck and bear I drew previously.
My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes pastel duck and bear I drew previously and is in monochrome. It has a unique look with various clouds.
My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes pastel duck and bear I drew previously and is in monochrome in this digital version. It has a unique look with various clouds with scalines to boot.
My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes duck and bear. It is in color.
My illustration of a landscape scene I witnessed at stegna, Poland. This one includes duck and bear. It is in mostly monochrome, but has some slight hues in the sky and of the animals.

I will try to fid the shadow on more of these versions or experiment with the bear more as well as possibly trace the illustrations into Adobe Illustrator to see what transpires as I add various filters and effects into the scenery. Keep watching this post for new updated content…

By the way, while walking around the beach and wilderness around Stegna, I completed a WordPress-based course on SEO and a separwte self-containted course on the topic not focusing so much on WordPress plugins like Yoast, but good SEO skills overall.

It opened up my eyes to thinks I simply neglect every time I post on this blog or other media for myself or out of my contribution (when I am paid it is different as ai usually follow the media’s or editors’ suggestions or instructions).

In this blog post however I decided to out some of what I learnt into use. For instance, I added alt text to every image describing it for the blind, shortened the url slug or ending from what WordPress had set up automatically for the post, added a keyword into the title and made the excerpt continue the headline or title and tried to make tags and categories not overlap too much with the same exact phrase.

We shall see if the SEO pays off at all once I start implementing such tactics onto my posts. However, I really would have to get the plugin WordPress package or subscription to truly make use of what I learnt.

LinkedIn has some pretty good courses as part of its premium package where not only am I able to watch as many of them as possible during a monthly $30 membership, but have the added benefit of messaging around five potential clients, leads, or companies (limited amount of times, but it is still nice) per month as part of the subscription to premium.

I am working on an infographic specialist course in Adobe Illustrator right now. Below is some photogrpahy from my recent trip to Stegna, Poland:

Stegna, Poland sunshine off the beach

Here is a vector version I started working on in Illustrator:

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