Tips & Tricks
– There isn’t straight lines in nature and there are million of ways to draw trees/plants. Feel free to draw however you want!!
– Learn how to observe, look at the different shapes and structures, look at the different foliages. Experiment by drawing textures of leaves and trunk.
– Shadings is (again) SO important in order to give a sense of believable form and three- dimensionality. Contrast between highlights and shadows is crucial for a drawing to stand out. Otherwise this will lead to a flat drawing with no depth.
With shading, the magical illusion of three-dimensional reality appears on your drawing paper. This is why the placement of the light source affects every aspect of an artwork.
– Take a sketchbook and go for a walk. Observe the trees you pass and try to sketch them quickly. This way it will become intuitive for you. You can also use photo references from internet if you prefer to stay at home.
– For the trees, begin drawing from the top down, connecting smaller branches to larger ones. Observe the angles at which the smaller branches connect to each other and to the major trunk. Make sure to enlarge the trunk as you descend. Understand the general idea of the structure of a tree. The trunk is always thicker. It is thick towards the bottom and the roots, and narrows closer to a point toward the top. The same thing with the branches. They are thicker toward the base and narrower towards the tip. Each one of the main branches gets a few branches of their own, but smaller. If you have a general idea of the structural composition of a tree, you will be able to draw any tree you want!
– Since most trees aren’t perfectly symmetrical, alternate some of the branches or leave gaps between them.
– Keep your hand loose and relaxed as you work in order to make a more realistic-looking tree.
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