Advanced Leafless Tree Drawing
Artwork by Suzy Hobbs
Time: 1 hour+
- To take notice of our changing landscape as winter approaches.
- To accurately draw a leafless tree form using shading, hatching, and contrasting colors.
- Nice drawing paper
- Nice oil pencils
- Example and drawing aids
- Take a close look at the provided images of leafless trees and guide you student to consider the structure of the tree. Do a few practice sketches on scrap paper. Some trees are very angular, while others have more organic forms. What kind of tree is most interesting to the student?
- Considering the composition let the student start a line drawing in pencil first. I really respond to the images with tree branches going off the edge of the paper and tree that are not perfectly symmetrical.
- Once the line drawing is on the paper decide on your color scheme. In my example I used warm and colors, but complimentary colors or even black and white will also provide interesting contrast.
- Describe how using shading and highlights we can make a form look 3 dimensional. Decide where the light source is coming from so that shading is consistent.
- Dive in with color. Fill the whole page. In the background, hatching is a great way to fill a space with color and create a smooth looking surface. I also created a color gradient in the background using hatching.
- Create a whole forest! Fill the page with different shapes and sizes of trees before adding color!
- Instead of adding color, stop after the pencil drawing is done and cut it out. Use the tree as a stencil to create a series of trees with different textures on each. You could create a whole forest of trees with textures made with stamps, wallpaper, paint, etc.
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