Yearly Archive 2009

Drawing a willow tree – with the controlled hand

Thursday, den 31. December 2009

Some time of the last hours in 2009 I have spent sitting in front of a willow tree, which I want to have in the collection of ink drawings made in an indian landscape book,which is in fact a photo album with a cover made from an old sari. In this sketchbook I work slowly […]

Drawing the shape of trees

Thursday, den 17. December 2009

I love to draw the shape of a tree. Usually I start at the top and sketch the outline downwards. In this pen sketch I tried to identify areas with the same tonality and marked them with more or less dense hatches. I have seen works of painters who were able to work with 7-9 […]

Drawing under an umbrella – The apple tree

Monday, den 7. December 2009

Rainy days can be great for drawing, if the rain is not too heavy. This little study of an apple tree, trunk and and a big branch, was drawn while sitting under an umbrella. The one I have has a little rope at the top which I use to hang it into low branches of […]

Drawing tree tops and their branches using negative forms

Sunday, den 29. November 2009

Using so called negative forms or space is a popular method to relax from concentrated observation on drawing outlines of a subject. Instead of following the outline of the tree branches one can shift the view to the empty space in between. Those closed forms of sky patches are often easier to outline than following […]

Tracing a tree – learning proportions in drawing

Thursday, den 19. November 2009

Tracing a subject is a widely used technique in the art and illustration world. I do not want to discuss the question whether tracing is a kind of “cheat”, as it can be done with less dexterity than a freehand drawing, or not. This post is about learning proportions in drawing. Once I got so […]

Oak tree and branches

Friday, den 6. November 2009

Todays illustration is a small 5X7 detail sketch of an oak tree trunk and how it branches out. Compared with the works of the artist Amy Talluto, found via Design Squish blog, my drawing looks quite humble. Amy Tattulo has an amazing drawing portfolio on her website with smashing, realistic graphite drawings of trees and […]