The next blog posts are dedicated to drawing tree branches. One of the mopst interesting parts of a branch is the base of the branch, the connection between the trunk and the branch. The older the tree and branches are the more a kind of “shoulder” gets visible. The pen drawing above shall illustrate these observations made on a young beech tree.
Even if a branch breaks at the very base or is removed artificially there will be always traces of the former opening to see on the bark.
The common hornbeam develops even stronger shoulders than beech trees.