Thursday, 17 December 2009

Drawing the shape of trees

Shape of trees,pen drawing

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 different tonalities from very bright to dark on each color. My world is rather flat in comparison, mostly I master only 4-5 tonalities.

Such an exercise on tonalities or values helps to see how the leaves of a tree are grouped due to the trees branch pattern. Also the major volumes become obvious. From there one can break down the tree top into smaller units if desired. The sketch shows the same group of apple trees from two different points of view.

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At December 19, 2009 , Blogger Pat said...

This is an excellent post. It’s very helpful and clear explanation. Love the ink work too.

At December 19, 2009 , Blogger Robyn said...

Unfortunately my hatching never looks this good no matter how I try. Beautiful trees!


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