Drawing Trees

Be Inspired by Nature!

Drawing trees is something that many artists shy away from as they find it difficult to make their representation realistic enough. In reality, as with most skills within the realms of art, drawing trees requires yet another skill set to be learned sufficiently and once these skills have been learned and practiced, drawing trees no longer becomes a problem for the serious artist.

Most artists will acknowledge that it is the beginning point of the drawing that appears to be the problem. Being able to visualise the tree in your minds eye can take a while, and being able to translate this data into an accurate representation onto paper is a different task altogether. Drawing trees sufficiently well requires an enthusiasm for the natural world and a desire to improve your drawing technique in all areas.

There is a lot that you can do to increase your skill and confidence in this area such as:

- Go for a walk and notice just how many different types of trees there are. Compare an oak tree to an elm or fir tree for example. There are no comparisons; these trees are unique in their own right.

- Notice the leaves of each tree. They will all be shaped a little differently and knowing how the leaves look will help you to be able to draw more accurately.

- The trunk of the trees will be different too. Oak trees for example can have gnarled tree trunks and branches which spread out for a long distance to either side but in an often irregular manner.

- Practice sketching trees quickly and then do some detailed drawings of the leaves.

- When you feel you have more of an understanding of trees in general then you will find it easier to be able to relay this information onto paper.

- When drawing trees, capture their main characteristics. Consider the gnarled, twisted torso of the oak tree for example

- Consider the composition of your picture. Is your tree the main focus or a part of a bigger scene?

- Drawing trees can also mean uniting those animals or birds associated with these trees into one picture and this makes the drawing become more realistic.

Practice is essential but so is learning to appreciate the woodland scene and understanding it in all its glory, once you have this, the problem of drawing trees will become a thing of the past.

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