In almost all landscapes, they play an integral part in the scene. How the trees, grass and foliage are represented in a drawing have a direct impact on the entire mood and success of the drawing. Trees are also one of the most complex and intimidating subject matter to draw.
GOAL OF LESSON:
- Take a close-up view of trees
- Learn tips and clues on how to draw trees
- Focus on full-foliage trees such as oaks and maples
Without a doubt, the most influential and important reference that I can recommend is Mike Sibley's book "Drawing from Line to Life". He dedicates an entire chapter just on drawing trees. Mike’s on-line tree tutorial was the foundation of my learning and understanding on how to draw trees.
The Smithsonian Handbook on Trees is beneficial in providing information on the general shapes and varieties of trees.
Start where I began by reading Mike's tutorial on trees! He covers material in his tutorial that I have purposely left out of this lesson. Why? Because he says it so much better than I do! Visit www.sibleyfineart.com
– Drawing Trees.
I also have a tutorial on trees at www.dianewrightfineart.com/drawing-trees-1.htm
There are additional samples that are not covered here. Also stroll through my galleries and pay particular attention to the trees and foliage.