Project 1 Trees
Exercise 1: Sketching individual trees
This exercise suggested finding a tree that interested me, and sitting some distance away from it to do around four preliminary drawings, using a soft pencil, charcoal or pen and ink. I opted to use a 3B pencil, and worked quickly sketching to each point.
Draw a simple outline of the tree’s overall shape
Draw basic shapes in outline, or shaded areas that describe how the foliage forms in different masses around the tree.
Draw the outlines of the trunk and the main branches of the tree you can see.
Draw with lots of scribbled outlines or shade roughly to try and indicate something of the texture of the foliage.
When looking and sketching, I found that I thought the structure of a tree made sense, until I tried to draw it in the deconstructed parts. I deliberately had a go at drawing each part separate, but I can see how all of these would build up in layers to make a fairly accurate drawing of a tree.