Project 1 Trees
Exercise 2: Larger observational study of an individual tree
For this exercise, I thought I’d try drawing a few trees. I used my A4 sketchbook for this. I tried to work quite quickly for each study, and tried using pencil and pen for this, as I wanted to focus on the lines that I could see in each of the trees.
I don’t know what the type of tree was, but the tree had a very distinctive shaped trunk and twisted branches. I have tried to hint at texture but focussed more on shading and building up tone.
I then decided to swap materials and work on some drawing with pen, as I found myself being quite hesitant and erasing a lot with pencil!
Experimenting with viewpoints is something I am trying to do a lot more of now, particularly following on from Assignment Two. I am also trying to find subjects to draw that are a lot more challenging!
I had a go at drawing a more ‘zoomed in’ part of a silver birch tree. This was quite a difficult one to do, as I wasn’t sure how best to capture the texture of the trunk against the shapes and shades of the leaves.
This exercise has been very useful when looking at the forms of trees, and has given me a few things to think about when looking at groups of trees in the next exercise.