How to draw a talking tree
How to draw a tree
Trees are beautiful embodiments of the abundance and diversity of nature. You can live for many years; The oldest tree ever discovered is around 5000 years old. No wonder that artists of all skill levels are drawn to trees and try to convey their charm and diversity.
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to draw a typical tree with graphite pencils. But first we need to observe some basic things like constructing the branch with twigs, creating an illusion of foliage, and drawing the bark.
Immerse yourself in the world of nature and have fun!
You may also be interested in these tutorials on drawing trees and leaves:
What will you need
You will need the following accessories to create this project:
- an HB graphite pencil
- a 3B graphite pencil
- An eraser
- Drawing paper
1. How do you draw bark?
What is commonly referred to as bark comprises a number of different tissues that overlay the wood and act as a protective barrier. For example, cork is an outer fabric that is impermeable to water and gases.
Why do we start with this part of the tree? Bark is a finishing element that covers the shape of the trunk and branches. Knowing how to draw bark will speed it up later as we develop an understanding of designing a tree from scratch.
Let's just draw a close-up sample of the tree bark. We focus on the pattern and the details. With a HB I draw a small rectangle and fill it with lines that imitate the pattern of the bark.
Do not rethink this pattern at an early stage. just draw something that resembles irregular rhombuses.
I add more details to the drawing HB Pencil. The groups of parallel hatches help create the illusion of a three-dimensional surface.
With the 3B Pencil, I'll darken the boundaries between the sections of bark. You can also use dots to make the texture more interesting.
With the 3B With a pencil, I reduce the contrast and cover the sample with a layer of soft, smooth hatching. Then I accentuate the shadows again. This example is complete!
Let's make another sample of the bark structure. This time I draw larger shapes with the HB Pencil. I also add areas of moss and cover them with hatching.
With the HB Pencil, I'll add some shadows to the moss and bark.
With the 3B With the pencil I increase the contrast in the drawing and underline the boundaries between the sections and under the moss.
I add more details with dots and short hatches 3B Pencil. I also darken the perimeter of the sample to create an illusion of depth.
2. How do you draw a branch?
A branch is a wooden element that is attached to the central trunk of a tree. Large branches are known as knots, and small branches are known as twigs or twigs.
Branches and twigs can come in many different shapes and sizes. While branches can be nearly horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, most trees have branches that are sloping upward.
Let's draw a standard branch; I mark its core line with the HB Pencil. It is also useful to mark the point where the branch connects to the trunk.
I draw the shape of the branch. Remember that it is a three-dimensional shape with a round foundation.
I delete the guides and refine the outline of the branch.
I add the smaller branches. Feel free to add as many of them as you want and make them diverse.
I add small branches.
I draw the leaves. They capture light energy and convert it into sugar through photosynthesis. They provide the nourishment for the tree to grow and develop.
Make sure the leaves are of different sizes and directions in your drawing. We don't usually see each sheet as an individual element, but let's allow a touch of stylization for our study.
I add the long lines and hatch groups and imitate the structure of the bark. It's so great that we already know how to bark, right ??
With the 3B Pencil, I'll darken the sides of the branch to make it three-dimensional. I fill the space around the leaves with groups of hatches to create an illusion of depth.
3. How do you draw a tree?
Now we can draw the whole tree. I mark the base of the tree and add the core line.
A tree usually has a wide base and a thin top. I construct the shape of the tree, create the segments of the shape and join them together with a pencil outline.
I add the shapes of the branches; They differ in size and direction.
I delete the guidelines and refine the contour. When it comes to natural objects, small imperfections are appealing!
I'll add the smaller branches and twigs based on the principles we observed in the previous part of the tutorial.
Since we are drawing a whole tree, there is no point in drawing every single leaf. I add rough shapes of the leaves to the lower branches and crown margins.
It's important to keep the shapes sketchy. too much detail will make your drawing look strange and unnatural.
Let's create an illusion of foliage. An easy way to draw leaf masses is to fill in the crown with scribble lines. An example of this technique is shown in the lower corner of the illustration below.
With the HB With pencil I cover the area of the crown with scribble-shaped lines, some areas being lighter and the underside of the crown becoming darker.
It's time to work on the trunk. It is usually darker than the foliage. So it is important to have the right contrast.
With the HB Pencil, I draw the rough pattern of the bark and mark the umbra. Please note that we are seeing this pattern from a distance so it will not help if you have a lot of detail here.
I also went for a nice addition: a cave with an owl peeking out.
With the 3B Pencil, I increase the contrast in the drawing. Feel free to make the sides of the tree and the visible parts of the branches really dark.
With the 3B Pencil I darken the foliage and emphasize the lower part of the crown. The aim is to achieve a high-contrast yet harmonious look.
I finish the drawing by adding some grass near the trunk.
4. How to draw a tree stump
With the HB Pencil, I will draw the core line and foundation of the stump.
I add the top part of the stump. While the core line is a useful reference tool, you don't need to align this shape perfectly.
I mark the texture of the bark with the HB Pencil.
A cross-section through a tree trunk may show concentric circles of lighter and darker wood - the tree rings (also known as annual growth rings). These circles are usually regular in shape, but sometimes they turn into wavy connecting lines due to abnormal growth conditions.
I mark the center of the inner hull section, then draw circular shapes that run from the center of the section to the periphery. I also add small cracks to make the drawing more believable.
With the HB Pencil, I create the texture of the bark. I also add horizontal hatches to the top of the stump to emphasize the flat plane.
I darken the sides of the stump with the 3B Pencil. It's time to add details like tiny islands of moss to the bark and change the pattern of the growth rings.
The upper level of the stump can have interesting transitions from a darker core to a lighter periphery (leading to a slightly darker area near the cortex).
The drawing of the stump itself is complete, but it doesn't look believable. I add grass and fern leaves to create a nice natural environment.
Your drawings are complete
Congratulations - we've made four beautiful pencil sketches! Hope you took inspiration from the trees and enjoyed drawing.
Let your creative journey be fruitful and full of joy!
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