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How to draw a tree, Lillian Kennedy – tree drawing (weeklyartlesson.com)
What a relief!
I have started oil painting…”sketching” with very diluted (thinned with thinner) paint only to have the size repeatedly get out of hand. i have sometimes started over as many as 4 times before i got the “placement” right. but, as you pointed out, often you can use that “mistake” to force yourself to focus on the part of the tree, or “the something” that really interested you. but also, I saw something else. you could also work backwards from the tree tip moving towards the trunk. Mostly it was a relief to see that even someone as skilled at sketching with more years experience than I have, also have the same need to start over.
I also noted that if one’s eye follows to the length of a branch, that the branch is not a solid or “same pressure” sort of line. It is more like exaggerated “hyphens” that start and stop….then pick up again. Another reason why you tree feels three dimensional and has volume. YOU ARE SOOOO GOOD, and your sketches always have such “life” and “breathing.”
Oh…and another thing…the place where leaves are still remaining. They come out towards the viewer because you subtly made light hatching lines behind that section….it makes for a more exciting and believable tree. When kids draw trees they resemble a flat dimension, like a coat rack or a person standing with arms extended. Your tree has branches that literally come out towards the viewer. You have it all!!!
Thanks. Compliments are so motivating and encouraging – now I feel like doing another one.
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