A step by step tutorial on how to draw a tree with a pen to make it look ether realistic or analytical.
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The most important thing to understand is the level of detail we want to apply to a tree. The type of drawing we want to use for a tree depends on the scale. We abstract the trees that are more distant and apply more detail to the ones up frot or the ones we want to emphasize.
We usually get the best results when combining those different levels of abstraction in one drawing. Now let’s look at three simple ways to draw trees with a pen.
The first to draw the habitus of the tree with the branches. We start with the trunk and the outline of the habitus and start spreading the branches. They split into smaller and smaller branches. It’s important to reach all the way up to the outline with the small branches. This gives the tree a realistic look.
This way of drawing is especially good for showing tree species since they each have a different shape of growth.
The second way is to draw a volume instead of the branches. It’s useful when we want to emphasize the spatial quality of a tree. We draw the shape of the habitus. It’s almost never a single shape, but consist of several shapes. Often we can see some branches through the canopy. Drawing them makes the tree seem more realistic. In the end, I give the tree an oblique hatch to give it a feeling of volume.
The final type of drawing is applying a texture to a tree. I do this when the texture is important or I want to add a lot of detail to a tree that is very near. I start by drawing the trunk and some basic branches, then start adding the texture of the leaves. I draw more of them where I want the tree to appear darker.
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