I remember being an emotional teenager. I'd get so upset I'd run into my room, slam the door and cry into my pillow... nope.
Actually, I did most of my teenage emoting up at the top of a white ash tree. I'd climb until the branches were only about two inches thick and the tree swayed in the breeze. Then at the top of a tree, at risk to lighting strikes, then I'd let it all go!
Trees are one of nature's most sublime elements. They tower over us, and reach up to touch the sky. They paint the landscape in yellows, oranges and reds or as evergreens bring life to the barren icy landscape of winter. You may not have the same emotional attachment to trees, but I hope you will agree they are wonderful to observe and deserve our attention as artists.
So lets draw some trees!
Obtain a picture of a tree. What you thought you'd draw the one I picked! If you must, but you'll enjoy the process so much more if you choose your own tree to draw. It's even better to draw from life!
Having chosen a tree to draw we can now begin to observe the tree.
The first thing is to get the rough shape of the tree top and the angle of the branches. Imagine you're a kid again drawing the ball for the tree and a stick for the trunk, except this time look at your tree to get the right shape.
Next you'll want to outline the clumps of leaves at the front of the tree. They will be more brightly lit. Don't get too picky here or you may get stuck on this step.
Now this is the pesky one. You'll start out carefully, but before you get through you'll want to just ignore the picture and make it up. Look at the dark leaves in behind. Shade the shapes of the shadows in being sure to leave the spaces between white.
Finally to finish it up add texture and shading! Depending on the shape of the leaf you may do little c's or more jagged lines to represent the texture of the leaves. Where there are shadows within the leaves you can have more marks and in the lightest areas use fewer.
I did my drawing with a black pen. If you choose to do yours in pencil you'll find you can achieve a softer effect. Looking closely you'll notice I forgot to add texture in a couple places. Everyone makes mistakes.