Part 2 of the tree drawing exercise Hope you are drawing too…..
Creative Scribbling or how scruffy can be best.
This is how we left it, a very stringy spider with an amazing hair do.
Now it needs to be more than an outline. The methods I use tend to be scruffy, adaptable and without anxiety. They also can translate directly into machine stitching which is where I go after drawing.
First – the solid bits. Trunk and major branches. Do not try to be too careful – get the feel of the tree rather than try to count the branches. (no one will ever know). Handy hint and tip – don’t draw solid lines all the way along the edges.
This will look bad close to, so set it at least twice arm’s length away from you before crying ‘Disaster!’
And then the canopy – I use a rough cross hatching technique, sometimes with scribbling or washes. What is cross hatching ? This is……
Benefits – simple idea, versatile, can be rough or very controlled.
Second stage – Don’t bother being worried – you can add to it at any time. Single layer done in blocks and not sticking within the outlines either!
Third stage – Just keep going. Look for denser and darker areas on your tree. All you do is put in more layers of hatching. Let the blocks overlap and merge.
You will end up with a convincing tree – no outlines to make it look static and stuffy. If it is too regular then add on more, or if working in pencil then rub some away.
And here is my finished beastie. Can you see that the top has grown a bit to give a bit more height and some rough grass has grown to suggest the ground level. I’ve worked in pen so that you can see clearly so the frame lines are still there. Usually I would just put dots at the key points, or of course do the frame-work in pencil and rub it out.
Easy? A quick sketch that could be tidied up to make a more polished study, scribbled over to change the textures, or left exactly as it is.. Most time is usually taken up by looking and worrying, just practice not worrying and practice looking more instead.
Handy hints and tips.
Work from real whenever possible – don’t rely on photos.
Relax about things – don’t fret at things, stages look really bad as you build them, sort the whole image not focus on single bits.
Something like a tree is a mass not an outline. Get away from lines round things.
Do this for fun. Don’t torture yourself over minor errors. Every time the wind blows the tree will change.
In extreme cases, just blame the squirrels…..