Tis’ been a season of drawing for me! Besides spending all summer making drafting drawings for my school class, I have wanted to further develop my drawing skills. However, it wasn’t until yesterday that I finally finished all my school (finished my seminary class) and so I have four days before I go back to work again. I took advantage of my first half day of freedom by organizing, decluttering, and drawing a tree.
Quite a while ago, I got the book Botany for the Artist.
It is a super cool book about all sorts of plants and is filled with pencil/pen and ink drawings of plants. I decided to replicate one of the drawings to study how the artist drew the plants. Since I like trees with character (I love all the twisty trees that you often find in fantasy paintings), I drew a picture of the Cedar of Lebanon in the book. This drawing was done with an HB pencil and took about two hours. Actual size is about 8″ x 5″. There was no erasing involved, all drawn freehand.
Here is the picture from the actual book. I tried to scan in both drawings in relative scale to one another. The original drawing in the book is about 9″x11″. (This is also an example of the stunning drawings that are found in the book. I can’t believe one person drew all these… there are tons of them!)
I really drew only part of the tree, but it was enough to help me understand the gist of how the tree was drawn. It’s fun to draw and learn!