Starting to Draw? PART 3

Drawing a Tree

This is the third of my art tutorials on ‘Starting to Draw?’ for absolute beginners. In this video I look at three things you need to know; hatching, tone and line. If you want to learn to draw you need to know these three elements. We start with a simple outline of a tree against a background of a river and trees on a bank in the distance. The trees in the distance are drawn using hatching and cross hatching with an HB pencil so the tone is quite light. The river is drawn with horizontal, overlapping lines which get wider as the come closer. This helps to give a sense of depth in the drawing. Drawing a tree has never been such fun.

The foreground tree is drawn using line and an 8B pencil. The tone of the line is much darker and therefore creates depth in the drawing. I show how by overlapping the line I can make the tree appear rounded. This also gives the oak tree drawing character.

This pencil drawing for beginners tutorial is aimed at teenagers, students and anyone else wanting to improve their drawing skills and to learn to draw.


I’d like to thank the following patrons whose support in the making of this video is much appreciated: Richard Chapple, Ivan Gilbert Rappaport, Farida Grewal, Dale Folan, Emily Liss, Martyn Lawrence Clarke-Smith, Nicolae Opris, Vaikunthanathan, Shirley Trill, George Barnabic

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