Fence Posts

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Putting up fences is not an easy task, so people want them to last. Two of the most popular woods used are locust and cedar. These woods contain an oily residue, which resists the weather for years. Naturally, there are many variations to these simple posts, which, through time and the elements, have become, to my eyes, pieces of sculpture.

The post in the drawing Remnants was sitting alone in a field on an old farm in my hometown. I could not resist the beautiful patina of the wood, the pieces of wire and the weeds. Here was a story I had to put on paper. This was a charcoal drawing rendered with Va" charcoal leads, then rubbed with a stomp and reworked with 4B and 6B charcoal pencils.

Look around for interesting fence posts in your area to draw. You will seldom find a model to sit so quietly for you!

Remnants, 30"x22", charcoal. Collection of Robert Guba, Sr.

Old Farm Fence Posts

Remnants, 30"x22", charcoal. Collection of Robert Guba, Sr.

How Draw Fence Post

Here are two more examples of fence posts. They were rendered with 2B or HB graphite pencils on Rives BFK paper. Large trunks of locust trees were split with a series of wedges to the size of post needed. When augers were not available to drill holes in the posts, hot pokers were used to burn holes in which to insert the cross pieces, as shown in the drawing of the single post. Some posts were placed right in the ground, and others were held in place by rocks.

Here are two more examples of fence posts. They were rendered with 2B or HB graphite pencils on Rives BFK paper. Large trunks of locust trees were split with a series of wedges to the size of post needed. When augers were not available to drill holes in the posts, hot pokers were used to burn holes in which to insert the cross pieces, as shown in the drawing of the single post. Some posts were placed right in the ground, and others were held in place by rocks.

How Draw Trees Lakes Rocks

When drawing lakes, the important thing is to simplify. Look for the main flow, usually created by breezes or the wind, and indicate the movement with a minimum of line. These lines should be mostly horizontal in direction. Leave a thin line of separation between the water and the land mass. If the water is darker than the land mass, leave a thin white line. If the water is lighter, leave a thin line that is irregular and varied in thickness.

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