Trees and Shrubs

As with roses, a tree is not a tree is a tree, it is the tree, the one that you are drawing. It must be seen as an individual. When you think of the tree as an individual, almost like a person, you'll discover that it has both gesture and direction. It has its own proportion and shape, from tall, columnar evergreens to wide, spreading oaks.

Every tree has a character all its own.

Trees present a myriad of possibilities for texture, composition, perspective, and light and shadow studies.

Foliage is another detail that needs special attention. Don't draw a head of broccoli like painters used to before en plein air painting became popular and artists started really looking at trees. Of course, if you can't see those individual leaves, it's possible you need new glasses or contacts.

Foliage is another detail that needs special attention. Don't draw a head of broccoli like painters used to before en plein air painting became popular and artists started really looking at trees. Of course, if you can't see those individual leaves, it's possible you need new glasses or contacts.

Different foliages have different textures. Look at the various ways these examples illustrate them. There's more than one style in which to render foliage! What's your style?

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