Mini Demonstration

Use the same basic steps to draw evergreens as you would use to draw leafy trees. When drawing a tree, examine the subject closely to capture its uniqueness.

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Holding the Pencil (p. 15) Creating Values (p. 51)

Using Basic Shapes (p. 27)

Must-Have Materials

Graphite pencil Drawing board Drawing paper Kneaded eraser

Sketch the Basic Shape

Start with the basic overall shape and trunk.

Sketch the Branches

Sketch in the branches, noticing their direction. The branches angle downward the farther down you place them on the tree. Many trees are structured like this, not only evergreens.

Add the Needles and Shading Erase any unnecessary lines. Use a variety of staggered back-and-forth lines to suggest the needles of the tree. Apply some lines more heavily than others to create shading and depth.

Carry a Camera

Be on the lookout for interesting trees that you can photograph and use as references for future drawings.

Carry a Camera

Be on the lookout for interesting trees that you can photograph and use as references for future drawings.

Knowing how to draw different building materials such as brick, stone and wood comes in handy when you want to draw a house. These elements add a range of textures that make your drawing more interesting. Besides, they're fun to draw.

Draw Anywhere, Anytime

The really great thing about drawing is that once you have the necessary materials, you can draw anywhere, anytime. Draw while you're waiting in line! Draw on the bus! Draw on your lunch break!

Bricks Up Close

A subject viewed up close will display more texture than when viewed from a distance, so it should be drawn differently to show that detail. To emphasize their worn appearance, draw old bricks with multidirectional lines of varied degrees of thickness.

Bricks at a Distance

A distant view of bricks is drawn with minimal detail. Use back-and-forth line strokes to add values to the bricks. Add shadows under the individual bricks with heavy dark lines for a subtle sense of depth. Also create depth through the use of one-point perspective.

Pencil Sketch Bricks

Fitted Stones

Rough Stones

Fitted Stones

Rough Stones

Draw the massive fitted stones of an ancient Roman building with shading Use irregular shapes and sizes, varied line strokes and shading to create lines going in different directions to show texture. Make the joints of the a wall of rough stones. Add heavy, dark lines under the stones to imply stones dark to imply shadow and depth. shadow and depth. Notice the left end of the wall is set against a back ground made of dark vertical line strokes to suggest a corner.

Wood Boards

Draw weathered wood boards with coarse pencil strokes flowing in similar directions to show the grain. The spaces underneath and between the boards are dark to suggest depth.

Wood Beams

Draw wood grain using differing values and line strokes. Make the places where the wood was chipped out darker to suggest shadow and depth. Use semicircular lines to create the knots in the boards.

Wood Boards

Draw weathered wood boards with coarse pencil strokes flowing in similar directions to show the grain. The spaces underneath and between the boards are dark to suggest depth.

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