It is a little ironic that I have just left my tree filled surroundings in Bali to live in a flat in a city, Lisbon, in time for this exercise- sketching trees. But it will do me good to have to find and focus on trees here and not only feel overwhelmed by city life!
This weekend I did a too short excursion to the nearby park Monsanto and did some first trials with a white eucalyptus tree.
I have decided to explore the cork tree instead- the soubreiro, because it is the most typical tree of Portugal for me, and it is also the nickname of my partner ( it sounds better in Portuguese) 🙂
First soubreiro trials:
This exercise calls for 4 different views:
- Draw a simple outline of the tree’s overall shape.
- Draw basic shapes in outline, or shaded areas that describe how the foliage forms in different masses around the tree.
- Draw the outlines of the trunk and the main branches of the tree that you can see.
- Draw with lots of scribbled outlines or shade roughly to try and indicate something of the texture of the foliage.
Here I divided my A4 sketchbook page into 4 frames to draw these 4 version of the same soubreiro tree:
It is true that I already feel somewhat more confident in drawing a tree. I look forward to look more at the details in the following exercises.
More drawings of individual trees:
The olive tree- Umbertine, Italy: