Category Part Three: Drawing outdoors

Check and log: Drawing trees

How many different tree types have you drawn?

Ex 13 Study of several trees

I chose a clump of trees located in a wood.  The clump had a variety of species so there were different shapes, colours and heights.  I sat quite a way back from the trees to take in the height of the trees which meant there was quite a large expanse of trees in the view […]

Ex 12 Larger study of an individual tree

I chose to draw an old large cherry tree in my back garden.  The tree is huge and I can see the trunk and some of the branches from a window.  The trunk is quite gnarled and the branches are old and twisted making really interesting shapes and patterns with a highly textured bark. I […]

Ex 11 Sketching an individual tree

Find a tree that interests you in a park, garden or anywhere that you feel comfortable sitting or standing.  You could look out from a ground fl­oor window if that suits you better.  You will need to be at some distance from a big tree. I started off by drawing 2 relatively quick sketches of […]

Check and log: Townscapes

How did you use a limited colour palette to create a sense of depth? I didn’t think about using the limited palette to create a sense of depth but rather relied upon aerial perspective.  But looking at my final drawing I see that I have I used heavier and darker colours and more detail on […]

Ex 10 Drawing statues

Statues are great for honing your drawing skills.  Don’t confine yourself to galleries and museums, look in streets, parks cemeteries and graveyards.  Statues can become a source of inspiration for further pieces as well as being completed drawings in their own right. Decide what has interested you about the particular statue.  You could focus on […]

Ex 9 A limited palette study from your sketches

Begin with a horizontal line that defines your personal eye level.  Use a limited palette for this project – two or three colours.  The traditional colours are brown, sanguine (red brown), black and white. You can use conté pencils, coloured pencils or ink and work on smooth or rough paper. For this exercise I chose […]