In preparing for this exercise I decided to go out and do some sketches of trees in order to get into the mode of drawing trees. My first sketch is of a small tree near to my home in pen and ink. I then did a study of the leaves from this tree using the three watercolour pencils I had with me at the time. Both are A3.
I then went further afield and found a couple of other trees to sketch. The first is in pen and ink, the second uses Sepia and Brown pencil. Both A3.
I now felt ready to tackle the exercise. I knew of a church nearby that had a variety of trees in the graveyard and thought this would be a good place to sit quietly and sketch. I did the pencil sketch of the main outline first, followed by a pen and ink (line/ink wash) drawing to show the main shapes of the foliage. Both A3.
The shading on the pen and ink drawing did not turn out quite as I expected as the ink changed from black to blue part way through the drawing as I had changed the cartridge in my Art Pen just before coming out and had inserted a blue cartridge rather than black. However, I quite like to more subtle blue colour.
The tree I had picked for the first two drawings was not suitable for the next part of the exercise as very little truck or branches could be seen. I therefore drew a different tree using pen and pencil. I drew the main truck and branches I could see in pen and indicated the shape of the foliage in pencil. In the corner I added the detail for the foliage. Again A3.
This tree was at the edge of the graveyard and was leaning towards an open field and I think I have captured this in the shading for the foliage.
I enjoyed this exercise and it has boosted my confidence to sketch outdoors. Whilst I have not captured a fully realist drawing of the trees, I think the drawings do convey the overall shape of the trees and their different densities.