Graphite Tree

GRAPHITE LESSON SERIES - "TREE"


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Drawing a Tree with Graphite

In this lesson series, we’ll create a drawing of a tree with graphite on lightly toned Stonehenge paper.

Lesson 1 (1:08:19)

In lesson one, we use a grid to lay out the contour lines of the tree while focusing on the trunk and larger branches. We then begin the process of developing the illusion of leaves, starting in the upper left hand corner.

Graphite drawing tree lesson series - lesson 1

Lessons 2-3 (2:23:58)

In lessons two and three, we continue developing the leaves and textures. During the process, we discover how abstract shapes and values can translate as a realistic image. Instead of focusing on drawing leaves, we focus on drawing what we actually see.

Graphite drawing tree lesson series - lesson 2 and 3

Lessons 4-5 (2:20:43)

In lessons four and five, we continue developing the textures, including the smoother textures on the trunk and branches. We discover the importance of cross contour lines and how they can be used to create the illusion of form.

Graphite drawing tree - lessons 4-5

Lesson 6 (1:12:25)

In lesson six, we patiently work our way across the composition, making our way to the right and lower portion of the picture plane. As we go, we add subtle shadows, slowly bringing out the illusion of light within the scene.

Graphite drawing tree lesson series - lessons 5-6

Lessons 7-8 (2:12:26)

In lessons seven and eight, we continue this process as the drawing begins to come to life. We see that even though this subject may have seemed difficult in the beginning, it’s quite possible to achieve with a little patience and knowledge.

Graphite drawing tree lesson series - lessons 7-8

Lesson 9 (1:07:35)

In lesson nine we complete the drawing, adding the finishing touches to the lower right corner of the picture plane.

Graphite drawing tree lesson series - lesson 9

Ready to Get Started?

DESCRIPTION:

Learn and draw along as we create a highly-detailed drawing of a tree with graphite pencils on Stonehenge paper.

MATERIALS FOR THIS SERIES:

  • Lightly Toned Stonehenge Paper
  • 2B Graphite Pencil
  • 2H Graphite Pencil
  • Vinyl Eraser
  • Ruler


Comments

Graphite Tree — 14 Comments

  1. I am loving this lesson. So new at drawing. This has encouaged me to LOOK in a more detailed manner at my environment. taking m y time to enjoy this process. thanks, Barbara

    • Hi Steve,

      I picked the sharpener up at a local art store. You should be able to find one at one of the big box art stores or online at Amazon. I hope this helps.

  2. Matt – How many gradations of black or gray would you think there are? Thank you for another excellent series. I am not great yet using the value scale. Anne

    • Hi Anne,

      It’s hard to say. There are many different values – at least 20 or more. I wouldn’t worry too much about using a value scale as far the number of values. I would try to match the value that you see in a particular area. You can use the value scale, if you wish, to compare the value in your drawing with that of the reference. In this drawing, I’m allowing the values to be a little lighter to create a more “airy” appearance.

    • Hi Thomas,

      I don’t use any fixative at all on any of my drawings. I find that it changes the values too much. Some people prefer to use fixative, so I wouldn’t not recommend it.

  3. looking forward to seeing the editing process and figure drawing, im way behind ,loving the tree lesson think its going to be a game changer for me in learning and want to start the birds in color pencil . Loving the forum ,received some friendly help which i need being a beginner to drawing.
    Great work on the site Matt tom

  4. Matt you have a nice system here. I have recommended you to many people who have checked this out, and or have joined. The well rounded courses are perfect for anyone to learn what they need to get from it. Your system has helped me become the confident art loving person I am today. Because of this system I am drawing what i want when i want and, still feel I have to go back over the basics from time to time just to be sure i am getting it correctly. Art has always been part of my life, but now because of this learning system that has been put together it is my reality, not just doddles and scribbles. Thanks again Matt jeff cook

  5. Matt because of this system i have the best of color pencils, soft pastels, oil pastels oils paints, acrylic paints and of course graphite at it best. With the high end supplies drawing is always a pleasure. I know even at this point with low end materials I can still make a drawing look real good because of the lessons you have provided. Congrats to you Matt, and your unscien staff working to make it all great. Jeff cook

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