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Welcome to how to draw trees with leaves part 2.
This drawing builds off the last tutorial on how to draw a dead tree and shows how to add leaves to a tree. The approach to this drawing is much different than the last tutorial but It will help to watch that drawing before this tutorial. It will help with the anatomy of the tree and just the basic shapes.
I start off the tutorial by creating a ground to plant the tree into the ground so that it is not floating in the air. The tree is going to resemble that of a lollipop tree but after adding detail to it, it will take on a very realistic look of a tree.
For the trunk of the tree, I like to avoid in making a perfectly vertical trunk shape. Instead, I like to put it on the side or draw it on an angle to give it some more character and it separates it from other trees because it looks unique.
After the stump is in place, draw a basic light outline of what you would like the tree shape to look like. You can go as crazy as you would like with this. After the outline is completed, Use the underhand grip to hold the pencil at an angle and work the pencil in very quick circular motions. This will be the motion that you need to draw most of the tree.
I like to start out at the bottom of the tree. I start to shade it in with a 4H pencil. This pencil is very light and no matter how hard you press, it is always going to be light on the page. I use this to add some texture to the whole entire tree. This is the most time consuming part of this drawing. It took me about a half hour to do this part.
You want to start at the bottom and work your way up. Also, shading areas in groups help to give the tree a more real to life look.
After starting to shade I realize that I need to establish a light source. Deciding where this is in the beginning of the drawing is the best way to do it. Adding a light source helps to give your piece a 3 dimensional look and more realistic.
With the light source added in, The bottom right of the tree will be very dark while the top right of the tree will very light. I have also put in a center dividing line down the tree. Anything to the right of that line will be significantly darker than anything on the left of that line.
That concludes part one of the drawing tutorial. Please be sure to stop back and watch part 2 when it is up. Also check out my channel Tylersartshack and please subscribe!