- A3 sketchbook page
- F,HB,6B,8B pencils
The drawing took me approximately 3 hours during two sittings. I stuck with the same tree as I wanted to have a go at it using pencils. I thought carefully about the different tones which I built up by identifying lightest and darkest points which I marked in then focussed on mid tones. I stopped sooner than I thought I would as I felt I was starting to lose the shape of the leaf masses particularly in the centre of the tree. I identified the right side was in more shade and the left side a lot lighter over all as the sun was low in the sky and lighting this area of the tree. I produced a foliage texture with wiggly line and dashes which works well enough.
I would like to try this exercise again in the future but this time be braver and keep working the darks. There is not as much dark mass in the drawing as there was in reality, especially on the right side. Saying that its not far off.
It is a shame the leaf mass high light areas and holes between leaf masses reviling sky are not distinguishable. As an instant impression of a tree on first look it works and the light direction is clear I feel. In further I must try a different value for sky area and lightest high light. I was a bit timid and decided to leave the high lights white as I did not want them to recede and lose form. In future I must try either sky or leafs a little darker.
I shaded a mottling effect on trunk and some branches which I am pleased with and think works well to indicate light specked through the leafs. Lastly I drew the town in the back ground across the arable fields with light pencil marks to suggested arial perspective.