P101 Check and Log

  • How many different tree types have you drawn?
  • Silver birch ( 4 studies), ash (single study), holly/laurel (group) with more silver birches in the background and a larger tree, possibly an oak, behind the holly/laurel. Plus bark studies of four trees. Eight.
  • What techniques did you use to distinguish each type,
  • As they were all deciduous trees in winter (with the exception of the holly/laurel) they were distinguished by the tree’s general shape and by how the individual branches and twigs grew. The large tree behind the evergreen in the group study is significantly different from the silver birch trees growing on the far bank.
  • What did you do to convey the mass of foliage?
  • The evergreen in the group study was the only tree with foliage which I tried to show with different greens enhanced by a little charcoal.
  • How did you handle light on the trees?
  • This wasn’t really an issue due to the lack of foliage. With the bare ash tree in the sun I was able to use light and shade to help give form to the trunk and branches.

About notes to the milkman

I'm a printmaker based in the North West of England, living in Bolton and printing at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Please visit my website johnpindararts.weebly.com
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