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This is another view of trees but in a more dense forest than in the previous project. The birch trees here are slender, with contrasting marks on their trunks.
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As the trees are clustered together in this scene, begin by marking on some roughly vertical lines to indicate where some of the trees will stand. Use the B pencil for this. As a guide, and to
keep the composition centred on the paper, also lightly mark on the area that leads into the grass – such an ‘arrow’ will point to the main part of the drawing and subconsciously attract viewers’ eyes.
Squint your eyes to see where the light is coming from and apply shadows consistently across the scene. Use the 5B pencil and make sure some trunks and leaves are much darker than the lightest areas. The grass in the foreground is more apparent and carefully drawn than the overall sense of flowers closer to the tree trunks. The narrower trunks appear much darker than the broader ones, as they are in shadow – behind the lighter trunks and under the canopy of leaves.
This is the same scene but rendered in coloured pencils. Use loose, tight, long and
short marks, plus scribbled- type marks for the leaves and straighter marks for the grass. Also build up contrasting marks on the tree trunks. Intense greens are created through layers, always bearing in mind where the darkest shadows
are. Some of the darkest areas of green were made with dark blue and brown layered over green. No black was used, as this can flatten the look of
a picture. Because coloured pencils can sometimes be a bit too vivid and unnatural for a landscape, I also added some layers of light grey in places. Be patient; this kind of coloured pencil drawing takes time.