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willow tree

Today's return to landscape sketching. Wow, I feel so out of practice drawing trees! (Click here for some earlier work for my landscape drawing project.) I've never drawn a willow tree for more than a few minutes (this took an hour) and I really don't like this picture. I was trying to capture the feeling of the droopy leaves and the rough bark, but I haven't figured out the best way to make marks that give a sense of what's in front of me without either going into too much detail or skipping over the important things.



Note to self: must keep practicing. That's the thing with drawing, it's almost all totally down to trying it over and over again and taking time to stop and look, not due to any sort of innate skill. I'll try to keep posting sketches, even the ones I don't like, just so you can see that even professional illustrators don't constantly turn out stuff they're pleased with. (Or if they do, it means they're not pushing themselves.) I know some people would advise me only to show you the polished stuff and hide the rest, so let me know if you like me showing you the scrappy bits. (*blush*)

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crazycrone
May. 6th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Personally, I often find the scrappy bits are the most interesting.
I quite like today's drawing, as well. I think you've caught a nice moody quality, there.
jabberworks
May. 6th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, Lee!

I think the moodiness is due to my drawing hand smudging the pencil in the righthand side of the paper. But it kind of works. :)
libbi
May. 8th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Agreed. 'Scrappy' art shows the proces so to me it's more interesting - it shows how the artist experiments and enjoys what they do.
jabberworks
May. 8th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yay, glad you find it worthwhile. I get a bit shy with these sketches but I'm trying to push through with it. :)
(Anonymous)
May. 8th, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
Very cool drawing, captured the bark perfectly and immediately recognisable. Not sure I'd have the patience to spend an hour on drawing a tree and I don't think it would be as good as this if I did.
jabberworks
May. 8th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Funny, just as I was getting a bit het up about the picture not working, a guy walked by and said, 'that must be so relaxing'. I guess it is relaxing, overall, but he caught me just as I was feeling super annoyed.
(Anonymous)
May. 25th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
humpin
looks like the tree on the right is bending over the tree on the left, ready to assert his role of king of the forest!!!!
jabberworks
May. 25th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Re: humpin
Heh.
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