Nature -> Tree trunks

Hi there!
Here we are to examine different types of tree trunks’ texture, I believe it will help you in case of working on a big scale of tree drawing to draw the trunk in an organic and realistic way.

Some of those trees have thin and tall, some short and thick trunks; some have big leaves some tiny like needles all year green; some almost naked, some bushy; palm trees, pines, cherry blossoms, oaks and so on.

Tree characters in movies… I saw in the trailer of ‘A Monster Calls‘ ; watched treebeard in LOTR; that one in the movie called ‘The Fountain‘, tree as life sources etc. etc.

Well, these things and some biological facts I knew about trees before, now stepping into a tree topic on Wikipedia; and now I feel like I have faced something a lot -more like many fascinating trees around the world I have never seen before; Forest Swastika in Germany –such a scary fact that creating memorial with trees for Hitler– and so on.

a dont doHere I start with a ‘don’t do‘.
Well, what is about this ‘don’t do‘ is that arches are drawn too strong and the drawing doesn’t look natural. Probably you’d want to have an organic look like I do.

That kind of tree trunk has horizonal lines like imaginary parallels in geography, but they are not that one strong line which goes all the way.

tree trunk 3

The same trunk, I have worked on it again. Those lines are parallel to each other but when you look at them from above or below you see them turning into arches (step2).

In the first step I decided to start with vertical slits which are not perfectly vertical lines.

In the second step you can see navy guidelines and the way that horizonal lines consist of many lines up and down and opened rectangles; some above the guideline some below.

In the third step you can almost see the traces of pencil in archy way. In this step is a reminder that those areas between organic paralles are not flat, they have some slits and up and down, a little amorphous habit; I mean some details. Those details are without rule of course.

Um, by the way I hid a tiny star somewhere on the drawing above 😀

tree trunk 2

This example is more like vertical parts overlaping over each other. I started in the same way like before with slits with a 2.0 black marker. In the second step I kept adding less deeper slits with 0.8 black pen.

In the third step I added thin short lines in the x axis’ direction (or let’s say horizonal lines) with 0.4 black pen.

The last step is with 0.05 black pen for more details. Draw those details more or less equal to each part, unless there is a characteristic effect on a side of the trunk.

tree trunk 4

That is like rectangles gathered in a way like in puzzle. I did the first step with a 2.0 black marker for deep slits. Then added some thinner extra lines -with a 0.4 pen- around those thich black parts; because of the habit of slits which are not perfect cuts by a machine; sections of those slits are different from each other; some deeper, all in different shapes. They are like hills or mountains in a very small scale.

The next step is putting some feature, texture, to show those areas are not flat. I used 0.05 black pen in here.

palm tree trunk 2

I think palm tree is my favorite tree of all. There are many types of their trunks. I chose one of them; others are easier to draw I tought.

I drew the first step with a 0.1 black pen. In my previous trial I did it with 0.4 tip and decided it looked too thick.

palm tree trunk drawing stepsIn here I realised each part all together is like steps from left-up to right down, and vice versa. Also you can think of seats at the cinema.

In this step I left some empty areas -the biggest of them is at the left down part- in order to add some blades; old leaves; fibres or whatever you call them.

Second step is about slits and some details to have that organic view. All of those dots and cyclic and short straight lines are to show that those surfaces have some ups and downs and are not flat surfaces. I skipped to 0.05 tip black pen.

I also darkened some corners.

Third step is adding blades/old leaves/fibres which are coming from corners. Don’t draw those parts as straight lines; they have some curves and some movement by the wind.

I couldn’t help doing this on Photoshop 😀 it is like it has many eyes, mama told me it could have been fish as well.

the eye society sp

‘They were following me,
They were following everyone.
They had visions of me.”

Yeah, in the end 4 examples all together in here:

tree trunk textures

Take your time and while practicing don’t try to do exactly the same, free your hand. If you worked in another trunk texture, I would like to see it ^^

I think I might show you some tree drawings drawn in a way from architecture projects in the next post.
Wait for the next tree post :p

Keep in touch! ^^

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