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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials 8
Tips and techniques 10
Getting started 12
Leaves and seeds: Oak Leaves and Acorn 22
Light and shade: Lombardy Poplars 30
Contrasts in scale: Sequoia 38
Trees in the landscape: Bankside Birches 42
Index 48

About the Author

Denis John-Naylor studied Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth College of Art and Wildlife Painting at Swansea Institute. He is a self-employed consultant and a part-time teacher of watercolour, pencil, acrylic and oil painting in adult education. His hobbies include plein air painting, reading biographies and listening to music.


September 2014

In this slim guide, John-Naylor (How To Draw Flowers & Trees in Simple Steps) demonstrates how to implement various pencil and ballpoint-pen techniques to render trees, leaves, and seeds realistically and in fine detail. After short discussions of materials, basic principles, and getting started, readers can follow the author's step-by-step exercises to produce their own drawings. Tree selections include poplar, oak, sequoia, and birch, with instructions for drawing them from close-up or within wider landscape views. A few of the author's unusual pencil technique tips are included. VERDICT This accessible guide is appropriate for artists of all skill levels.

* Library Journal, USA *

July 2015

The author creates wonderful drawings of trees, leaves and seeds. Here he describes the techniques used such as shaping the pencil end to make the right mark, building up a pattern of lights and darks, sketching in pencil or ballpoint pen, measuring angles and proportions, impressing grooves and lifting out tone with a putty eraser. Four demonstrations show how to use these techniques to create tree drawings, from a detailed study of ask leaves to a huge sequola

* Cake Craft & Decoration *

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