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Drawing Trees

Post by edfrank » Sat May 14, 2011 8:31 am

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Drawing Trees by Stanley Maltzman
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Chances are you'll never see a lovelier book on drawing trees! Filled with Stanley Maltzman's charming art, Drawing Trees Step by Step shows you how to capture the beauty of a mighty oak, the stately elegance of a black walnut tree, untamed clusters of conifers ... any tree that inspires you with its character and grace. Step closer and learn how to draw knotholes, mushrooms, spider webs, and other delightful details. All you need to get started is a pencil, a sketchbook and a favorite tree!

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Drawing Nature [Paperback]
Stanley Maltzman (Author)
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How to capture nature in expressive sketches and drawings. Starting with instruction on basic drawing methods Maltzman shows how to develop drawing ability. The techniques of circular shading, angular build-up, cross-hatching and blending are demonstrated to draw trees, clouds, water and rural scenes.
Customer Review: This book gives the artist a special perspective from which to view and draw nature. Stanley Maltzman focuses on the basics of different seasons, weather, water, rocks, etc., but also takes the reader into specific shapes and characteristics of individual elements. For example, he shows you the differences between drawing an oak and a maple tree. This is the strength of the book over other landscape drawing books. There are demonstrations and samples on almost every page in a variety of mediums. He even shows the student how to mock up a natural setting in the studio for practice. Having taken a class from this author, I can easily say it is like having him explain the material in person!

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Drawing Trees (Step-by-Step Leisure Arts) [Paperback]
Denis Naylor (Author)
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Beginners are guided through the fundamentals of detailed observation, use of materials and elementary tips whilst more advanced artists will be inspired by sophisticated techniques, superb demonstrations and invaluable advice. Projects include poplar trees, leaves, seeds and fruits and reflections. An essential addition to any artist's library, this superb book will delight specialists and beginners alike.

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Drawing Trees [Paperback] 48 pp.
Victor Perard (Author)
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This concise guide for artists at every level features easy-to-follow steps for realistic depictions of trees. Its shading techniques, composition, shadow and light methods, and outlining approaches help artists recapture dozens of varieties with vitality and expression. Over 100 illustrations spotlight Oak, Willow, Pine, Palmetto, and other species.

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Drawing: Trees with William F. Powell (HT259) [Paperback]
William F. Powell (Author)
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In this book, William F. Powell invites you into his artistic world as he shows you how to render a variety of beautiful trees in pencil. The author explains a number of basic drawing techniques before exploring basic tree shapes and leaf types. As you learn how to draw branches, bark, and ground foliage, step by step, youÆll also discover important tips about shading, creating textures, setting up compositions, and applying perspectiveùhelping you develop your own tree drawings to their fullest potential. Helpful examples and essential information make this comprehensive guide a valuable addition to any artistÆs drawing library!

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Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures [Paperback]
Cathy Johnson (Author)
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Based on her own 40 years' experience in keeping an artist's journal, Cathy Johnson knows that an artist's creative life can benefit from written and visual explanations and experiments. Over the course of this book, you will benefit from the tips, techniques and exercises that will make your artist's journals your own. You will also discover how to use your journal to celebrate any occasion or milestone, work through a problem or creative block, plan future works, sketch from life and experiment with new materials or techniques. With 24 contributors from around the world there is a variety of styles and perspectives throughout the book, and with 15+ exercises you will learn to personalize your journal in a variety of ways.
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Re: Drawing Trees

Post by michael gatonska » Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:26 pm

Ed,
This is a great post and for me an eye-opener - I draw from time to time, and I had no idea that there were tips for arts journals such as these. I have always believed that drawing without the help of books and teachers can (through hard work) help to fortify an an individual voice. However, these artists had the same mindset; very encouraging - and inspirational. Michael
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Re: Drawing Trees

Post by edfrank » Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:41 pm

Michael,

It is interesting that you responded to this post and just exactly this time. I posted it in May 2011 when I had become fascinated with the idea of art journals, nature journals, and scrapbooks. I had in the past when much younger put together books - scrapbooks of clippings and artifacts from trips I had made. I glued and stapled them into book sized journals. The idea had again began to interest me and I gathered an entire satchel of art supplies to take with me to do art and journaling in the woods. Sadly for all, family difficulties took precedence and I never started that project. Yesterday I took a friends granddaughter to Cook Forest as I had been promising her for some time. I bought two composition books to take with us and we started collecting advertising pamphlets, park guidebooks, and leaflets to start our new journals. So the day I gather materials to start a journaling project after a hiatus of over three years, is the day you comment on this old post.

Ed Frank
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Re: Drawing Trees

Post by Erik Danielsen » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:07 pm

Perhaps if there are enough interested we could form a little "nature journaling club" here; I just started one in the last week as well. I've been neglecting my drawing for a long time and it shows. If I might add another resource in the vein of the OP, this PDF is part of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute's Natural History Atlas of my region (close to yours too, Ed) which has been republished online in four parts; the first has a nice section on nature journaling/drawing. The PDF is available here: http://rtpi.org/conservation/naturalhistoryatlas/

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Re: Drawing Trees

Post by edfrank » Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:48 pm

Erik,

It sounds like a worthwhile idea to me. My journal will not be a traditional "Nature Journal" as it will be a combination art journal, nature journal, scrap book, and writing journal. But that is the way they should be - created in what ever inspires you at the moment.

Ed
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Re: Drawing Trees

Post by michael gatonska » Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:24 pm

Ed,
I am glad that you have found your way back into journaling, and that it was through your friends granddaughter. I sincerely hope that you and your young colleague can continue to expand your composition journals!
For some reason I got into doing it many years ago when I was looking for 'sounds' inspiration to use to create music with. It seemed like a perfect investigative fit to help in my methods to catalogue and create music from, but I was not sure how to harness or use my observations. I still struggle with how to use my journal notes to this day (and it may be) a naive approach - yet I continue to take notes on things that spark an interest on my walks through the woods, and it provides me with a sense of individuality and pathway to self identity.

Ed and Erik,
"My journal will not be a traditional "Nature Journal" as it will be a combination art journal, nature journal, scrap book, and writing journal. But that is the way they should be - created in what ever inspires you at the moment."

To follow up on Ed's statement, I totally concur. My journals are a mish-mash of music notes and sketches combined with my nature notes - all in a attempt to push towards a synthesis or a personal style that integrates my passions. This photo is a page from my journal - and I am happy to be a part of a journaling group;
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