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Friday, April 8, 2011

Drawing a Picture of a Tree Stump a Skill Builder For a Young Artist.

This free printable how to draw worksheet will help give the young artist confidence in drawing. If you can scribble you can sketch this picture. It uses few techniques and is a simple composition with the point of interest centered.

Free how to draw a tree stump worksheet
The first line of every nature drawing should be the horizon. In this picture it is above the center about 70% above the bottom of the page, (or 1/3 down from the top). Use a hard light pencil and draw it with a tight scribble line, like a bunch of bushes or tree tops far away. The point of interest, the tree trunk, is centered in the foreground. It begins with a basic cylinder shape. To draw the roots sketch lightly a bunch of irregular circles across the bottom of the cylinder shape. Draw a few lines to turn the circles into rough rounded triangles for the roots. Draw them longer out from the sides but short and stubby in the middle.

Don't overdraw the trunk at this point; move on to the other features of the picture, so you draw the picture as a whole. Use the same squiggly line and draw the simple silhouette of the bushes and the underside of the trees. Use sharp jagged lines to draw the tree trunks. Use short vertical lines to draw the grass.

The grass in the distance is shortest and in long rows the grass in the foreground is longest and is clumped in groups this makes it interesting.

Shade in the tree trunk using a soft dark pencil on the shadow; use the side of the pencil with short choppy lines going up and down the trunk. Use the point of a hard light pencil to texture the sunny side. Make the shading increase to the dark side of the trunk. Do the same for the trees in the back ground but keep it simpler and use only a hard pencil so it stays lighter.

Don't forget the branch that is growing out of the root on the side of the trunk, this tells the story of the tree. Shade tree leaves darkest at the top and lightest toward the opening this gives the effect of distance. Shade in the bushes under the tree with a light pencil. Use a blending sick to smooth out the pencil shading.

This will be a very inspiring picture when you are done.

(c)Adron Dozat

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