How to Draw 3 Types of Trees | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Drawing Tools and Tips

    • 3. Oak Tree

    • 4. Evergreen Trees

    • 5. Birch Tree

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In this class, you will learn how to draw 3 different types of trees. I will discuss the drawing tools that I use throughout this project. Also, I will explain how to use certain tips and techniques for blending and shading. The 3 types of trees that you will learn to draw are oak, evergreens, and birch. This class will help to build your drawing skills and basic shading for beginners to intermediate. This will be a great addition to any artists portfolio. 

       Drawing Tools

  • Pencils - 2B, 4B
  • Black Charcoal Pencil
  • Blender - (paper stump)
  • White Pencil (optional) 
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Drawing Paper

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

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1. Trailer: Thank you for joining in and for titties. Class. I will be going over how to draw three different types of trees. Right here is the 1st 1 you have. The 2nd 1 right here is a little bit more basic on then. Right here. One again. This one is a birch. So let's jump right in. 2. Drawing Tools and Tips : before I get before I get started here with each individual tree because I will have everything separated. I am going to show a few tips here, and we're gonna go over the tools. So this is your to be, which is a nice lighter lead, then this one Issa's Well, this is just a different brand. But this is still the to be. This one just happens to be the Derwent graphic sketching pants. So something a little bit deeper. This is a four b sounds great for shading. And then, of course, thes are the same here again, they're just two different brands. So we have, like, a deep charcoal. And then this is just the general. This one is Primo just once, actually darker generals with darker Okay. And then, of course, your blender and the white is optional. I didn't really use this because you have to be able to see it on camera. But in person, if you would like to do white touch ups in the end, especially with the birch tree, this is optional, okay, and your kneaded eraser, there's everything to get started and C back to the first tree here when we get to the leaves and such. You can leave the tree more of like a winter style with no leaves whatsoever. Or it can be really confusing to dry each and every single leaf. So I will demonstrate just like this how you could use your paper stump and just create little shadow shapes here and there around all the branches that we will drop. And this definitely will save you some time. And it still creates like a wonderful, interesting look to your tree. So and again you can go a little bit deeper or depending how much you have. You may have to clean enough on a separate board and then come back so it's lighter and you could blend through. And for the 2nd 1 going to all three trees were going to start off with the two week. A sense could be your lightest let and demonstrate how could start off with a simple line. And this tree is that upwards three inches air gonna go up at an angle like that, But another tip. It's gonna be very easy to rock here your pencil here, like on the side and come out and again you can practice on a scrap. She which is what I always to and remember that they have to be all different, all different sizes there. You don't want it all the same. So back and forth, back and forth and again with your pressure, like you could impress. And then, of course, the harder you press, the darker it's going to be. And then you could lighten up as you go along. And the last tree here, the birch one. We're using the same technique up top again. You can leave it there if you would like to. And the the bottom here in the trunk is a bit different because with the birch show here, after you get everything drawn and then you can use the deep charcoal for your knots, you're not somewhere. Maybe a little branch fell off here and there. This looks like little black on my strifes. And again, I always use that like the side of the pencils. Easier is like a rocking motion back and forth. You can come the other way again. You complete with that on me? A scrap she And then, of course, we use the blender and blend everything out and then create like a little bit of a gray shadow in certain areas. But remember, with the birds, you want to leave a lot of white because the trees are white. And if you maybe, if you got a little bit too dark, you could go in and try to touch up with a little bit of the bright white, like I said is optional. But I know you're probably not gonna be able to see that through the video, but in person, you certainly can, especially if you made a little mistake and you want to try to go over a little bit of that , so brighten up. So let's jump right into the first treat and we'll get started. 3. Oak Tree: you. 4. Evergreen Trees: - no and one. 5. Birch Tree: thank you so much for joining in and be sure to check out my other classes. I have a couple more illustration classes, and I also do watercolor and acrylic paints.