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Live Encore: Drawing Stunning & Stylized Trees

teacher avatar Sarah Holliday, Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting Started

    • 3. Sketching Lines & Branches

    • 4. Sketching Trunks & Roots

    • 5. Drawing Foliage

    • 6. Drawing Trunks & Branches

    • 7. Finishing Touches

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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Looking for a low-pressure subject for your next drawing project? Branch out into the wonderful world of abstract trees!

As an illustrator known for her quirky characters, whimsical scenes, and vibrant color palettes, Sarah Holliday believes drawing should be fun, freeing, and playful. In this Skillshare Live, recorded on Zoom and featuring participation from the Skillshare community, Sarah shares one of her favorite subjects for creative exploration: the tree. As a familiar subject for artists young and old, the tree provides a perfect opportunity to express your personality and play with stylization, no arboreal knowledge required. 

Sarah’s step-by-step project covers:

  • Drawing roots, branches, trunks, and foliage
  • Experimenting with lines, shapes, and layers
  • Achieving variation through addition and subtraction
  • Creating interest through imperfection

In just under 45 minutes, Sarah lays out all the basics of structure, and demonstrates her go-to tips and techniques for creating abstraction. By the end, you’ll have a fantastical forest that’s packed with personality, plus a new set of tools ready to apply to any subject moving forward. All you need to follow along is your drawing setup of choice, either digital (Sarah recommends Procreate) or analog. So grab your stylus, pen, or paintbrush, and get drawing!

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I’m Sarah, an illustrator based in Scotland. My work celebrates nature, imagination and magical moments, aiming to spark a sense of wonder and whimsy in the viewer. I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a BDes (honours) in Animation in 2016, and have been freelancing since 2019.

Empowering other creatives to develop their illustration skills is a big part of my work. I love sharing what I've learned with the Skillshare community and helping my students to develop their creative practice.


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1. Introduction: I think trees are a great subject to allow us to play around with stylization. Because as long as you stick to the general structure, you can abstract and experiment with loads of different styles and shapes to come up with really interesting and unique designs. Hi everyone. I'm Sarah Holiday and I'm an illustrator from Scotland. In my work, I love to use a lot of color and texture to create really whimsical looking scenes and characters. I love to get outdoors as much as possible and explore the world around me. Nature plays a big role in inspiring my work. So today's live class is all about drawing trees and is going to focus mainly on stylizing our drawings using line and shape. To begin with, we'll be looking at some common tree shapes and general structures that we can use to inspire our designs. And then we'll move on to sketching various different parts of the tree using different lines, styles. And finally, we'll be drawing with shape, line, and detail to create a series of illustrating trees. Please feel free to follow along with me in drawing with Procreate. Or you can also use whatever you have handy to draw with, like a pencil and paper. I hope that by the end of this class, you'll have more confidence in illustrating and stylizing trees and will have picked up a few fun techniques for experimenting with shapes and line in your designs. This class was recorded with participation from the Skillshare community and I got to interact with the audience as I was drawing. So if you're ready to get started, then I'll see you in class. 2. Getting Started: Welcome to this live class with Sarah Holiday. My name is Jen Hutton. I work at Skillshare on the community team and my pronouns are she, her and hers. I am so thrilled to be hosting this live class today with Sarah and excited that all of you are joining us today. I would like to introduce Sara. Sara, do you wanna introduce yourself and tell the folks here a little bit more about what you do. Yeah, of course. So yeah, I'm Sarah Holiday and I'm an illustrator from Scotland. And in my work I love to use a lot of color and texture to create really whimsical lucky the scenes and characters. And my spare time I like to go outdoors a lot and explore nature. And so that inspires a lot of my work as well. And that's kind of what inspired the theme for this class where we're going to be drawing trees. In the session, we're just going to be illustrating trees with a focus on shapes and stylization. And I've divided the class into three parts. So to begin with, I'll walk you through some commentary shapes. So just give you a primer on the different types of shapes that we might see in nature. This is, this will also help inspire our drawings later on when it comes to stylizing our shapes. So then we're going to move on to our first sketching exercise, where we will sketch some various different parts of the trees using different styles of lines to inspire our drawings. And then in the last part of the class, we'll be playing with shape, line, and detail to create a series of Illustrator treats. You can follow along with me using Procreate on your iPad. Or you can also use whatever you have handy like a pencil and paper. Or if you just want to watch me drawing and absorb the information, then that's absolutely fine as well. So yeah, that's great. Thank you so much. Do you want to start with the first part of the work? Yes. So when we think of drawing a tree, there's kind of a general structure that we can follow that most stories have in common, like a thick wooded area which forms the trunk, which then divides into branches in some fashion. And then sometimes you'll see some roots at the bottom of the tree as well as you can see, I've prepared this sheet of various commentary shapes just to give you an example of some of the common shapes that you may see in nature. And obviously, even within each of these groupings, there can be a lot of variation. But this is really just to show you that there isn't one way to draw a tree. And it's helpful to have a rough idea of some of the basic shapes as a starting point. And then you can kind of abstract and diversify your shapes from there to create a bit more interesting and unique designs. This is not an exhaustive list of three shapes, but it's a good starting point that we can use just to kind of group these structures. So that when you're thinking of stylizing your shapes, you can pick one of these and then take it further and abstract it. Or you can take up totally random shape and make a tree out of it. So if we break these shapes down even further, and I'll just lower the opacity. So you can see that a bit better. You can see that with this round tree, that's your fault tree that you might draw as a child. It's very basic, but very effective and recognizable as a tree. You have. The more spreading shapes which are with the foliage, more spread out across the top of the tree where the branches makes a bit more to the sides. And then your oval shape and then columnar. Just colin CHE, clinical like a cone, a fast is, the foliage is narrower at the bottom and then spreads out towards the top. Weeping shape, I kinda like to think as a dripping ice cream or chocolate fondue or something with all the leaves can dripping down. And the branches kind of dripping with the weight of the leaves. And then open is when you have kind of a little clusters of foliage spread out in various parts of the tree. And you can see the branch is kind of peering through between those groupings. And then your pyramid shape is quite common to see in your conifers and your pines and spruces. And you'll see them more in the colder climates. Then your fountain shape is more for palm trees and tree ferns. Within different species, there might be more common shapes that you'll see. But even within species of tree, there might be a general structure, but there can still be so much variation and abstraction that you can do. So I'll reference back to this when it comes to making our final piece. But that's just to give you a good overview and show you all the different variation that you might find in trees. 3. Sketching Lines & Branches: Let's go back to the gallery and let's start on our first exercise. Now. I'm just going to start a new canvas by pressing the plus button on Procreate. And then I will choose an A4 sized canvas. But it doesn't really matter what size you choose. Just as long as you have something to draw on, we're going to be sketching. So I'm going to Use the Darwin pencil for sketching with, but it's up to you, whatever you like to sketch with. This exercise, we're going to be splitting the page into four sections so that we can draw lines and branches, trunks and roots, and play around with different variations of those. So let's just start by drawing a horizontal line to split the page in half horizontally. And then we can split that half again until we have four sections. And then I'm just going to label these sections lines, branches, trunk. For our lines. We are basically just going to kind of go with the flow and not think too hard about it and let our hand on the page and come up with different variations of lines. We can start off with maybe some just simple carbs, some really scribbly, messy ones. Straight lungs, zigzaggy, go crazy and see what your hand wants to do and you don't need to think too hard about it. And this is also just a good warm up because it's low pressure and it just gets our hand moving so we can do some squiggly types things, currently, weird things, or some relief flowing lines, or maybe some more star-shaped planes. So just fill rule with random lines. There. Is this a warm-up exercise you do often in your practice? Yeah. But not as structured as usually before I started drawing, I like to just make some scribbles and doodles and kind of get all of the scribbly mess out of me before you work on something of that nature. But I think it's also kind of a good starting point to lead us into the next exercise. So let's start with something simple. If you want inspiration for these branches, you can look at the lines that you've drawn above. I like to start with one main line to create the main branch. And then I will draw secondary branches coming off that main branch at randomized places. I like to keep the lines kind of similar. So I'll use the same kind of curving shape language that I've used on the main branch just to keep everything cohesive. And then once you've drawn your secondary branches, you can draw some tertiary branches coming off those. You can just keep building it up by adding lines onto those other branches until you have something that looks like a branch. And you can add as many of these honors you want. I like to keep it fairly simple and not overwhelm the drawing many lines. But that's just me and you can play about with it and see what you like to do. Another thing I like to do is kind of thick in the main branch just to add a bit more interests. And also shows you the kind of growth pattern of the branch here. So I've taken those secondary branches. The main branch is going to be the thickest and then the secondary branches are slightly thinner and then they get thinner and thinner as the branch branches outwards. We can basically do the same thing, but using different styles of lines. Now, I might want to make one that's got jaggedy lines in it. So that's my main branch. And then I will draw some secondary branches that have that same line style to them. And again, I'm working in that same way by drawing the main branch and then the secondary branches and then the tertiary branches and so on. So it creates that kind of fractal effect. And you can see that it's very stylized. I mean, you're not probably not going to see branches that look like this in real life. But it allows you to add a bit of a different personality to your drawings. If you can use different styles of lines, like maybe a flowing lines will give you a very different field to something that's kind of geometric looking or really currently looking for can basically just fill up the rule with different styles of these branches. Let's do currently one next. I just have a comment. It's really interesting to me because I know the focus of our workshop today is drawing stylized trees. But you're basically showing us this kind of foundational structure for using lines and assembling them together to make these branches with a thicker stem in the middle. And then people can do whatever they want to. It's still a very tree-like. Yeah, that's why it's quite fun because there's so much that you can play with even though, like as long as you stick to that basic structure, there's just so much that you can experiment with your lives. So the options are endless. I think that's what's so fun about trees is that they're super easy to like once you know the basic structure, it's easy to kind of take that and abstract it and put your own personality into it, which can be really fun. So basically don't feel or don't get hung up on what we see in nature are having to copy exactly what's in nature. Let's yeah. Exactly. Okay. I think we have room for one more branch. What am I going to do? Maybe let's try something quite straight, bunched up. And hopefully you're experimenting with your own lines and seeing what you can do with them. But I mean, if you want to follow along with what I'm doing and just copy what I'm doing. That's perfectly fine as well. But it is really fun to try and put your own spin on it. Just see what works. And if something ends up not working, it's not the end of the world. That's why we're doing this, just to experiment and try things out. Another thing that can be quite fun is if you can make, create a shape with the branches by rubbing out certain areas so I can make kind of a you can see there's kind of a semicircle shape that, that's following. But that's something that I think is easier to do after you've drawn the whole branch rather than planning out your branches to follow along a shape. Cool. So if we're ready, I can move on to the chunks now. 4. Sketching Trunks & Roots: Usually when you think of a trunk of a tree, you just think of this like straight mass of wood growing upwards and generally with tree trunks, that is what they're trying to do. They're trying to just grow upwards and outwards to reach, to gather as much light as they can. Compete with the other trees that are around them. But in nature, if you look at trunks, you'll see that actually there are some, there's so much variation. You'll see some trunks that are kinda leaning and some that are really noted and gnarly, especially in older trees, I've had time to grow into weird positions. And a lot of chunks will be split up into various sections quite early on, or they might fork in the middle. So here we're just going to draw a few trunks and I'm just going to shade in just with this hatching method, just to show you the area of the trunk instead of just showing two lines. But you don't need to shade it in. That's just to make it a bit more clear on the screen, we can just try drawing weird shapes. So Sarah, Just to clarify, what you're saying is you're just focusing on the shape and the silhouette of the trunk and not really the texture. Yeah, I've just shifted it and with those lines just show you where the bulk of the trunk is. But that's not, that's not a texture and thing that's just for this exercise. Got em. So don't worry about that. And you might have some that kind of split apart into lots of various branches like this. Or they might, for x. So yeah, they might twist in weird ways. There's no set rule for this. You can just play around with forking shapes, twisting shapes, leading shapes. You might see trees that have fallen over, but there's still growing and things have started to grow. Decide, which can look quite cool. Again, these are only a few examples, but there's just so much that you can play with with regards to the shape of the trunk. There any questions about that? No questions, but just some really appreciative comments. Maybe I'll share with you. I appreciate you breaking this down for me. It's giving me a solid foundation to start my trees when normally I never know where to start. So usually avoid drawing them. That's a common sentiment. Like sometimes it's like we get nervous about how to start something. So it's great to get this. Breaking it down to these various foundational parts. That's a good trick for weather. Whatever you're trying to draw is just tried to break it down into sections and don't try to tackle the whole thing at once. Just try to tackle bit by bit and then you can piece it all together once you're competent at each individual thing. So it just makes the whole process less scary when you can just kind of break it down into bite-sized sections. Let's move on to roots. When I draw, I like to keep it quite simple. I'll show you how I commonly draw them. So I usually like to just do this kind of three pointed star thing. But another thing you can do is you don't actually have to draw the roots. You can just have the tree kind of coming out of the ground with the ground kind of covering the trunk because you don't always see the roots coming out. It's usually only where the earth is kinda been eroded around the tree or maybe the tree is quite old and the roots have grown up over time, especially in young trees, you don't tend to see as much of the risks. But if you want to make the roots quite a prominent feature that can be quite nice, especially in old trees. So you can use, again, that wiggly styles of lines. So if you think about that kind of three-point star method, and we're just building on that by blowing it up, adding some wiggly lines instead of straight ones. And if you, depending on how much detail you want to add or how much attention you want to draw to the roots. You can also add some little shoots coming off the roots because they kind of work in the same way as the branches with the kind of bigger roots and then the smaller ones that grow off that in that kind of fractal effect. Then we can also curve the bottom of the tree and kinda show them starting to grow up from the ground. But we don't have to draw in much detail. Or we can draw some kind of banana-shaped. And again, if you want to add more than three roots, I quite like drawing three because it's, I think it looks quite nice, but you can add as many rows as you want depending on how you want your tree to look to something that you can just play around with and have fun with it, see what you can come up with. 5. Drawing Foliage: Now we are going to start our final piece where we're going to be illustrating our series of stylize trees. I'm going to start a new canvas and I'm going to choose an A4 canvas again. And I'm going to change my brush to this mercury brush, which you can find in the inking folder in Procreate. Just because we're going to be just going straight in with drawing some shapes. We're not going to be bothering with sketching for this piece. So what we're going to be doing is first of all, drawing the foliage. So we're just going to be drawing random shapes to create the fourier edge. And then we're going to be drawing our wooded area, the trunk and the branches on top. And then we're going to be going in with details. First of all, take a look back at our tree shapes. I'm going to draw six different trees for my piece, but you can draw more or less whatever you feel up to today. I'm just going to get a bit of inspiration from here. I think I'm going to draw an open style of tree, maybe a pyramid, fountain and weeping. And then I think I will go crazy for the other two and see what I feel like. So let's go back to our canvas. Sarah, Is it okay if they choose a shape that may not be on your list? Yeah, Of course. Yeah, Yeah. Yeah. I would encourage you to just draw what you feel like that she is just for inspiration, just to show you some starting points. But obviously, you can take those as a starting point. So I'm going to use the open style as a starting point, but I'm not going to do it in the same style as was on the sheet. I'm going to do in my own way. But just taking the general idea of in clusters, I'm going to just choose a random color and I screen for foliage. And then we're just going to start drawing shapes. Let's just draw any shape that we want. Let's not think about trees for a second. Let's just draw a blob. So what I'm gonna do is just kind of let my hand flew over the page and draw this weird blob. So I've drawn the outline of this shape and now I can just drop in that color to fill that whole outline. And then what you can do is just go in and smooth out the shape. But if you want, and you can also use the eraser tool. So if I hold down on the eraser tool and I'll be able to raise with the current brush and then you can chip away at your shape. And I really have no idea what I want this shape to look like, but I'm just chipping away until I like what it looks like. So it just kind of let yourself be a bit free and don't worry about the final outcome right now, just start drawing shapes and see what you can come up with. And the weirder the shape, the more interesting your tree will look. So just have fun with that. Quite like that shape that couldn't make an interesting tree. And it doesn't really match any of the common tree shapes that I showed you. But that's fine. Because we want to just be able to do what we want and go crazy. Let's try. I'm going to try drawing a cluster of trees. Now. I'm just drawing straight on this time. Instead of filling the shapes because it's a bit quicker. I'm just drawing little blobs of various sizes and a kind of general cluster. And then I can chip away with the eraser tool quite like those shapes. And then I'm going to try drawing a more pyramid shape. So I'm going to draw this triangle just as my base. And then I'm going to just add a bit more interests to the silhouette here by adding in some metal layers of branches coming out to this side. Then I'm going to chip away with the razor tool again. Kind of creating a nice little layered effect at the bottom of the tree just to add more interests there. You can see that I started with that triangle, triangular shape and just belt on it to create something a bit more interesting. But equally, if you want to keep your shapes really simple and just do really geometric shapes that can also look quite cool. So play around with that if you want. Let's try a fountain shape. So I'm just it kind of drawing little spiky bits from 1 on the canvas. I'm making them can drip down more at the top. The top they can go upwards and then drip down. Just kind of editing these shapes a bit to make the silhouette look more interesting. And then let's try weeping. So here I'm just kind of thinking about dribbling, dribbling paint or something. So I'm just drawing blocks. It's quite fun too. Play with shapes in this way and think about your foliage as being one mass rather than lots of individual leaves. Because that way we can come up with much more interesting silhouettes overall. Rather than if we started with each individual leaf. And I think we'd be there for a very long time. And it would be very painful. And don't worry if your shapes are looking a bit weird. Just move on to the next one if you're getting frustrated because we have a few a few more attempts to the tree looking nice. If you mess up one or two, don't worry about it. You can always get a new sheet of paper. Yeah, exactly. An infinite number, number of paper on the beauty of digital art. These are looking great. Thank you. Quite pleased with these. And what we're gonna do for the last one. I think another random shape, maybe something a bit. Because I really like these kind of smooth shapes. It's going to be a bit asymmetrical. Let's just add another a couple of blobs just for fun. Okay. 6. Drawing Trunks & Branches: Hopefully you have some blobs and shapes for your foliage. And now we can start a new layer and draw on the trunk and the branches. So I'm going to just select a darker color for the root. And I'm going to lower my brush size a little bit. And I'm going to start with the easier ones. So I'm just adding a tiny bit of trunk to this tree. Again using the eraser tool to rubber anything that is a bit messy. This palm tree just needs a straight trunk as well. So you'll see that if you look at trees and pine trees, they both generally have quite long and straight trunk. Compared to the more deciduous trees, which are more likely to have trunks and branches that bend in weird ways. This one will have weight straight trunk as well. And then we're going to draw some of the branches Kindle bending over. And we're going to keep these quite simple. If you draw a line and you don't like it, you can just tap with two fingers to undo and then draw again as many times as you like, which is quite handy because sometimes when you draw a line It's not as smooth as you would quite like this, this one. I'm not going to start the trunk in the middle of the tree. I'm actually going to have this one kind of leaning over to the side. Actually, I'm going to start by drawing one main line up through the tree and then we'll stick it out the branches after on this tree, I'm drawing the branches in front of the foliage, which you see I quite like to do in my work just as a stylistic choice. But if you would prefer to have some of the foliage covering the branches or a bit of books. Having some branches can disappear and then come out from behind the tree. And at various points. That's also something that can look really good and it's quite fun to play with as well. So you can have a play around with lots of different ways of drawing the branches are not doing the branches. We can remembering, if you want that you can play with different styles of lines when you're drawing your branches. I'm going to add a little group. They're just carve out these roots. When I'm drawing the branches, I do like to keep it quite simple and not overwhelm the tree with too many branches. But while I'm building it up, I'll take a step back and look at it again and see if there's any gaps that I could fill that would look quite nice. We also have these little blobs I've drawn that will need to attach some branches to, otherwise, they're just going to be floating there. And you'll also want your branches to line up with the foliage so that it looks believable that the branches are holding up these bits of foliage. I'm actually going to just use the selection tool and move these two alphabets so that I can draw in the trunk. I've got more space to draw them in. So I'm going to make those branches are bit more curly. Make this one kind of curvy to match the kind of curving shapes that I have drawn in that foliage shape. And then just thickening out the trunk. Let's, let's draw some curve, curly, wavy root of this tree. So in this piece you can just play about with different techniques on each tree and just really use it to experiment and come up with diverse looking trees. You can see with this tree that I have drawn some branches in front of the foliage, but some others behind this foliage in front. And that just gives more of an impression of some layering and depth to this tree, which I think is quite a nice effect. You can imagine that these branches are going behind that tree. Then I'll just draw in a few more branches just too balanced each side. Yeah, I'm pretty happy with these. We've got quite a diverse range of different types of trees. And you can see that I took some inspiration from those commentary shapes that I showed you at the beginning, but I also can build upon that and did my own thing. And so, yeah, hopefully you have done the same and have come up with some interesting shapes. 7. Finishing Touches: What I'm going to do now is just select both layers. Just by swiping right on one of my other layers. And I'm going to use the selection tool to just even out the whole piece. Just to space everything out nicely. And before we add details and finish the piece. So what I'm going to do now is add new layer. I'm going to choose a color that's a bit darker than my foliage color. Then what we're gonna do is just add in some really simple details just to give our piece a bit more interest and texture in, but we're not going to spend too long on these details. They don't have to be anything crazy. Like I'm just putting in some dots. Just gives the piece a little bit more interests while keeping that simplified, stylized look. And then on the sweeping tree I'm going to add some veins, shapes dripping down. Very simplified and just randomly placed just to give the impression of what these leaf shapes might look like. But we're not, we're not going to put in too many details. And we can even add little lines, Sarah, Sarah strategy here. So these details can sit either on the full foiling or float off them a little bit. Yeah. Yeah. I think it's quite nice. If you can get a balance between and having some of these shapes can have overlapping the original silhouette. And I don't tend to have too many like floating outside. But I quite like when they overlap because I think it just gives the overall silhouette of the shape. If you think of it in terms of just the outline, it just gives it that tiny bit more interest when you're looking at it. But if you want to keep it within the shape, that's totally fine too. Like I have these two trees here and I also quite like, like it when it overlaps the boundaries because it gives a bit more interests and kind of imperfection to your trees, which I think is really nice if you can show a few imperfections within your drawing. Because it just makes it seem a bit more handmade and gives it more personal touch. My opinion. Sometimes also like to draw some little flower shapes and allowed in some little dots. Again as well. Because we love dots. I want to echo a comment from Gabrielle in the chat who writes. Those details are so simple and yet adds so much. I never would have thought to do this. They really do a lot. Yeah, to the syllabus, just such a simple technique. That's basically it for the details. And one last thing, we want to add some details in the bark as well. So I'm going to add a new layer and I'm going to create a clipping mask above my layer. So I'm just going to tap on the left of that new layer and select clipping mask. And you can see there's an arrow that's come up above the hidden layer. That just means that everything that we draw on the new clipping mask layer will be visible only within the boundaries of the pixels that we've drawn below. I've just selected a new color. And I'm just going to draw some lines. With that. Those trees just gives a little bit more texture. Again, very simple, just really simple lines. And you can make these vertical or horizontal, or you can add in little circular shapes. Just whatever you feel like. Just adds a little bit more interest and makes the tree more quirky and interesting. So, yeah, you can play around with those styles as well. Palm trees are really like this kind of zigzaggy shape. And then I really like these flowing kind of contour shapes or lines even. Yeah, that's also a very simple technique that adds so much to your drawings, although I think that color is a little bit strong, so I'm just going to lower the opacity tiny bit, but halfway. And then one last thing we can do to kind of tie everything together. Let's just draw some little dots around the whole piece. And I'll give you a kind of cohesive series if you want. Yeah, and then if after this lesson you want to go and play around with textures and clipping masks, then that could be fun as well. And we're not gonna go into that today, but it's also something that is fun to play around with. And if you want to change your colors, if you want your trees to be different colors, we can create a new layer and above the foliage shapes and turn that into a clipping mask again. And then I can choose a different color and just color my trees in different color. That's maybe a little bit dark. So go to hue saturation and brightness and lighten that. One last thing that we can do is go to the details layer. Click on that. And you can always play around with the blending modes here, which can be quite fun. I like to use the multiply and then lower the opacity a little bit. And that just adds a tiny bit more interest again, but it's a really simple technique. You can see that the color changes depending on whether it's over a shape or another color. So yeah, that's basically it. I have my finished piece and hopefully you have also come up with really nice series of unique trees and learned some useful tools that you can use to kinda do this again and make another set of completely different trees to the ones that you made today. 8. Final Thoughts: So hopefully in this short session, you've realized that it's not actually that scary to draw a tree. And as long as you include the basic requirements of the tree, such as the trunk and branches and foliage. Then you can be really playful with your shapes and practice stylizing your tree drawings to come up with some really unique designs. The other takeaway that you've hopefully gained is that there's never just one way to do something. And you should experiment and play around until we find a way that works for you and that you enjoy. And everything that I've taught you in this class is really just one style and one way of working. But I would encourage you to keep experimenting and keep playing and having fun with your drawings and don't be too scared to make bad drawings. And just give yourself permission to view beginner and make mistakes and let loose and have fun.