I've been doing a bit of thinking about the energy force that is creativity.
I tried several times dividing the small clumps into bigger shapes, as you can see below, but I just wasn't happy with them. Finally I tried outlining the outside shape and then putting in the substantial tree holes. Finally, I had a sketch I could do an Impressionist painting from. To hear my description of how to draw foliage, click on the podcast below.
Intro: Designing trees is a big part of landscape oil painting. Sometimes, nature doesn’t cooperate and the artist must find the shapes in the trees’ foliage and divide it up in interesting ways. While doing this though, it’s important to maintain the characteristics of the species of tree.
Needed: Photo of tree
Materials: pencils or pens to sketch with, drawing paper
The Stretch: Sketch the masses in the foliage three different ways, don’t forget to have one part dominant and the other parts subordinate. Pick the one you like best and add grey-scale values so the dominant part is two-thirds lights and the subordinate is one-third darks. Try it again and reverse the lights and the darks. Which do you like best?
Post a photo!