“Drawing: Trees” by William F. Powell is an informative, educational step-by-step guide to drawing all kinds of trees of every type and size. Starting at the basics with the tools and basic drawing techniques like shading, Powell takes the artist from the simplest, most basic concepts of drawing, like creating the surface and texture to value, which is the relative lightness or darkness.
Powell also covers nuances such as perspective and composition and the basic shape of the trees you are sketching. He then moves on to tree trunks, branches and foliage. As you go further, it is somewhat surprising all the unique features of drawing a tree there are that you may not have seen or realized before attempting to sketch one.
With all the unique shapes and features of the varied species of trees, Powell does a wonderful job of breaking down each part of the tree and each type of tree to simpler bits that can be tackled little by little. There is so much content here, you could spend a good deal of time working through the many examples and growing steadily in your mastery of drawing trees.
Powell is a master artist with decades of experience drawing and coloring in a host of different formats. He lends his exquisite talents to the beginning artist in a way that is accessible and beneficial for any student of art no matter their former training. It is a great volume to have in your art library to refer to over and over. I loved this book!
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