Denis John-Naylor creates wonderful drawings of trees and their leaves and seeds. Here he describes the techniques he uses, such as shaping the pencil end to make the right mark, building up a pattern of lights and darks, sketching in pencil or ballpoint pen, measuring angles and proportions, impressing grooves and lifting out tone with a putty eraser. Four demonstrations show how to use these techniques to create tree drawings, from a detailed study of oak leaves to a huge sequoia.
Previously published as Step by Step Leisure Arts: Drawing Trees 978 1 903975 82 4
Denis John-Naylor studied Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth College of Art and Wildlife Painting at Swansea Institute. He is a self-employed consultant and a part-time teacher of watercolour, pencil, acrylic and oil painting in adult education. His hobbies include plein air painting, reading biographies and listening to music. http://www.saa.co.uk/art/denis-john-naylor
Introduction 6 Materials 8 Tips and techniques 10 Getting started 12 Leaves and seeds: Oak Leaves and Acorn 22 Light and shade: Lombardy Poplars 30 Contrasts in scale: Sequoia 38 Trees in the landscape: Bankside Birches 42 Index 48