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The single most important thing that a botanical artist must do to make a successful illustration is get the proportions and morphology of the plant correct. The foundation of this is in the drawing. Drawing is so important that if something is drawn poorly the plant will not come to life.
How to draw a tree shows a collection of tree drawings and explanations how I have done those tree drawings. Get inspired by famous and less famous, but very impressive contemporary and historic examples of tree drawings and have a look at online drawing tutorials. Get some inspiration here to find your own way how to do a tree drawing. The lesson covers the tree top with branches and foliage,the tree trunk and the trunk base as important elements of a tree drawing. "A few remarks on Tree-drawing seems a necessary addition to the chapter on Sketching, as trees are almost invariably the first objects which a student attempts to draw from Nature out of doors, and as they first meet him with all the embarrassments of regular open-air work.