A Birch at Dusk

When I saw this birch tree I thought it looked a bit eerie.  However, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to draw.  I did a crude drawing last year, kept it for a while and was not sure what to do with it.  When I had another look, I added a background. I think it brings the tree to life and complete the picture.

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The background was created using the gradient tool with multiple points.  It depicts the dusk horizon on a clear day in winter.

 

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Autumn Maple Colours

I can see this maple tree from my window everyday.  I was fascinated by the spectrum of colours it displayed over the last two months. It seems to change colour every couple of days.  This reminds me of how quickly time passes, and time waits for no one, not even trees!  And of course, by the time I finished this drawing all the leaves have fallen.

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Pictured below are close ups of some of the leaves I used in the drawing above:

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Bonsai!

This is a drawing of a Japanese acer bonsai tree that I took a photo of at a flower show. Like the other drawings I made, I use a lot of gradient and blurring effects.

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Since the leaves in the photo were quite small, I had to refer to a couple more photos of the leaves of the same species.  Here is a sample of the drawings I made for the leaves, which I then scaled down and added on to the tree.

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I also used the Geometry Add and Subtract tools to draw the pot. They make drawing circular and curvy items very easy.

 

 

A Birch Springs Back to Life

After a couple of months in cold weather, this birch tree showed signs of life.  It is always nice and heartwarming to see fresh green buds appearing on an otherwise bald tree.  I guess this is why springtime is always associated with the hope of a new beginning in life.

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Just like my cherry blossom, this drawing was done in two stages.  First, I drew the bare tree and then added on the buds and new leaves.

Here is the detailed drawing of the bud and new leaves,

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and a couple of new leaves on a twig.

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Blooming Cherry Blossom

Every year, between the end of March and the beginning of May thousands of people go to Japan to experience Hanami (translated as ‘flower viewing’), commonly known as the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Around this time, there are spectacular views of cherry blossoms all around the country.  And if you happen to be in Japan or are about to go there, you can check one of the forecasts and guides to these places.  But for those who are not so fortunate, hopefully you can enjoy this drawing 😉

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This drawing took quite some time to complete and was done in two stages.  The first stage involved drawing the bare tree, which was based on a photo I took during winter.  The second stage involved drawing different tones and shapes of leaves and flowers, then combining them together to form bunches, and then placing these bunches all over the tree.  Below are close-ups of two of the bunches.

The species of cherry blossom which is the subject of this drawing is called Kanzan. Unlike most other cherry blossom species, each Kanzan flower contains between 20-50 petals.  This makes the drawing a bit challenging, so I only drew around 10 petals for each flower, not including the middle part which contains the stigma and stamens.  Here are more detailed drawings of the flower,

 

 

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and the leaves.

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