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How to draw a branch


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Some techniques, such as pastel and watercolor, charcoal and colored crayons, combine well and complement each other.

Many artists have found their own style, experimenting in mixed technique and combining sometimes incongruous.

They proved to themselves and others that this is an interesting and promising way of self-expression.

You will need

  • Short stretches of branches with interesting texture, a sheet of thick paper, a pencil 6B, oil pastels, watercolors, a round brush No. 3.



Draw outlines. Select those fragments of the branches that you want to sketch, and lightly outline their contours with a pencil 6B. First, draw a pattern similar to snake skin, which is visible on the branch.


Work on the branch. Is the main color of the branch yellowish? white. Recreate it with pastels, applying for this the strokes of yellow, white and solid paint in successive layers, and then mix them with your finger to get a smooth, dense, homogeneous tone. Do not forget to leave gaps that will be filled with darker paint.


Write a line with watercolor. Take the brush number 3. Watercolor sepia write the dark lines of the branch. The edges of the lines should go a little to the areas painted with pastels. When the watercolor absorbs, the pastel paint will leave a faint trail. In the same way, add small, randomly scattered spots of watercolor on the pastel surface. Allow the paint to dry.


Finish the work on the branch. If you carefully study, you can consider on the branch a long vertical slightly curved lines, passing over light sections of the cortex. Complete the work on the sketch by drawing these lines on top of the mixed pastel layer with a 6B pencil. Thanks to these lines, the drawing will become much more realistic.


Ready Etude. Writing in mixed technology is not a picture, but an etude. You have achieved that even in such a small work you can quite accurately convey the shape and pattern of branches. A successful result is based on careful and direct study of the subject. The combination of pastels and watercolors allows you to recreate the natural appearance and texture of the bark.

How to draw a branch Was last modified: June 21st, 2017 By Kuyhiukb
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