sketching trees, one should bear in mind the general attitude of the tree, its
characteristic form and branching, and the stroke which will best produce
One teacher can
best draw the tree by using such strokes as those at No. 1 to give the trunk
and branches, and then applying the stroke for the foliage; while another
teacher does better work by massing the tree, as at No. 2, and then adding
trunk, branches and details. Either method is good.
The strokes above
the trees show the manner of representing the foliage of these particular
trees. See plates 6, 11 and 24, for other trees.
Apply other of
the methods described above, using half a stick of chalk placed flat upon the
board and moved rapidly in the direction suggested by the stroke. For the elm
it is a curving motion; for the poplar up and down; for the pine, back and
forth; for the oak or apple, an irregular and slightly slanting stroke, etc.
After the mass of
the tree is drawn, accent here and there with the same stroke, and add branches
When working upon a
gray background or against a light tone for the sky, use black chalk or
charcoal in the manner described above.