Hello, everyone. Shibasaki here. Hope you’re doing well. In this session, I’ll show you how to draw trees. Actually, I previously posted a video on how to draw trees on YouTube. This is the video. I created this when I started posting videos on YouTube. It was actually very well received, and lots of viewers still watch it. It made me realize that a lot of people are interested in learning how to draw trees. Today’s lesson is an upgraded version of this previous video, and I’ll show you a slightly more sophisticated way to draw trees. A tree like this, for example. You can see that the trunk is bumpy, and that clumps of leaves are sticking out here and there. I’ll show you how to draw a tree like this today. Don’t go away. Let’s start then. This is how we did in it the previous movie. First, draw a half-sphere, and add a trunk to it. When the sun shines from above, then the shadows appear. Like this. A darker shadow is seen at the bottom of the half-sphere. This is how a tree was understood in the previous lesson. Remember what is extremely important. Quite a few people draw each of the individual leaves with a very thin brush. But it’s more important to recognize the large, three-dimensional presence of a whole tree. It’s necessary to understand a tree as a large half-sphere, as well as how different the tones of the shadows are created when the sun shines. This was how we viewed a tree in the previous lesson. In today’s lesson, I’ll use and advance this same concept. Seen from a distance, a tree may look like this, but as you get closer, you may find it a little bumpier. The shape of a tree may not be that smooth with some clumps of leaves here and there. There may be a big clump of leaves here, and another one here. There may be a smaller clump on the other side. You see that leaves of a tree may be in several different groups. Well, let’s say the sun is shining in this direction. Then the shadow will appear here, and it’s darker at the bottom. But if there is another clump of leaves in the front, then the part of the first clump hidden behind the second clump should be left unpainted. Since the sun is usually shining from above, the shadow appears at the bottom of an object. See how the concept shown in the previous session has applied to the three clumps in different sizes? But this is not enough. This half-sphere on this paper only shows the side we can see. Because this is a half-sphere, where a sphere was cut in halves, there is a face at the bottom that we cannot see. To put it differently, there is a circular face upon which a half-sphere stands. We can only see the bottom line of the visible half-sphere, but there actually is more on the side we can’t see. So if we draw several clumps of leaves, we should be able to see more trees among these clumps of leaves. Maybe clumps of leaves from another tree here and there. But note that, from the viewer’s perspective, these clumps of leaves look mostly shady. So they should be colored all dark, like this. They should all look dark and shady. So the important thing to understand is, like you can see in the other paper, that behind clumps of leaves in the front are other clumps of leaves. And there is a trunk and a branch that connects the trunk and one of the clumps, and another branch that goes toward the clump in the front. All these branches are there to connect the trunk and leaves. This is how you should view a tree. See the previous concept is now a little more advanced. Let’s use this concept and paint a tree. Let’s start with light green to represent the strong sun. The addition of some yellow will show stronger lighting. Use an ample amount of the color and start painting. If you’re not sure where to start, draw a rough sketch before painting. Lay down the brush to paint; the dry brush technique will be effective in representing leaves. It’s important to remember that you’re drawing a clump of leaves as you paint. Different colors can be mixed to paint a different area. I’ll draw a different shape. Change colors as you paint, and it will make the painting more interesting. Irregular shapes will make the leaves look more real. I’ll add more different colors as I paint. And add a small clump of leaves here. I like the dry brush technique. I’ll use this color for other clumps, as well, for more color variations. Now I’ll use the wet-in-wet technique to represent shadows on these clumps. Let’s wait until it’s dry. Here is the shadow. Here is the shadow. Remember shadows are needed for each clump of leaves. Each one of them. A dark and cool tone for each color has to be used. For green, Viridian is the color of the shadows. If you want darker and cooler color, add some Prussian Blue. It makes a very dark and cool color. This is just fine, but the addition of some Umber will make the color look more real. Remember the shadow is here. Lay down the brush and color the shadow. Keep in mind that this area of this clump in the front is in the sun. Try to avoid the sun-lit area and not to paint it in the dark color. Tap the brush on the paper and blur the boundaries. This clump is seen in the distance, and the shade shouldn’t be colored too dark. At this point, imagine there is a trunk here. Scratch the paint for some lines to represent some branches that run from the trunk. You’ll find them useful later. Now the shadow on this clump of leaves. In the same way as earlier, use Viridian and Prussian Blue with a little bit of Umber. Here is the shadow. Tap the brush to create different looks. An even more different look is needed toward the front. Use different tones with different colors. Use some water to blur the edges of the colors to make a realistic effect. That’s it. Now the leaves have a three-dimensional appearance. I’ll scratch here too. See the appearance of the clumps with depth? Do the same with this little clump. This doesn’t need a lot of shade. Just a little. They shouldn’t all look the same. Paint a tiny bit of shade here, like this. It depends on how you image a tree, however. There isn’t one way to draw a tree. See how they are coming together? Now I’m going to draw the shady clumps of leaves seen in the back. Remember they are mostly only shades, and I’ll mainly use Viridian and Prussian Blue. You may want to add some purplish color here, such as Mineral Violet. A shady clump here. It shouldn’t be in the same shape as the other clumps. Do not paint over the leaves in the front that are in the sun. Then you’ll see sunny spots on the tree. Here too. Avoid the already painted leaves, and you’ll find a sunny spot. Because these clumps are all shady, you shouldn’t draw too much detail like the other clumps. Make them look simple. These shady clumps lie in the background. Now I’m deciding on where the trunk is. Scratch to mark the branches when you make a decision. Like this. Now some of the structure of a tree has been created. Let’s draw a trunk now. Use some Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber alone doesn’t make the trunk look real. You’ll need some other colors as well, such as Yellow Grey and Cobalt Green. Adding a little more will make the tree more natural. Imagine a thick trunk growing among leaves. This is important. Just like this. This trunk goes through this clump and can be seen up here. If you image how the trunk is seen among the leaves, you can link the dots together. Try to image a trunk seen among the leaves and link the scratched lines. Some more branches here, sticking into the air. It all depends on how you imagine the tree. Here’s another scratch. I’ll draw a thin branch here to connect the line and the trunk. The more branches you add, the more like a real tree it will look. Enjoy adding more detail with more smaller branches. Note that branches are less visible in the sun. Draw branches only in the shady areas. Once you have drawn the trunk and branches, add some shadow to them as well. Umber with some dark, cool colors, such as Prussian Blue and Ultramarine, to make it sufficiently dark and cool. Add the color to the trunk. This will create the sun and shade on the trunk and make it truly real. Remember the trunk and branches are drawn in the shade. This is really important. Decide on which areas are shady. Clear shadows will emphasize sunny spots. See how it makes a difference? At higher spots these clumps of leaves may also create more shadows on the trunk. It’s necessary to have a clear picture of how much the shadow extends. Drawing the ends of the branches will make the tree look real. Remember that the branches are more visible in the shade. Add some branches in the empty space, as well. This way you can draw a tree with clumps of leaves and fill empty space with some branches. It’s more fun if you can draw various trees. Try and practice! If you’ve enjoyed this video, please leave a comment and subscribe to my channel. Thank you very much for watching until the end. See you next time!