Instructions for a basic tree with drawing

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 Draw 3 circles, slightly overlapping    Erase the middle overlap and add a trunk  

 Draw in branches so that the lines touch the

outer edge of the circles

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 Erase the outer edge of the circles. Decide where

the light is coming from.(top right).


 This is a dry brush technique

mix up lemon yellow and cobalt and stroke the

paint on to the paper. Your brush should be almost

horizontal. Use the surface of the paper to get the

effect. Make sure you don't have too much water

in the brush


 Start with a lemon yellow on the right gradually

adding more blue to get the shadows on the bottom

and left. Add in a very small quantity of madder lake

to get the really dark shadows on the foliage at the


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Add the branches with a fine rigger brush along your

previous pencil lines leaving gaps where the leaves

cover the brabches.

    Put your tree into a landscape