Basic Bush/Tree/Shrub Fun & Easy Step-out


I should have given you this step-out at the very beginning.  This is a very simple shape, and one you can use almost anywhere. It’s probably a shape you’ve already used for drawing trees, but may have forgotten or decided not to use because it is so simple.  But …

  • It is very open.
  • It has a light value.
  • It’s great for filling with texture, color or tangles.
  • The round shape is a good balance for square or triangular shapes.
  • It’s a great filler, because it isn’t too busy.
  • It’s fantastic for those tiny bushes, and trees on the horizon.

On a related note, this is a good step-out for clarifying the terminology in my fantasy world.

I define a Bush as a plant that sits on the ground.

A Shrub is has foliage on the ground, and a stick (branches/trunks) through the middle, alternating with more foliage. The main difference between a bush and shrub is that shrubs only have sticks going right through the middle.

A Tree has a stick (trunk) at the bottom, and may have sticks (branchs) weaving through-out the tree. The main difference between a shrub and a tree, is that the stick in a shrub always goes right through the middle.

This is fairly arbitrary on my part, and mostly so we always know what we are talking about.  I often use the word ‘stick’ to mean a trunk or branches, because I think it is less scary for some people to think of drawing sticks than trying to draw trunks or branches.  And in a fantasy world they can be sticks!

On Sunday, I’ll have a step-wisely showing some of the textures in my Fantasy World and how you can use them.

Author: Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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