I took the day off two days ago. Woke up that morning and suddenly had the urge to sketch trees! Packed my sketch book, a mechanical pencil, and a digital camera into my sling bag, leashed my dog and off we went on a pleasant cloudy morning to the park. Spent about 10 minutes walking my dog while looking out for suitable trees to sketch. Finally spotted one particular tree that caught my fancy. Put my dog on the bench, took out my sketch pad and pencil and started drawing.
It was one of those moments when my mind was clear, my hand steady, and I instinctly knew what to do. I estimated the overall space needed on the sketch paper, started drawing the roots first before outlining the tree:
I’d considered inking the sketch over with Indian Ink but decided against it. Ink lacked that subtlety and tonal variation with pencils. Final step was to scan in the sketch, and I touched up the scanned image by adjusting the contrast (the pencil lines don’t show up as well in the scanned image).