Trees can be represented in all kinds of ways but are often dismissed as a mere background element. In this Live Demo, join returning artist David Morales (@dava22) as he sketches a scene with a backdrop full of lush trees, paying special attention to its volume and values to explain depth and perception. Apply cross-hatching sketch techniques to bring not only the subject but also its background to life. 

Check out the reference image here if you want to paint along!

Topics Covered:

  • Simplifying trees in the distance into shapes, and unifying those shapes with the same vertical strokes;
  • Building layers of crosshatching using a small nib (005 Etchr Fineliner) to create darker values;
  • Subsequent layers of crosshatching going in different directions, but remembering to stay consistent with the direction;
  • Making sure to "respect the light," which is to preserve the lighter values and keep contrast high in important focal areas.

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