Learn How to Draw a Tree Branch

I posted this tutorial in 2012 to help folks learn how to draw a tree branch. I recently discovered the link was broken. It had gotten a lot of interest initially, and thought I would post it again in case some might again find it helpful.

If you are not familiar with Inkscape, it is an open source (free) program that is worth downloading. I do almost all of my drawing using this program, and have for at least 10 years.

I hope you enjoy my little Inkscape tutorial, “How to Draw a Tree Branch”.

Happy Drawing and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


Create Sketches With Inkscape

How to Create Sketches with Inkscape
Pumpkin Sketch

I love to create sketches with Inkscape. Sketches are simple to draw and have a kind of vintage appeal. It’s fun to import them into my cutter program and draw them out using my KNK Zing or Silhouette Cameo.

Sketches are easy to create using Inkscape, once you get the hang of a couple simple tools. Of course, the detail can be tricky using a traditional mouse. I have a Wacom Intuos tablet and pen which I use for drawings such as this. But, having said that, it still is possible with a mouse or touch pad. If you know how to draw lines using the freehand tool, or the bezier/straight line tool, you can sketch. If you need a little help getting started with lines and curves, look here for some simple tips.

When creating sketches, experiment using little lines and shapes for shading. Think about how the light would naturally hit the objects in your illustration. Make little hash lines where you want shadows, decreasing the lines and making them farther apart where the shadows decrease. This will help your drawing have some depth and shape.

Have some fun with this. Don’t take it too seriously. I love experimenting with different techniques to see what I can create.

If you’d like a copy of my free SVG, help yourself.

Happy Drawing!



Free SVG for Autumn

Happy October! If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know I love this time of year. The crisp air, the pumpkins, the smell of the leaves, the beautiful colors…. it’s just all so energizing! I LOVE it!

It can be difficut to get people to visit us way up here in the north country. That is especially true in the winter time…. which can make for a lonely Christmas. And when no one is going to visit…. well, it’s just not as much fun to decorate. But, we do sometimes get visitors in the fall, so last year I put a little effort into creating some fall-friendly pieces.

Up-Cycled Window for Autumn
Autumn Window

I wanted to do something different with the fireplace mantle. I used an old window that I’ve had sitting around and added some vinyl and some mini canvas pennants.

A Little Subway for Fall
A Little Subway for Fall

I needed to decorate the porch as well so I made this Fall Subway Art to use out there.

If you’d like a free SVG for Autumn, just leave a comment and I’ll send you a link to my “Subway for Fall” SVG. If you want to take a look at more of my recent work, check out my Facebook pages here and here. And please “Like” my page while you’re there.

Oh… and by the way, if you are like me and thinking about Christmas already, you can check out my floating ornaments here.

Happy drawing.


Vinyl Decal on Framed Prints

vinyl decal on glass close upI am honored to have been asked by Team KNK to join the group of awesome designers on their blog. Check out my latest Team KNK post and see how to make a framed print “pop” by adding a vinyl decal to the glass.

To see some of my other Inkscape Projects, look here. All of my designing is done in Inkscape.

Happy drawing!


Inkscape ~ Add Detail with a Wacom Tablet


Wacom examples for Eye Draw It post

Here are a couple of whimsical drawings that illustrate how I can add detail to my drawings with my Wacom tablet and pen.  The second example is an illustration I finished a year or so ago. I liked it but it needed something more. You can see all the added detail in the updated version.

Of course, most of this I could do with a mouse, but it would be very tedious and I don’t think I have the patience for that. It’s so much easier to add detail with a Wacom pen and tablet. I’m pretty happy with how I’m able to give my drawings more of a hand drawn look now that I have the drawing tablet.

I love Wacom!

Happy drawing.