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!
I hope you find my little Infograph on “How to Add a Drop Shadow” helpful. The intent here is to get you started. There is a lot more you can do with this idea, including adding a little blur to it. Have some fun with it and see what you can come up with.
I find drawing faces to be very challenging. We humans have so many different expressions and it’s difficult to replicate them. However, I have been practicing a bit so I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve learned.
Here is an infographic that shows how to draw a semi-realistic eyeball. I hope you learn something from it.
Inkscape has some pretty cool filters and extensions. One that I use quite frequently is the “Jitter Nodes” extension. In the sunset illustration here, notice the outline of the sun. You’ll see that it is not smooth. Take a look at this tutorial for how to add and jitter nodes.
I’ll mention one other technique I used in the picture. Take a look at my little guy in the kayak. I wanted to give the impression that the sun was sort of highlighting the outline of his silhouette. To do this I simply chose a light color for the stroke and then used the gradient tool, setting the top portion of the stroke at 100% and the bottom portion 0% opacity. Then, I again used the gradient tool … this time on the fill, decreasing the opacity toward the back of the kayak to suggest a bit of mist or fog coming off the water.