I have chosen today to show you how I colour the wood of a tree. I have aimed this at beginners and am using the Make It Crafty Tree image which already has some of the shading area highlighted for you. As I prepared this tutorial I had selected E29, E25 and E53, but you will notice as we go through the tutorial that I added E50 to the mix.
I am going to colour in sections. This will give the tree some depth. If I was to start and use 3 colours directly across then the image would look very flat.
Start by using your darkest colour E29. The darkest areas will be at the bottom of the tree, directly underneath where the branches/leaves are and underneath the branches, as indicated by the arrows in the below picture.
Blend out the E29 with E25. This doesn’t have to be neat. Trees have varying grades of colour and broken lines.
Blend out the E25 with E53, this is a lovely golden colour.
Repeat the process for the second segment.
By the time I got to the middle is when I decided to add some E50.
And this is the finished Wood of the Tree.
Once you have practiced you can apply this principal to any tree, even if it doesn’t have the shading areas identified for you.
O.K. so now we move on to the top of the tree
I am using Copic Markers: YG67, YG63, G20 and G99
If I coloured this tree from the left to right using the 3 coloured markers, it would look really flat. So let’s bring the tree to life!
Start with your darkest marker, YG67
Your darkest areas will be those shadowed by other leaves or branches. Blend out the YG67 with YG63.
Then blend out the YG63 with G20.
As I did with the tree trunk, I am going to colour in sections. I outlined some sections using G20 as a guideline.
Then I start my process again using YG67. Do not worry about the leaves at this stage, I will be going back in with G99, a darker green to distinguish these.
Blend out using YG63.
And again using G20.
I have then gone back to the leaves using G99.
Then blended out the leaves using the G20.
I have gone back to those shadowed areas and added E25 and blended out with the G20. I think this adds a bit of contrast to the greenery.
And this is the finished Tree.
Image used is the Make It Crafty Tree of Love
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