I actually drew a scene today! Really I just wanted to draw a tree. My tress have a tendency of looking really bizarre. When I was a kid, my brother explained to be how trees start with one trunk but then they branch out like “v”s into multiple branches. It was a useful lesson but I have a tendency of taking things just a little bit too literally. Rather than seeing it as a hint and expanding from there I pretty much treated it as a mathematical equation and started drawing trees on which each branch formed exactly two more branches on a “v” and then I would throw on a leaf or two. I think I’ve tried to break that habit a few times but it’s still the first thing that comes to mind when I try to draw a tree.
So today I went to the park and tried to draw a tree that actually looks like a tree. Then I got distracted by the way the leaves were blowing in the wind. In the end I had a rough looking tree with leaves blowing in the wind and it looked a bit off and not quite finished. I figured maybe I could make it look better by turning it into a scene and this sketch evolved from there.
Of course it’s completely the wrong time of year for this drawing. I imagine this being a blustery mid fall sort of day. The weather is just starting to get really cold and it’s shaping up to be a long hard winter. The warm summer days are over and this part of the planet is going to be further away from the sun for a while. Still, looking up into the sky you can see the sun shining just as brightly as ever and you know that it will still be there, waiting for your return.
I still need lots more practice with faces and bodies … and maybe trees and shading … but I don’t entirely hate how this turned out.