Hi, it's Deborah. My family and I are moving from Maryland to Texas this summer. So, before we go, we decided to take a vacation road trip to see some things in the area we did not want to miss. It was fabulous! I decided this would be a great opportunity for a literal "sketchbook challenge." With our Into the Woods theme in mind, I set out to draw a tree in my small moleskine each day of our trip.
The next day I got a tiny bit more realistic, but not much. I love dots! Such an easy way to add dainty, interesting details.
As you can see from my notation, this sketch was drawn while sitting on the porch of our cabin in Shenandoah National Park, so I was happy to take inspiration from all the trees around me.
Here's a snapshot looking out over the Shenandoah Valley. Stunning, right?
This is a quick contour drawing of an old dead tree near the picnic table where we had lunch.
This one is quite Christmas-tree-y, don't you think?
My kids both loved this one. I drew it after a day of white water rafting (the swirly bits) and a tree canopy tour. The tour included seven zip lines (the seven lines in the trunk).
Very simple... just repeated lines and shapes.
This one is my least successful, I think. But, that's part of doing an "every day" project. Some turn out better than others.
Here is the last day. It may be my favorite, I loved thinking of the tree as the negative space and filling in the background.
Are you traveling this summer? If so, I'd encourage you to try an easy project like this. The simple structure is enough to keep you motivated and the theme is full of potential. I hope you'll share your sketches with our Flickr group.
I'll leave you with this picture of my son Benjamin, literally "in the woods!"