Techniques and Tips

Tree Outline Drawing from Artist Phil Metzger

Tree Outline Drawing from Artist Phil Metzger

In the October 2010 issue of Magazine, I share with you the steps in my thinking and process as I develop a textured tree drawing from the initial sketch to the outline drawing to the finished piece, Old Hickory (pencil, 11×14), shown below.

In the first step in my demonstration I did a final outline drawing on Strathmore bristol plate-finish (smooth) paper (shown below). I made the lines darker than I ordinarily would, so you can see them.

I view copying as an excellent way to learn and practice drawing (and painting) techniques, so I invite you to copy any or all my drawings in my books and magazine articles.

Click here or on the image above for a larger outline drawing

Click here for the downloadable Artist’s Magazine October 2010 issue.

Click here to check out Phil Metzger’s book, Pencil Magic.

Phil Metzger has work included in thousands of private and public collections. He teaches watercolor and perspective drawing.
This article is excerpted from his book Pencil Magic: Landscape Drawing Techniques. ©2004 by Phil Metzger, used with permission of North Light Books, an imprint of F+W Media Inc. Visit your local bookseller, call 800/448-0915, or visit to obtain a copy.


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