How to Draw Trees: vertical cracks

Column edgesSome trees have prominent vertical cracks in their bark. When you draw trees, you can use a simple observation to help show the dimension and roundness of the trunk.

Evenly spaced vertical lines on a column will seem to get closer together as you near the edges of the column. The same is true of cracks in  a tree. On either side of the tree you will see closely spaced, narrow vertical cracks. Toward the middle of the tree, the cracks are more widely spaced. Lets apply this to a drawing of a Coastal Redwood. Click on the first image to start a step-by-step sideshow.

2 thoughts on “How to Draw Trees: vertical cracks

  1. Nikki says:

    Hello John,
    I am writing a book about my family tree. Each section is divided into parts of a tree. I would like to use your illustration of the Redwood tree trunk for the part of my book on the trunk of the family. I would give you credit for your work. It is a small publication for just my family. Do I have your permission? I really appreciate it very much.
    Thanks,

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