Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Colouring the wood of a Tree

Hi Copic Friends,

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.


Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

Wow Tracy! What a fantastic tutorial! Your colouring is just so amazing :D

Carly said...

Sensational!!!! I have this image and have coloured it before .. but never as beautifully as this!! Thankyou for sharing.

xoxox Carly

Jane said...

Very informative Tracy, thanks.

Arabella said...

Awesome tree coloring Tracy! Thanks for the tutorial!


Sue said...

this is a fabulous tutorial, thanks so much for sharing.

Sassy Raggedy said...

Tracy, thanks so much for the tutorial. It is a great one that I will keep looking back on. joann sassy raggedy

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Tracy thank you for such a brilliant tutorial it is very much needed, lol.
Lorraine x

Ally said...

thanks, you're a darling! It aleays helps to see how others colour their images. Great tut.!
♥♥ Alessandra

Hanna - Rebecca " TheMissHaven " said...

Lovely tutorial :) Tfs !
Ps. Got my giveaway winnings today :) Luv everything !
Hugs Rebecca

xxxtglxxx said...

Wow, thank you so much for this Tracy, I have ordered some Copics and cant wait to have a play :)

Brilliant tutorial!



Janine said...

Great tutorial Tracy. Thanks for taking the time to make it.
Hugs, Janine xx

Estella said...

So nice