Today was a very different drawing day. Instead of my usual realistic drawing of a subject, I focused on a tree study.

I was very interested in studying the trees that I was attempting to draw a couple days ago at St Marks Cathedral. Specifically I wanted to try and find the best way to simplify these trees yet keep their essence. Basically how far could I simplify this tree and still have it looking like a tree.



First I started sketching in my sketch book, but I ended up with a blob of what something that did not look like a tree at all. So I employed the help of my computer.


I used a photoshop filter on the images of the trees and then removed all their color. I wanted to see how a computer would simplify a tree, then I would attempt to mock that in some way.


Here I’m tracing the tree and with each new tracing I’m simplifying the shapes more and more. I trying to find at what point does the drawing cease to look like a tree.


More simplifications this time I tried to use more organic wavy lines rather than all straight lines.



  • Session: 185
  • Work: 181
  • Width: 10"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Graphite
  • Location: Tree study in apartment
  • Art Time: 1
  • Creative Time:



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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."