Weathered wooden posts adds charm to any landscape and are great for enhancing visual interest in a scene. They can be easily drawn and here I will show some simple strokes for drawing them. Techniques and strokes for drawing them are very similar to techniques for drawing tree trunks and it would be helpful to consult tree trunk tutorial if you haven’t done so already.
Stroke: Small Wandering Lines:
This stroke is same as that used for texturing tree trunk and can be very effectively used for wooden posts as well as shown below. Add crevices to the body and top to bring out the weathered nature and age of the post. As with a tree trunk, darken one side more to bring out the roundness of the post.
Finishing a Wooden Post:
Adding tapered crevices to the top, edges and body of the post gives it lot of character. Add more such crevices to give it more of frayed look.
Stroke: Angular Lines
This stroke was discussed in drawing tree trunks tutorial to texture trunk and can be used for wooden posts as well. This stroke usually gives most weathered look and can be used for that purpose. Following are the steps involved.
Techniques discussed above for finishing post can be used with this stroke as well.
Same technique can be used for horizontal post as well as shown below.
Stroke: Tapered Crevices
Tapered crevices are usually added with another stroke where the stroke conveys bark texture and crevices gives a feeling of roughness and age. But crevices can themselves be used to give a very weathered look as shown below. In this technique, the focus is on crevices in weathered wood which are drawn and the remaining bark texture is implied.
Following is another example.
Stroke: Flowing lines around deep Knots
In this approach, the grain lines of weathered wood is drawn. A deep knot or crevice is added with grain lines flowing around it to add interest.
Rectangular Wooden Post:
Following shows how to draw a rectangular wooden post. Same strokes as discussed for circular wooden posts above can be used. For a rectangular post, make one side (facing away from light) darker than the other side as shown below.
Receding Wooden Posts:
Wooden posts that go out into the distance add great depth to the drawing. Following is a simple technique to draw receding posts that become smaller with distance.
Receding wooden posts with a trunk or 2 are great simple landscapes that can be done quickly and are very enjoyable. Here you can find further examples of some of them.
You can find video demonstration of drawing a landscape with wooden post on my YouTube channel here.
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This completes the tutorial. Remember to practice often and have fun.
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