In this post, I will describe how to draw wooden posts. They add charm to any landscape and are great for enhancing visual interest in a scene. Techniques and strokes for drawing wooden posts are very similar to techniques for drawing tree trunks and it would be helpful to consult drawing tree trunk tutorial if you haven’t done so already.
Drawing Wooden Post Stroke: Small Wandering Lines
This stroke is same as that used for texturing tree trunk and can be very effectively used for drawing 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.
Drawing a Wooden Post: Finishing
Adding tapered crevices to the top, edges and body of the post gives it a lot of character. Add more such crevices to give it more of frayed look.
Another Stroke for Drawing Wooden Posts: Angular Lines
This stroke consist of crisscrossing lines and drawing post with them gives a more weathered feel. 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 draw a wooden post with 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.
Drawing a 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.
Drawing 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.
Drawing Wooden Fence:
A wooden fence is a great composition element that can be used in foreground in any landscape to give it focal interest and charm. Draw the posts at an angle and connect them with a barbed wire to draw a fence as shown below. More age can be added to posts using techniques discussed above to indicate decaying status of fence.
Level of Tone:
Same technique/stroke can be used with different intensity/tone level to create different feel. Following is a drawing of wooden fence with lighter tone compared to drawing above but is based on same technique. There should be good inter play of different tones in your drawing to create visual contrast and attract viewer’s attention. This is discussed in detail in my pen and ink drawing workbooks.
Drawing Landscapes with Wooden Posts:
Very pleasing landscapes can be drawn with wooden posts in the foreground and other elements behind them. Following are some examples. Learn to draw them step by step.
Following are some more examples of quick landscapes incorporating wooden posts. Drawing such landscapes is covered step by step in my pen and ink drawing workbooks.
Drawing Snow Covered Wooden Posts:
Snow sitting on wooden posts is a charming addition to any winter landscapes. Learn to draw snow covered wooden posts step by step.
You can find video demonstration of drawing a landscape with wooden post on my YouTube channel here.
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