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Studies in the landscape

Part 4 Anne Kerr continues her six-part series demonstrating how to draw elements of the landscape with a look at drawing trees, leaves and foliage


How to use drawing pens with water-soluble and permanent ink

Tips and techniques for drawing foliage, trunks, branches and landscapes

This month we look at using a permanent ink pen alongside a water-soluble ink pen, which I often use together in a drawing. They each have their own characteristics, more useful in some circumstances than others. By all means use a pencil sketch to begin your drawing but your ultimate aim will be to draw directly with pen and ink; you will quickly gain confidence this way. Yes, you will make mistakes, however it will help you to accept your mistakes and use your imagination to make something of them.

Always take a sketchbook with you when you go out and about. Just a few minutes drawing a leaf or twig will alert you to the textures and structures of natural objects. Nature has a wonderful way of balancing itself in many different forms. The symmetrical shape of a leaf or the way the petals of a flower spiral evenly from its centre. Trees will appear balanced with a fairly equal proportion of branches on all sides. Remember, every object we look at, whether natural or manmade, will be three dimensional.

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Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. From experimenting with watercolour and gouache to paint a winter landscape and a beginner's guide to acrylic painting to sketching animals from life and drawing trees using ink, this issue is packed with practical advice and information for the amateur painter. There is a plethora of demonstrations to paint in watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastels and more to help build confidence and skills along with projects from photographs, tips and techniques and inspiration. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.