Forest Landscapes: Shrubs
There's nothing like drawing a forest without some overgrown
shrubs. We'll take a look at how to draw them in this tutorial.
The Way of the Shrub
With the shrub, you are allowed some flexibility. You can
draw them with basic shapes or go wild with some funky designs.
Let's take a look:
1) What you start off with is the basic structure of the
shrub. It's like drawing a tree minus the trunk. Then you
move on to giving it shape.
2) This is a rectangular hedge. It's usually maintained
and cut in this manner serving as a living fence. The most
seen shape for populated areas.
3) Rounded hedges is one of the natural shapes shrubs take
4) Evergreen shrubs, on the other hand, tend to be pointy
and have a conical affinity unless they're the low growing
5) Last but not least are the shrubs that are ornamental.
Much like the rectangular shrubs, they are maintained to
their peculiar shape. Popular one's include the spiral-coned
evergreen shrub and some bizarre shapes include what I all
the "poodle shrub" which mimics the Poodle haircut.
Below, we have the three most common "lines" of
bushes including angular, spiky, and rounded. Spiky bushes
tend to be on the evergreen family while the other two tend
to be more of the leafy type.
much like drawing your tree, to add depth to your shrub
you have to consider leaves in the foreground, midground,
and background. Each are shaded in accordingly as shown
on the right. Put them all together and you've got a shrub
Below, we have an example of a bushes in a natural setting.
Most bushes are low to mid-growing height but there are
those that grow much higher than depicted below.