Friday, April 13, 1973

Try This - Bookplate Landscape

Updated July 2009

First, please read my post, "Anybody Can Draw," if you haven't already. And please don't copy my drawing - but do feel free to use it to inspire your own.

To try this, draw a 4x6" rectangle, or use an unruled 4x6" index card. Place it vertically -"portrait" orientation instead of "landscape."

Draw a line of upside-down U's or scallops across the top. It's OK if they are cut off at the top, like mine. Draw a few similar lines alongside your first line.

Just above the center of your drawing space, draw a sun, a crescent moon, or several star shapes. Add some curved lines, lifting your pen at your sun-moon-star shapes, so the lines go "behind" them. You can add some dot or line patterns inside your new curved stripes.

For the bottom half of your drawing space, draw a line of tree tops with a few scallopy curves and upside-down V's. You can also draw some tree trunks - pairs of almost-vertical lines up from the bottom, centered under a curve or V. Make each pair of lines a bit closer together at the top than at the bottom. Consider adding a branch or two, by leaving a small gap in one of your vertical lines, then angling a pair of branch lines up for a short distance.

Now draw the leafy part of your trees, using rounded swirling lines under your curved tree tops, and angular lines under your V's. Color (or leave uncolored). Enjoy.

For more drawings to try, click on "try this" just below, or in the menu bar in my blog header, or in the label list on the right.

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