Architectural drawing/ tutorial 03/ How to draw trees


How to draw trees in plan.

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  • 1st Example

1) Draw with pencil and compass a circle. The radius of the circle is the average radius of a real tree, but in scale. 

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2) Pick a pen or a rapidograph (size 0.2 or 0.3) and draw four to five brances from the center outwards. 

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3) Fill the branches. 

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4) Draw smaller brances starting from the basic branches and finishing to the circle. Erase the pencil lines. 

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  • 2nd Example

1) Draw with pencil and compass a circle. The radius of the circle is the average radius of a real tree in scale. 

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2) Pick the pen or the rapidograph (size 0.2 or 0.3) and draw small circles, along and inside the large circle. 

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3) Draw more circles as shown in the image below, trying to give the impression of shadow. 

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Tree symbols in elevation

  • Example

1) Draw the silhouette of the foliage and the line of the ground.

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2) Draw the foliage along the silhouette.

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3) Add the trunk and branches. 

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The elevation of a tree should be consistent with the plan. For example if the tree symbol in plan is without foliage, the tree symbol in elevation should be without foliage too. 

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The amount of detail should be consistent with the scale of the drawing. If the drawing scale is large (e.g 1:25) the tree can have much detail. If the scale is small (e.g 1:100) then the symbol should be more abstract. Also the type of foliage used should be appropriate to the geographical location of the architecture. 

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