How to Draw a Post, Sketch Wood

Artist: JTM93 / July 20, 2012

Step 1.

Begin by drawing a rectangle and separating it into strips - most posts are made of multiple planks bound together, like a barrel, so these strips represent the separate planks. As these lines must be dark and neat, draw them before you do any shadi   

Step 2.

To draw the correct texture of wood, make long pencil strokes up and down the paper in the same direction with the flat side of the pencil led. This step shows the sort of pencil-work you should be aiming for. Practise on a separate sheet of paper be   

Step 3.

Use the technique described in the step above to draw the texture onto the post.

Step 4.

This step is optional. I decided to smooth the shading/texture out a bit by using cotton pads/tissues - this removes some sharp edges and makes the texture a bit more uniform - but leaving it rough also produces a nice effect. It depends on what sort   

Step 5.

Now add finer lines to the texture. Using a similar technique to the one used in Step 3, draw lines up and down the post with the fine point of a sharp 2B pencil. These lines must be straight, so draw them slowly and draw the short - the longer the l   

Step 6.

You may have wondered what was in the upper left corner of the drawing. It is an owl. See my tutorial on "How to Draw an Owl" if you want to learn how to draw this owl.

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