Drawing to Inspire Bonsai Styling

I taught drawing to inspire styling your bonsai trees workshop to the Susquehanna Bonsai Club and to my club in Centre County, the Happy Valley Bonsai Club, over the last few months.

The images above show the progression of the drawing of the front and then the back of a ficus tree planted over rock.

We used squinting to see negative space, gesture drawing with charcoal, geometric drawing with light pencil and contour drawing with dark pencil, all combined to truly become keenly aware of our tree and to plan where to go next.  This type of drawing can help a novice to truly listen to their tree before and during styling.