Forest Landscapes: Shrubs

By Rio

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:
Types of shrubs
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 on automatically.
4) Evergreen shrubs, on the other hand, tend to be pointy and have a conical affinity unless they're the low growing junipers.
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.
Lines of a shrub

Adding depthAgain, 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 with dimension.

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.

Putitng it all together

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