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How to Draw Sycamore Bark is posted on eHow.com, next in the series after How to Draw Oak Bark that got requested by DeviantART artist Peachfuzz.

Today I made a second expedition Outside and drew two branch sections from life, while also walking around and across the street and up to the tree with my camera to get reference photos. I brought in a leaf and a twig too, since the next article is how to draw or identify a Sycamore Tree -- crown shape drawn from my photo, leaf shape and vein pattern, twig shape. The bark is distinctive so I'll probably mention it in the second article.

The easiest way to identify a Sycamore is if it looks like it's being flayed and half the bark is peeled off leaving bare ivory-white patches of wood, yet it's flourishing with plenty of green leaves. In winter it's hard to tell a dead Sycamore from a live one, of course. But in summer is when that peeled-ragged look is at its most dramatic, like it's coming back from the dead. Here's my life sketch of the branches.

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