“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!”
-Australian nursery rhyme
A bush, also called a shrub, is a familiar plant of both the garden and the great outdoors. Many varieties are cultivated for their beautiful flowers, such as roses. Others are maintained as hedges, carefully groomed to become a living fence.
Bushes can also be pruned to become topiary, living sculptures. Horses, giraffes, and other animals are common topiary themes. Bushes attract garden guests such as hummingbirds and butterflies, and they provide berries, seeds, and shelter for birds and other small animals.
Since bushes are woody, how do they differ from trees? Trees are generally at least twice the height of a bush – bushes are generally less than 10 feet tall. Also, trees have one or two dominant stems, or trunks, whereas bushes host many stems, and none are dominant. Some plants, such as the lilac or crepe myrtle bushes, may grow to the height of a tree with a single bare trunk under the right conditions.
The term “bush” can also refer to wild, undeveloped wilderness lands that, not surprisingly, are home to many plants of the same name. This term is most widely used in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Alaska, and Canada.
Would you like to draw a simple flowering bush for your woodland or garden scene? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help.
You will need only a piece of paper and a pencil, pen, or marker. You may also wish to use colored pencils or something similar to shade your finished drawing. Using simple shapes and lines, your page will soon spring to life!
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Step by Step Instructions for Drawing a Bush
1. Begin by drawing a series of short, “U” shaped lines. The lines should be connected to one another, forming a longer, squiggly line. This is the bottom of the bush.
2. Next, continue to draw small “U” shaped lines, some larger than others. This section of the bush should outline two “lumps,” two differently shaped sections of the plant.
3. Continue to draw connected, “U” shaped line, again forming two to three “lumps.” Notice that the shape is now curving back toward the original lines.
4. Continue to sketch connected, “U” shaped lines, until the shape of the bush is fully enclosed. Notice the overlap of the last two sections of the bush.
5. Add the rounded texture of additional branches inside the shape of the bush. Do so by crafting curved shapes using connected, “U” shaped lines.
6. Continue to draw additional boughs of the bush using short, connected, “U” shaped lines.
7. Draw additional boughs using connected “U” shaped lines. Notice how the curved shapes of some of the boughs overlap.
8. Adorn your bush with flowers. For each flower, begin with a small circle. Around the circle, draw a ring of small, “U” shaped lines to form the petals.
9. Continue to add flowers to your bush, using small circles and “U” shaped lines for each.
10. Color your bush. Flowering bushes have blooms in nearly every color imaginable. Azaleas, for example, range from white to pink to red. Lilacs have purple blooms, and forsythia flowers are bright yellow. What kind will your bush be?
You can learn to plant – or at least draw – an entire garden using our selection of plant drawing guides. There, you will find such familiar flowers as roses, tulips, sunflowers, and daisies. You can even learn to draw an entire forest! Then, you can fill your landscape with furry friends using our animal drawing guides.
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