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After all the shapes and lines are sketched in, detail and tone can be added. The key is to get the basic structure 
down first. Everything else will fall into place afterwards. But to draw that tree (or anything for that matter!)  to get that basic structure  we need to stop seeing the tree as a tree. Turn off your brain; look for a collection of lines and shapes and you can draw anything!

Next, I will rough in the positive shapes in the trunk and start adding some detail

Notice how the trunk is not just a cylinder.