A bit of grass, and some textures on the ‘umbrellas’, also make the ‘umbrella’ textures thicker on the bottom and thinner on top.
Then I went all out and decided I am going to use my eraser and add some sun rays coming out of the corner.
This tree was especially fun to draw. I started to draw it by drawing the ovals for the leaf parts. I decided on four, but if you want more, that would be quite awesome too! Then I added some squiggly lines coming down to the same area for the tree trunk.
This tree is more of a bush. All the branches are coming out from the bottom, and growing to about the same size. I start with five main branches.
One more little thing I noticed is that I needed to give myself extra space. I would usually run out of space for the tree much quicker then I thought I would.
I added some more detailed leaves, but they could also be berries, or flowers, or what ever else you would like.
For me drawing trees is all about branches and the crown, and fining a balance that you are happy with. There are many amazing artists, books and tutorials out there all about drawing trees. For example, THIS BOOK is very good, and my kids and I enjoyed it in the past.
This first shape is going to be the framing for the top of the tree or it’s foliage. Start by drawing an egg shape.
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Make the trunk thicker. It is thick towards the bottom and the roots, and narrows closer to a point toward the top.
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If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even add shadows that the branches are casting on the rest of the tree. Actually, at this point, I really liked what this tree was coming out like, and maybe I should have kept it as a winter tree…
There you go! My trees are all done. Now go and practice some trees of your own! Play around, and draw some amazing trees!
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Add some main branches. Because the wind is blowing, many of the branches are leaning to the right.
I added some clouds, shaded the water, drew a sand line, and some tall grass on the hill. The tall grass is also leaning in the winds direction. I also darkened some of the leaves a bit.
Even further, I got eraser happy and made more rays coming out through the tree and on the ground below it. Tree # 1 is all done!!!
I decided that the tree shouldn’t just hang in the air, so I gave it more grass, and shaded in the background.
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And here you have it, a simple tree that everyone can enjoy and love. Wasn’t this one of the easiest trees you ever drew. Just color it in and you’re all done.
Here is more branches. Here is the thing about the branches. The thick, main branches are stronger, so they will not be as affected by the wind, but the smaller branches will all point in the direction of the wind.
Now each one of the main branches gets a few branches of their own, but smaller and added a squiggle on the bottom to indicate a bit of grass.
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I start with a line and the general shape that I would like the crown to be.
This tutorial is my take on drawing trees. For these drawings I used a regular sketching pencil, though the same principal applies to other mediums as well. I also adjusted all the sketches in Gimp 2 so that they are more visible, so there will be a slight variation between the photos.
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Shade the trunk with straight lines. Decide on where the sun will be and add shadows to the areas facing away from the sun.
With the side of my pencil I added some shadow to where the leaves are going to be.
Keep adding the branches with needles to about half way, and then sketch a few empty branches. Thicken the trunk. Add a shadow to the tree.
And keep working on the crown. Just doodling away until you feel your tree crown is complete.
I added more lines to create thicker trunk branches, added more branches going out to the ‘umbrellas’ and added a few empty branches as well.
I added more details to the trunk, made more squiggly branches, and added some shading to the ‘umbrella’ portions.
Shade the trunk a bit, and then start shading the leaves that are towards the back.
…but no, I had to go and add squiggly lines to indicate leaves.
The same thing with the branches. They are thicker toward the base and narrower towards the tip. Easy-peasy.
I extend the trunk shape up. As before, it’s thicker towards the bottom, and comes to a point on top.
Next, take that egg and draw out a cloud like shape for the lumpy line pattern for your tree top.
Draw out the tree trunk as well as the three prong root system, and then erase the one circle you drew in step one to clean up the drawing.
I erased the stump line and gave the tree a few branches, but instead of doing the way I did the above trees, I ended them half way and will cover them up with leaves.
Alright, here is tree number one. I call this one “Tree # 1”. 🙂
Make the branches thicker, and add some more small branches.
Even more small branches, making the bush thicker and thicker.
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‘How to draw a tree?’ is a question that I get asked often, online an offline, so I decided to make this tutorial here. I made 7 drawings of various trees with step by step instructions. I hope you all find it helpful!
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Even more smaller branches splitting off from the bigger ones. I also pick an spot where the sunshine is coming from. I also shade the trunk a bit, using long straight lines.
This was the first tree I actually drew, and I wasn’t too thrilled about it, but here it is anyway. I start as before, a line for the trunk, and a circular shape for the crown.
I add a small triangular shape on top with straight lines all moving to the top.
Define the leaf areas in the foreground, and add some branches coming up behind them, also a few roots.
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As before, I drew the line and the crown, but this tree is being bent by the wind, so the tree will be bending down a bit.
Here is another very simple submission coming your way and this time you will learn a very basic way to “draw a tree for kids”, step by step. There really isn’t too much more I can say about trees because I’ve said so much already. Over time I have submitted all kinds of tutorials on all sorts of different trees. Even though there are a wide variety of tree lessons submitted on Dragoart, some of you young and novice artists still have complications when it comes to drawing a very simple tree. I think this tutorial will help you overcome your hurdles which will enable you to draw a tree perfectly. You can add some really pretty spring or summer flowers to the grounds bedding area, or you can choose to color some white stuff in and make the background a winter wonderland. Whatever you chose I’m sure it will be great. Have fun people, and remember to try out this submission that will show you “how to draw a tree for kids”. I guarantee you won’t regret that you did!….
I kept working on the leaves, occasionally using my eraser to add highlights, until I was somewhat happy with it.
Alright, now leaves are squiggly lines drawn with the side of my pencil. Some of them are flying off, so more small squiggles. I also add a horizon line: where the water meets the sky and some grass on the hill.
Putting my pencil sideways, I shade in the area in the crown where the leaves are. I am going in a sort of irregular pattern of peaks and troughs.
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I keep working on the crown, now by adding some layers, and outlines. I also erased the line that was giving me the initial crown shape idea. When shading, keep in mind where the sun is coming from: areas facing the sun should be lighter then the areas facing away from it.