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How To Draw Tree Leaves.


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I extend the trunk shape up.  As before, it’s thicker towards the bottom, and comes to a point on top.

When drawing the smaller branches, don’t try too hard. Just let your hand take the lead and they will turn out to be more bent and crooked. Everyone has their own view and ideas, so every tree will look different.

If you want to paint the tree you might want to add more space between the branches than if you were to just draw and color the tree. Draw the tree slowly. Shade the leaves and sections of the tree. A good thing to try for leaves is to dip a piece of sponge into some undiluted paint and just dab it gently onto your tree.

Try to be focused and have patience. Using a 0.5 mm pen helps when drawing branches and leaves. Free hand the leaves then go back and add detail. Use a pencil in case you make mistakes. Picture the finished product in your mind as you draw the tree.

Don’t use any sort of pen because if you mess up then you will have to start over, as you can’t erase pen. Add to some rough lines to the trunk and branches to show texture. On your first sketch, don’t use pen, or anything that cannot be erased.

Draw the leaves with patience. See that leaves don’t overlap each other.

Use a coloured pencil to lightly shade the area of shade. The shade will usually appear where the sun/light can not reach.

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Shade the trunk a bit, and then start shading the leaves that are towards the back.

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.

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Draw the smaller twigs. Remember that smaller twigs branch off of larger ones and even smaller twigs branch off those.

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.

Define the leaf areas in the foreground, and add some branches coming up behind them, also a few roots.

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.

Alright, here is tree number one.  I call this one “Tree # 1”.  🙂

Draw as much bark detail as possible. this is where detail matters Add shadows and lines to make your work more realistic.

I add a small triangular shape on top with straight lines all moving to the top.

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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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.

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Drawing a detailed tree is not all that hard. The first thing you will need is a little time, peace and quiet, good concentration, and a great sense of nature.

I start with a line and the general shape that I would like the crown to be.

Use brighter colours. Also make the background blur and create a 3D sensation.

With the side of my pencil I added some shadow to where the leaves are going to be.

Whichever you prefer! If you’d like your tree to look shaded in certain spots, I would use colored pencils.

‘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!

…but no, I had to go and add squiggly lines to indicate leaves.

Too often kids (and adults) draw trees which ends in a stump, and has a semi round crown on top of it.  Here I start by doing that, and then work on it some more.

You may print out a picture from the Internet and try to trace the branches.

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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.

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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.

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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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.

Would it be better to use colored pencils or acrylic paint to add color to the tree?

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.

Make the trunk thicker.  It is thick towards the bottom and the roots, and narrows closer to a point toward the top.

Have some of them be different shades of the green or brown or whatever color you’ve chosen, and make them not all the same shape. You could also add some falling leaves, if the season is right.

The same thing with the branches. They are thicker toward the base and narrower towards the tip.  Easy-peasy.

Add some main branches.  Because the wind is blowing, many of the branches are leaning to the right.

Drawing well takes practice and keen observational skills. Don’t get discouraged, just keep working on it.

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.

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…

Well, that depends on the look you prefer the tree to have. If you want the tree to look young, try to give the trunk a light brown; for an older tree, color it deep brown. For the leaves, if it is in spring, a light green; in summer, dark green, in autumn, give it a golden yellow or light orange.

Also take note of the shade.

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There you go! My trees are all done.  Now go and practice some trees of your own! Play around, and draw some amazing trees!

I kept working on the leaves, occasionally using my eraser to add highlights, until I was somewhat happy with it.

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I decided that the tree shouldn’t just hang in the air, so I gave it more grass, and shaded in the background.

Make the leaves or flowers. Drawing them individually is nearly impossible and boring, but be sure to make each one unique. Nothing in nature is exactly like anything else of the same kind.

I added some more detailed leaves, but they could also be berries, or flowers, or what ever else you would like.

If you want roots on the tree draw them in the same kind of style the rest of the tree is. Make them curved if you want. There is something about drawing roots on this website.

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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.

Draw light when first starting.Then outline the drawing darker. Do not draw the foliage until the very end.

Draw the trunk of the tree and draw your way up. Details don’t matter for now, just draw the general shape of the tree.

Drop leaves and take a photo of them falling. Then print it and copy it in your drawing. Use natural colors and shapes.

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.

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Then I went all out and decided I am going to use my eraser and add some sun rays coming out of the corner.

Observe and try to get it into the paper. Start with one of the main branches and the main twigs.Make sure that you draw the tree big.

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.

A bit of grass, and some textures on the ‘umbrellas’, also make the ‘umbrella’ textures thicker on the bottom and thinner on top.

I added more details to the trunk, made more squiggly branches, and added some shading to the ‘umbrella’ portions.

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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 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.

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!!!

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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.

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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.

Make the branches thicker, and add some more small branches.

Even more small branches, making the bush thicker and thicker.

Pencil (lighter tones for detail and heavier tones for shading)



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Find the right report texture, The surface structure you`re working on will certainly make a big distinction towards the effects you can easily create. This is certainly referred in order to as the grain or even `tooth` of the papers . A rough tooth is definitely more visible, and the particular ridges will grip the particular colour from your pencils. Which has a smooth tooth, the particular ridges are very great , and there`s less grasp . Healy finds this sort of paper provides the easier surface for mixing coloured pencils, although your woman warns that it`s furthermore easy to perform the color off the surface.

Start off lightly and build by there, Once i start painting , I plan and check out using loose lines, plus avoid committing too soon along with hard, dark lines, claims Chiu. As I improve my lines will transform , so checking and rechecking my work is crucial . I darken my ranges and add details with the end. I do not give attention to one area with regard to too long to stop overdrawing. Begin with an underdrawing, Artist Tim von Reuden likes to start using a digital underdrawing of which he prints at 1 per cent Opacity. Earlier mentioned , you can view the underdrawing associated with his sketch of a new woman holding a personnel . He explains, I adore to keep it lighting so that it provides for a foundation rather than a new final image.

Rescue their life from your comfort zone, Whilst these pencil drawing methods should help you know the essentials in the moderate , sometimes you need to be able to toss the rules out there of the window and discover what works for a person . There`s nothing wrong along with stepping outside of the particular box if it indicates achieving the effect a person want, says Healy. Learning from your errors will occur when an individual step outside of that will box. But don`t become intimidated! The process will be entirely fun.

Utilize the right eraser, There are usually a few several types of eraser, and each is best suited to various things. You`ll definitely need a kneaded eraser. This has some sort of putty-like consistency (it`s oftentimes known as putty eraser), and you knead this before and after employ . A kneaded eraser is definitely best for lightly finding up the coloured pad binding off the report . This works wonders whenever correcting mistakes, or in case you`re deliberately lifting color from an area like the eyes, says Healy. A new gum eraser has some sort of more solid consistency, plus is better if you`re trying to fully remove a coloured-in area. Vonseiten Reuden continues: I highly believe in letting pure intuition take over in the particular creation process so We work with the underdrawing more as a standard . Therefore the final effect varies.

Know if you should prevent , The majority of performers tend to tinker with their own work - even right after they`ve signed their brand . I can always discover something to change in the event that I look hard more than enough , so it can get difficult to inform when the piece is truly completed , says Chiu. However, be skeptical of overworking your part . `Eventually, I make some sort of conscious decision to set my drawing away in addition to start something new, they continues. `That`s when I actually consider my drawing completed

Unify your shades , Having an uniform strategy to colour may help take cohesiveness to your do the job . It`s a good thought to make sure that will your artwork has unifying colours, says Healy. `This consists of a specific colour palette, mood plus a way of spreading these types of throughout the entire art part . In addition, she indicates creating a harmonious basic by using tinted document or adding a backdrop wash of colour (in paint). This will display through whatever you take a nap on top of this , thus giving it the appearance of cohesion. Whenever I use coloured pencils, I`m fond of employing tinted paper produced simply by Kraft.

Try combining pencils along with watercolour, While pencils in their own may be used to generate a wealth of various effects, it can end up being interesting to combine these other media. For instance , in her work, Healy loves to combine watercolour plus coloured pencils. It`s crucial to get started with watercolour in addition to then layer coloured pencils on top, she describes , because pencils can make a waxy surface of which repels liquid, and helps prevent the watercolour from placing into the paper. This kind of is a fun approach to try out, the girl says. Both mediums have got unique qualities and designs . Combining the two factors provides an impressive medium all associated with its own.

Master mixing up , Healy has a particular process for blending the woman coloured pencil work. The lady depends on an format , to check the kind is proper before doing to coloured pencil (it`s much harder to clear off coloured-in areas than a great outline). It also assists her plan where typically the highlights and shadows will certainly fall. She then forms up colour using refined layers. I love in order to start out with very soft gentle layers to acquire a better thought of illumination placement, shadows plus the color palette, she says. Right after each layer she mixes gently using the blending together stump. Once she features reached a stage she`s happy with, she goes on to the last step: adding an put together . For this final level , Healy uses coloured pencils alone, and does certainly not blend with a stump.

Draw on your individual experiences, Dip into your current experiences to add an unique layer of authenticity for your piece, suggests Healy. Therefore using something like a new memory, feeling or aroma when making your work. Intended for example, the special sense you experienced when sitting down down with a good friend with a coffee shop, or perhaps a memory of your years as a child experience. You can get abstract or use hyperrealism. Whatever you decide to choose makes typically the piece unique to a person . I`ve found that folks resonate with these bits the most.

Consider different approaches to sets out , The following drawing technique fears line weight. As effectively as demarcating different items , lines can help stress shadows. Thicker lines may fade and disappear to the shadows, which can aid convey the 3D kind , explains Chiu.

Utilize correct grip, The first action is always to master how to be able to hold a pencil effectively . Chiu recommends holding typically the pencil as you could the piece of charcoal, plus taking advantage of typically the side of the guide to draw, rather compared to the point. This will help maintain your pencil sharper intended for longer. When covering huge areas, I shade together with my pencil perpendicular in order to the line I`m attracting to get wide, very soft lines, he adds. With regard to details, I hold our pencil parallel to our lines to get razor-sharp , narrow marks. The sole time I use typically the thing is when I`m working on intricate information

Mix up covering techniques, There are tons of different pencil sketching techniques relating to covering . Chiu uses two major approaches. The first will be with all the outlines going in the exact same direction. `This makes our shading appear more natural, and helps my particulars pop out from the particular lines I`m using with regard to shading, he explains. Typically the second method involves operating in patches of covering , to help define form . Patches of lines circumvent the form, which support keep things in point of view , he says. It is in addition great for backgrounds and even creating texture.

Develop your skills with these kinds of pencil drawing techniques, intended for both graphite and female pencils. These pencil pulling techniques from top musicians will allow you to take your painting skills one stage additional , whether you`re using graphite pencil or coloured pencils. For many artists, pad drawing is the talent that introduced them in order to the art world, plus even if you`ve managed to move on to a different method , understanding how to attract with a pencil could help you transform your abilities elsewhere. These pencil pulling techniques cover from the particular basics of mark-making in order to advanced processes to drive you out of your own comfort zone. We`ll also provide advice on the equipment and materials you want to know, such since blending stumps, paper alternatives , and different erasers. When you`re a total starter , or just want to be able to upgrade your kit, get a look at our own guide to the very best pencils.

Beyond that will , different artists have distinct approaches to lines instructions you need to get the style that`s best suited for you. I choose to use a distinctive outline in my art , whether it is using thin traces or bold outlines, ` says Healy. It can easily help pinpoint the audience`s eye to a selected area. In addition, it gives a new stylised look, if of which is what you happen to be hoping to achieve. Chiu, however, prefers a diverse approach. I try to be able to avoid outlining my sketches because this tends to be able to make things look toned and deadens the THREE DIMENSIONAL effect. Breaks and areas in my lines display form in the lamps and shadows.

Check and recheck, Before you begin more powerful lines and detail do the job , it`s essential to ensure you have the correct kind down. Chiu`s advice will be to check and check out again. Need to nail lower my drawing`s underpinnings just before I can add information . I really avoid speculating in the details: I need to make sure anything is symmetrical and appear right before writing tougher and harder lines. He or she also suggests considering the work in a reflection or through a digital camera . Considering different vantage factors is a great solution to highlight if anything is usually crooked. I constantly request myself, does this sense right? If anything looks off - even in the event that I can`t immediately place my finger on which this is #NAME? believe in my gut and troubleshoot my drawing before moving forward

Guard your paper, This is definitely a valuable pencil sketching technique for beginners: place a piece of papers under me to stay away from smudging your drawing whilst you`re working. It seems like apparent , but it can end up being the downfall of some sort of great piece of function ! Healy also prefers to be able to mount her paper upon a board, attaching this using a layer associated with matte medium. This allows keep things neat, plus provides an excellent surface in order to work.

Create material , Fabric can range by sleek and shiny to be able to matte and dull. Just how you shade it can help sell the thought of the material you`re attempting to depict. In this drawing , von Reuden is intending to be able to capture the golden folds up of material found within the original image. They began by outlining typically the shapes and blocking out there parts of shadow.

Use contrasting concepts, 1 drawing technique Healy makes use of in her work is definitely to use contrasting aspects within a piece regarding work, for instance, juxtaposing beauty and ugliness. I will use the beauty involving colours, flowers, the gentleness of skin or locks , plus the female form. I am going to also tend to work with something which is opposite in order to all of that, like bones, insects, sharp tooth , or anything that may well provide discomfort to the particular viewer, she elaborates. `Somehow this provides an unique principle to a piece. Specially when the `ugly` parts significantly harder to spot from first. To me it is a very stark representation involving what life is just like

Categorise your own fabric, Von Reuden points out how one can add value in addition to shading to create even more layers of depth in addition to weight. He admits that will , when drawing and re-creating fabric, the types associated with wrinkles created can most be placed under a few separate categories: hanging/relaxed, stretched/tension, and scrunched/compressed. Hanging textile tends to be unfastened and have a moving appearance. Stretched fabric produces long lines, usually using a point of assistance . Compressed fabrics bunch directly into each other, creating scrunched-looking areas.

Use a stump with regard to soft blending, How a person blend your work can easily have a big effect on the final result. Intended for a soft blended result , try a blending stump. After each light coating , I very gently combine the coloured pencils using the stump, says US-based artist Jennifer Healy. Avoid push too hard or even the colour will stay , making it more challenging in order to softly blend. I do it again this process as frequently web site need. After a lot of layers it produces a new very soft and sensitive look. This technique takes a little trial and problem , though. Healy warns that will if you blend also softly, the stump may pick up colour that will you`ve already layered around the paper.


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