Drawing A Palm Tree On A Card

Drawing a Southern California palm tree on a card.
Drawing a Southern California palm tree on a card. | Source

Residents of places such as Southern California will see many picturesque palm trees on daily walks. Originally, palm trees were planted along roads to help people locate where their houses were back when orange fields covered this region. Over time the palm tree has remind an iconic symbol of Southern California, and unfortunately these One thing I enjoy doing is gazing up at the palm fronds blowing in the wind, and noticing how these beautifully contrast against the cerulean on a sunny June day.

Recently I decided to make a handmade card and draw a picture of a palm tree on it because I wanted to create something vibrant to celebrate the beauty of Southern California. There is the assumption you need fancy crafting paper to make a card, but a beautiful card can be constructed by folding a blank sheet of paper in half, and simply drawing a pictureon it. Palm trees are easy to draw because this are basically long stems with fronds draping down, so you should experiment and have a little bit of fun when it comes to drawing your own palm trees. I decided to shade in my palm trees with colored pencils for this project. The handmade card for my project is a quarter-fold card made out of blank computer paper.

I drew a palm tree on the front of the handmade card.
I drew a palm tree on the front of the handmade card. | Source

The first step to creating my card was to draw a picture of the palm tree on the front. This palm is like many seen here in Southern California with a tall and thin trunk, and thin and narrow fronds.

Coloring in the parts of the palm fronds that are a bit shadowy.
Coloring in the parts of the palm fronds that are a bit shadowy. | Source

I use a dark green colored pencil to add the darker portions of the palm tree fronds.

Coloring in the lighter portions of the palm fronds.
Coloring in the lighter portions of the palm fronds. | Source

I used a lighter green colored pencil to create the highlights on the palm fronds. The contrast between the dark and the light colors on the palm tree gives the illusion of dimension to the drawing.

In this stage of the drawing I have added more of the light green highlighting to the palm tree fronds.
In this stage of the drawing I have added more of the light green highlighting to the palm tree fronds. | Source

In this stage of my drawing I continued to add more light green to the palm fronds.

In this phase of the sketch all of the fronds of the palm trees have been colored in.
In this phase of the sketch all of the fronds of the palm trees have been colored in. | Source

The palm tree looks like it has a bit more dimension now that all of the fronds have been colored in.

This video illustrates how the palm tree fronds have now been colored in. I love the alternating light and dark green pattern I used for the fronds, which gives dimension to the palm tree.

I used a sepia and brown colored pencils to shade in the trunk of the palm tree.
I used a sepia and brown colored pencils to shade in the trunk of the palm tree. | Source

I used a sepia and brown colored pencil to shade in the trunk. The sepia color was used to create the shadow effect on the trunk of the palm.

Here is my completed palm tree drawing with the beautiful aqua colored sky.
Here is my completed palm tree drawing with the beautiful aqua colored sky. | Source

I used an aqua colored pencil to fill in the sky surrounding my palm tree. My enthusiasm always is running high when I finish a drawing for a card, and now I am going to scan it so I can print out more cards with this illustration.

This video shows what the completed palm tree cards look like with its brilliant colored pencil hues. There is no better way to capture the beauty of Southern California than drawing a picture of one of our many palm trees. Did you know palm trees were originally planted in Southern California as a way to demarcate where people lived among the orange fields that were once prevalent in this area? Only the Washingtonian palms are native to the SoCal region, and the rest of the palms were imported from other regions.

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logoonlinepros 4 years ago from Houston

I must appreciate this great effort. I really enjoyed this precious article with beautiful design ideas. Thanks for everything SweetiePie.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Logonlinepros,

I appreciate your comments!


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

Wow! This is really cool, art attack!! ^_^ Thank you for sharing.


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incomeguru 4 years ago from Lagos

I wish i could be as creative as you are in drawings. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.


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logoonlinepros 4 years ago from Houston

My comment is not better than this beautiful and creative work....:) Once again thanks.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Logoonlinepros,

I never deleted your comments, but these showed up in my spam file for some reason. Hubpages seems to have an odd idea about what it calls spam. Sorry, because I really value your comments!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for your comments, pinkhawk and incomeguru!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a neat idea for a hub! The steps seem easy to follow with the way you lay out the hub.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, CristyWrites!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is a great tutorial with easy to follow instructions. You certainly did a great job on this hub and one I am going to bookmark.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Carol!

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