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Drawing Trees: How To Draw A Tree Step By Step

Updated on July 06, 2014
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Wayne Tully is an Artist who draws horror art from his imagination and he creates drawing tutorials and resources to help other Artists.

Drawing Trees

Drawing trees are easy and a good practice to do for either a landscape drawing or just for the sake of drawing a tree, I for one take photos of trees because I like the many ways trees look different and individual to each other.

Here I will go through a very simple process to draw a tree and most certainly not to be stressed over as everyone draws things in their own way. Drawing a tree is about looking at it from different angles and seeing how it looks in different lights, I suppose I am a tree geek and that's why I often take photos of trees, so that I can later draw all of the interesting bark details at my own leisure.

So if you've ever wondered how to draw a tree, then look no further and see how I approach it below after a tree photo of course!

One thing to note, this is not how to draw a realistic tree or anything, as you'll see below, it's about taking what you see and making your tree drawings work for you in your own style, because an original tree drawing can be better than a copied version of an existing tree captured in all of it's realism.

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Tree Reference Photo

Tree branch reference photo...give da tree a hug!
Tree branch reference photo...give da tree a hug!

Tree Starting Sketch

A simple starting sketch of your tree trunk.
A simple starting sketch of your tree trunk.

Tree Drawing: The Beginning Stages

In our first drawing step, we need to provide the base for our tree to stand, so we need to establish the trunk and roots, a picture of reference is very useful for the inexperienced artist and you can learn a lot from real life tree photos.

Draw two lines that are parralel to each other and let the curved lines slope off to the bottom like in the sketch below...

Branch Drawing For Your Tree

Here the branches have been added and they are not overly complex, so chill out!
Here the branches have been added and they are not overly complex, so chill out!

Drawing The Branches

The next step is to draw in some random branches and these I liken to lightning in the sky, just try to think of branches as highly detailed fork lightning, it is just up to you how thick you wish the branches to be, drawing the branches will quickly bring your tree drawing to life.

And so you are now ready to add some leaves to your tree or you could just leave it bare for an autumn tree by finishing off the branches by sketching them smaller and smaller to the tips, whichever you decide, try to give your tree a sense of form and spread them branches out.

Adding Leaf And Details On Your Tree Drawing

Notice that the leaves have been sketched in large shapes rather than one by one.
Notice that the leaves have been sketched in large shapes rather than one by one.

Drawing In Leaves

As you have drawn the branches in a way were they have no ends like in the above picture, you can the start to add leaves or clump shapes of leaves, draw rough outlines of the leaf shapes as a whole instead of individual leaves, as an artist it's not so much sometimes about the detail, it's about the overall drawing as a whole, so long as your drawing looks and resembles a tree, it will be interpreted by others as a tree.

Also I've added a few tree bark lines in, to mark out the wonderful linework of the trees skin, I will ink this later.

A Complete Tree Drawing

Inked with a fine black gel pen, see how some of the trees texture looks like it should, leaves and tree bark.
Inked with a fine black gel pen, see how some of the trees texture looks like it should, leaves and tree bark.

Finishing Off Your Tree Drawing

 In the last step you can add some shading to your tree to define the textures or add some colour to add more realistic textures and tone, particularly on the leaves and the bark of the tree.

All in all, tree drawing is rather a simple process and one of many living subjects that can be learnt to draw very easily as something that will stick in your head forever.

Drawing can be as simple and as difficult as you make it, so just keep sketching and learning on your artistic journey.

How To Draw A Tree

How to draw a tree, drawing tutorial of drawing a tree.
How to draw a tree, drawing tutorial of drawing a tree.

How To Draw Trees Books That Teach You More In Depth

How To Draw Tree Bark

Drawing tree bark in detail is a short video of me drawing the bark of a tree branch. There is so much more to the texture and look of a tree, but this will do for now!

Drawing Tree Bark Detail

Drawing Tree Branches

Draw Tree Branches

Tree branches are very simple to draw, even the very suggestion of the branches with quick sketch gestures look great. Just have a go at drawing every aspect of a Tree. Draw from observation and every angle until you can draw them in your sleep.

Drawing A Tree, How Do You Do It?

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      connor 3 years ago

      will try

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      Henna 3 years ago

      Can you draw a tree with just branches it must be simple so it can help me with my project please

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      rafael 3 years ago

      please help drawing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      lalala 4 years ago

      tooo hard 4 me! haha thx

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      fggfhjt 4 years ago

      so beautifull

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      Wayne Tully 4 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      LOL...who said I was talking to kids?

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      random 4 years ago

      You seem like a weirdo talking to young kids about drawing bush...you should be investigated. Cheers!

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      craftdrawer 4 years ago

      I use to draw trees when I was bored at work! I think I will get started at this again great Hub!!

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      Wayne Tully 4 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Stupid is as stooped does!

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      non ya 4 years ago

      this is so stooped

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      I just love the way you drew and designed that tree I thing I will try to make one like that for my next flash cartoon. Thanks for adding.

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      sinem 4 years ago

      CL?CKSNADS I AGREE WITH YOU

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      Nae Nae 4 years ago

      Who made this tree? I love it!!!

      Make more,MORE!!!!

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      liz 5 years ago

      U ROCK IT TOATALY HELPED!!!

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      (__________) 5 years ago

      OMG!!! thanx so much...I mean tis really helped me......

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      chad 5 years ago

      it is useful

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      hanna 5 years ago

      beautiful its hard for me i hate all of u fu

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      asdfghjkl; 5 years ago

      this tree looks so hard but is very

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      row s 5 years ago

      this is wick :)

      what is it again ;)

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      It looks hard but it sooooooooooooooooooooooooo easy!!!!!!!!

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      aysha 5 years ago

      its very useful

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      Alecia 5 years ago

      I love it

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      5 years ago

      Great tip now i can use it for art thank you!!!!

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      MARIA 5 years ago

      IM 11 I FOUND IT EASY I DREW IT IN 5 MINUTES ONLY (OF COURCE FREESTYLING SOME BITS) THIS WAS GREAT HELP THANX ^_^ :*

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      mackenzie 5 years ago

      this is a very tree

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      JessieLi 5 years ago

      This is so cool (:

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      John Chandra 5 years ago

      I have to get back into drawing soon!

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      me 5 years ago

      im only 10 and i drew that (in my opinion) really well!!!!! :)

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      Clodagh 5 years ago

      how do you draw a tree it is so hard

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      poopy 5 years ago

      this is so helping me

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      Wayne Tully 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Sure I'll draw some bush lol!

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      KaleX 5 years ago

      Could you show how to draw bush

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      steve 5 years ago

      this is great

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      Unknown 5 years ago

      Hey, Good job. I would love to turn out to be a great artist like you. I made a really great tree. The tree is supposedly for my Birthday Board for my schoolmates. Since im one of the student councils. And i thought of an idea for september for an autumn tree. with gathered up some leaves. Great Job. I know everyone would love it. ;)

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      taiba 5 years ago

      its good but difficult.......

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      njs39 5 years ago

      This is great! This def helps me w/ my trees. To make them look more life like. Thanks.

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      lindsay sharp 5 years ago

      this is so stupid.i dont get y ppl come here.

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      ANGEL (: 5 years ago

      hello, i just popped on this site to check it out! :P ausome work (:

      keep it up!.x.o

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      chris 6 years ago

      cool

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      Cheesey cheese man 6 years ago

      hello ther i like cheese

      could you reate a hub about cheese and how to draw it.

      I have about 16 mice at home so it's hard not to have pictures of cheese.

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      megan jensen 6 years ago

      wow this is so good

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      waka waka wizz 6 years ago

      Wow I am doing an art project and this helped m eout so much thank you so very very very muchhh!!!!!!

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      basketballlover 6 years ago

      i could draw before, but trees were not my forte. now i can draw them with ease! thanks!

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      tt 6 years ago

      i loved drawing this it was very simple and turned out amazing for my project

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Debby!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      This is the first I've hopped over to the drawing section on Hubpages. Looking forward to seeing more of your drawings. Nice feeling to the pencil. Lovely.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Drawing horses is quite fun.....I might just do a drawing article about that!

      Cheers now!

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      hannah 6 years ago

      i love drawing horses, but the problem is i live in nyc and never see any horses except for the ones that are on the streets but ive drawn so many of those!

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Best thing to do is to take a photo of your dog and then draw it, it's so much easier!!

      Cheers now!

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      Ellie 6 years ago

      your really good at drawing, i draw my dog sometimes, but it is hard because she is a dalmatian and they go 100 mph all the time.

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      violet 6 years ago

      thanks now i know how to draw trees better now (:

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there Msann!, yes they are different ways to draw trees and when I was at school I drew trees in lots of different ways, from v shaped green leaves to hanging droopy branches....

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      msann1949 6 years ago

      Thanks for the notes. I have been drawing trees for sometime now. But I don't do them that way. I started out one night when I was working in dispatch where I work. I start with a line and the next thing I know I have a tree. Over the years I have got better. But, I do like to check out how other people draw them. The old saying practice makes perfect is true. I have a scanner, but haven't figured out how it works, I could send you a copy and see what you think. Again, thanks

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Anamika I do have more drawing lessons planned in my unpublished hubs, it's just scanning the art into my computer to do it and my scanner has been playing up for awhile!

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      Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome! I look forward for more lessons.

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      jbfan 6 years ago

      cant draw a stupid tree how dumb an i i need it 4 a project

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers! trees are good to draw!

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      prowork 6 years ago from Marietta , Ohio USA

      I love this and I like the way you use the picture.

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      MsCoupe84 6 years ago from Nashville, Memphis, TN

      you do make it look easy but as i artist i must say it hard for me to teach someone how to draw

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I remember when I was at school there was certain ways you could start to draw trees in different ways, I'll have to do another hubpage on the subject, because that would help even more...thanks for giving me the idea and your comment cheers DF!

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      DebtFreedom 6 years ago

      trees are hard to draw; great hub for beginners and novices. trees are often neglected in practice

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Jolly Good show, trees are the best to draw!

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      redactic 6 years ago from usa

      Wow, now I can draw a tree that looks like a tree! I have no gift for the visual arts but I'm sure, with your hub, I will start drawing. Yes, just a tree first.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Practice makes perfect!

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      shark 6 years ago

      i think the tree is very hard to draw

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It is quite easy to draw trees, but a lot of practice along the way helps a lot!

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      hghgfd 6 years ago

      you do make it look easy

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Your welcome! trees are great to draw!

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      Grace  7 years ago

      this helped sooo much! thank you! im horrible at drawing and this really helped me a lot thank you!

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      Emily 7 years ago

      wow this has helped me a lot now i know how to draw trees! well done

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yay draw some trees!!!

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      fiona 7 years ago

      thanks!I can draw now.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Kev!

      I may add some stuff to this at a later date!

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      KevCC 7 years ago

      Good tutorial Wayne.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks again Nancy!

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      You are just amazing!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Franciaonline for your comment!

      Yeah I like that how to draw a car hubpage, it was super useful to learn to draw cars! I have something similar planned but with helicopters and tanks...that sort of thing!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Quicksand!

      I already have all 30 mapped out, it's just writing them up together with some of the keyword research I did last week.

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, now I can draw a tree that looks like a tree! I have no gift for the visual arts but I'm sure, with your hub, I will start drawing. Yes, just a tree first. Maybe a car next, because around here is a hub on how to draw a car. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Good luck to you in the hub challenge. I see you have used the Hub-Challenge icon. :)

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I like happy trees...and I may just add a tree drawing video here too....something for the future of tree drawers...cheers oscillationatend!

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      This needs a Happy Trees video. ;P

      Thanks man..if I had any type of motor skillz, I'd totally do this. I'll ask my niece.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Heeeeyyy! a long time since you logged in here.

      Yes I have been living here for a long time, tis true am now participating in the hubchallenge where we have to do 30 hubpages in 30 days and it started today!!

      Gonna try it??!

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      ClicksnAds 7 years ago from Fairmount

      You make it look so easy.

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