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Drawing Trees: How To Draw A Tree Step By Step
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 Starting Sketch
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
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
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
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 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.