How to Draw Trees
If you don’t know how to draw, you might end up drawing something too simple or literal, which isn’t how a real tree looks. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw an oak tree, a pine tree, and a weeping willow.
What You Will Need
A common no 2 pencil, also known as HB, is very universal, but it isn’t ideal for every task; we need softer pencils to achieve darker shades.
To avoid your strokes being registered by your camera or scanner, draw a very general form of the final image with a few subtle lines and dots. You can learn more about this method in How to Start a Drawing: 5 Methods for Beginners.
The trunk of a larger tree is shorter and thicker.
Continue drawing the oak tree branches until you reach the top of the tree, getting lower as they get longer.
To make each branch look more natural, add more branches using the same method as before, but keep the strokes subtle so they don’t affect your final realistic oak tree drawing.
Leave a few spaces unfilled to reveal the branches beneath, which form the most interesting structures.
Decide where the eye should appear before you begin shading.
How long will it take you to draw the texture of a tree? Take your 2B pencil and make sure it’s sharp and precise; remember that white areas are important because this is where the texture will be created in the end.
The fewer black parts in the picture, especially if you’re using colored pencils, the more impressive it will appear.
To sketch the leaves in your tree drawing, use your HB pencil and some loose curls of hair, drawing them as loose curls in a jerking motion, just like William Blake’s famous Leaves of the Tree illustration from Shakespeare’s The Trainspotting.
Use the 2B pencil to draw darker curls on the shadowed side, as well as a mini-crown for each branch (the small “clouds” you drew earlier).
To simulate the thin, barely visible branches of a real tree in the natural world, use the 2B pencil to add loose leaves around its base and small “crowns” for branches.
To improve the contrast of the crown in your realistic oak tree drawing, use the softest pencil to add a few dark accents in the deepest shadow. Also, make sure that all the “clouds” appear slightly darker than the “sky”u2014leaves are not transparent! You can achieve this effect by adding more leaves with the HB pencil in the lighter areas of your realistic tree drawing.
Again, we’ll start with a very broad outline of the pine tree drawing, this time with an HB pencil and light strokes.
Make a rough sketch of the branches in your tree illustration; there’s no need to be precise.
Draw the “clouds” on the pine tree branches in the same way you did on the oak, but this time they should be narrower and more ragged, with a lot of empty space between them.
Draw the trunk’s outline, making it long and narrow.
Shade the pine tree trunk drawing with the 2B pencil… and then add the darkest shadow with the softer pencil for this step of your pine tree drawing.
Instead of using curls to fill in the “clouds” of your pine tree drawing, make the strokes sharp and chaotic.
Draw needles all around the outlines of the “clouds” with the 2B pencil, making them thin and sharp.
Using both soft pencils, draw the branches and darken them.
With the 2B pencil, add more needles to the “clouds.”
Shade the “clouds” in this tree drawing with the softest pencil; if you want, you can simply make all of the “clouds” darku2014evergreen trees are usually quite dark.
Finally, between the branches of your simple and realistic tree drawing, draw a few dark (fully shadowed) “clouds” with the softest pencil.
We’ll start this tree illustration in the same way: first, draw the general shape of the weeping willow tree, which should resemble a fountain.
Make the willow tree trunk drawing’s outline.
Draw the branches that protrude from the tree’s trunk in your drawing… and then pull them down.
In your simple tree drawing, draw the outlines of the “clouds,” which are shaped more like curtains this time.
Using the 2B pencil, add a darker shade to the willow tree trunk and branches drawings.
For this step of the tree drawing, use the softest pencil to shade the trunk and branches.
Draw braid-like strokes along the curtains with the 2B pencil, bending a little on top of the curtains in your tree illustration.
Draw darker, thicker braids in between the curtains to provide shade.
Draw dark curtains from the other side of the tree with the softest pencil, and add leaves to the braid-lines to make them more detailed.
Your Tree Drawings Are Done!
As you can see, drawing trees is fairly simple as long as you focus on their appearance rather than their definition. But this is only the beginning. Do you want to become a true master of tree illustrations? Take a sketchbook and go for a walk around trees. Observe the ones you pass and try to draw tree sketches of them as quickly as possible.
How do you draw a pine tree easy?
When it comes to drawing pine trees, the possibilities for creative expression are endless!
- Step 1: Draw a Base and Trunk. Your pine tree will need a base to stand and grow on, so just a simple horizontal line will suffice.
- Step 2: Draw the Pine Tree Shape.
- Step 3: Draw Branches.
- Step 4: Outline Your Drawing With a Pen.
How do you draw a tree with branches?
- Draw one side of the tree.
- Add the other side.
- Turn it into a Y shape.
- Draw two larger branches below.
- Draw two more branches below.
- Add random shorter branches.
- Draw a bumpy tree line around it.
How do you draw a pine tree with watercolors?
To begin, paint a pine tree.
- Mix your color by combining Phthalo green and ivory black to make a dark green.
- Paint the Top of the Tree. Begin painting a thin, short line down from the top of your watercolor paper.
- Fill in More Branches.
- Create the Trunk.