How to Draw a Palm Tree
This tutorial will show you how to draw a realistic-looking palm tree and is appropriate for all skill levels, from beginner to expert.
What You Will Learn In This guide
This palm tree guide is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities; use the interactive table of contents to jump to the sections you want to read or skip ahead to learn more about how to grow palm trees in a tropical or temperate climate.
A Quick Preview of All Steps
We’ll go over each step in great detail, but it’s a good idea to look at the big picture with all of the steps before you start your drawing. iReport.com/how-to-draw-a-palm-tree
How to Draw a Palm Tree Realistically
Use a light, careful hand and an eraser to ensure your palm tree looks realistic; it’s fine to draw freehand and use slightly wobbly lines; palm trees have an irregular shape, so don’t be concerned if your lines aren’t perfect.
Let’s Get Started: Draw Guidelines for your Palm Tree Silhouette
We start our palm tree drawing by sketching the guidelines of a palm tree silhouette. Palm trees have long, slightly curved trunks with a full plume of leaves at the top. To ensure you get the shape and proportion of your palm tree right, start by drawing a few simple guidelines.
Step 1 – Draw two guidelines to get the proportions of your palm tree sketch right
To help you with this stage of the drawing, draw the guidelines for your palm tree sketch using the image below as a guide.
Step 2 – Add a few extra guidelines at the top
Next, add a few guidelines to outline the top of the palm tree trunk. It’s important to get your guidelines in roughly the right proportions because we’ll be erasing them in the steps that follow, so don’t worry about how the tree looks right now. Add a few extra guidelines at the top for extra height and size.
Step 1 – Outline The Palm Tree Trunk In Your Drawing
Use the image above as a guide to ensure the trunk is not too thin or thick, and don’t be afraid to erase and re-sketch the outline if necessary.
Step 2 – Round the base of the palm tree trunk
Next, draw a slightly rounded base for the trunk’s bottom. If your trunk appears too straight and perfect, lightly sketch over the outline; remember, a wobbly trunk outline is fine because it adds to the overall effect.
Step 3 – Add texture to the palm tree trunk
To recreate the trunk of a palm tree, lightly draw in horizontal lines going up the trunk that are slightly curved to indicate the cylindrical shape of the trunk and add texture.
Step 4 – Darken the texture of your grooves to make your palm tree drawing realistic
Once you’re happy with the texture of your grooves, you can slightly darken your lines to give the trunk a realistic look of volume; this doesn’t require a heavy hand or a three-dimensional effect like in the image below.
Step 5 – Erase the guidelines of your palm tree drawing
Next, carefully erase the guidelines you drew at the start of this guide, making sure you’re happy with the overall proportions of your palm tree drawing before proceeding.
Step 6 – Add tone to your palm tree trunk
The tone in a picture is the range of light to dark colors, and how tone is applied varies depending on the medium. We can easily add different tones to the drawing in this guide by applying more or less pressure. Add tone by giving different tones to the different pieces of your trunk.
Step 7 – Darken the bottom of your trunk
Use upward strokes of the pencil to darken the base of the trunk; the overall effect should be a subtle gradient, starting dark at the bottom and becoming lighter as you go up the trunk, as shown in the image below.
Step 8 – Draw the Outline of Your Palm Leaves
When you look at a palm tree, you’ll notice how the leaves curve out and bend down. To recreate this look, start by drawing curved lines from the top of the trunk, with the shortest lines near the bottom and the longest at the top.
Step 9 – Create the Shadow of the Palm Leaves
To mimic the shadow cast by the palm leaves, shade the top of your trunk darker; don’t worry if you don’t know how the leaves will fall just yet; we’ll come back to this step once your palm tree leaves are finished.
Step 10 – Darken the Edges of the Palm Tree Trunk
To add volume to your palm tree drawing, add a subtle darker shading to the trunk edges, which can be seen on both the left and right vertical edges of the trunk. Darken the edge of the palm tree trunk in the image below.
Step 11 – Add more details to the Texture of the Trunk
In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll look at how to add texture to the texture of our trunk, starting light and slowly and gradually increasing the darkness as we go. It’s always best to start light when working on a project.
How to Draw a Palm Tree Leaf
Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw a tree’s leaves?
Step 1 – Sketch the Basic Shape of the Palm Leaves
Draw rounded leaf shapes around the guidlines, making sure they are elongated and thinner at the tips. Don’t worry about making the leaves perfect at this point; all you need is a basic outline, which will be erased later.
What color is the trunk of a palm tree?
Tall varieties can reach a height of 20 to 30 m, while dwarf varieties are much shorter in stature. Trunk is light greyish brown in color, smooth, and marked with rings of leaf scars.
Are palm leaves edible?
While the leaves of the palm tree are too tough to eat, they have been used for building materials, paper, and some varieties produce edible fruits such as the coconut, date, and acai berry since ancient times.
What is the meaning of palm leaves?
1a or palm-leaf hat: a hat woven of palm fiber. b or palm-leaf fan: a fan made of palm leaf. 2a or palm-leaf fan: a fan made of palm leaf.