How to color tree bark with colored pencils


How to colour realistic tree bark

Achieving a realistic tree bark texture with colouring pencils is no easy task. In this tutorial, originally shared on our YouTube channel, professional colouring pencil artist Jo Barber guides you through the process of colouring the texture of tree bark.

In this tutorial, Jo is colouring a page from our Colouring Heaven Wildwood Witches Special. For more detailed instructions, click the video below and colour along with Jo!

1 – Find inspiration and references

When drawing something in nature, looking at references can be really helpful! If you can, why not go outside with a phone or camera and take pictures of tree bark near where you live? You can get a real feel for the unusual and unique texture. You can also look for images online that are royalty free.

There are lots of different types of trees and therefore different types of bark. In this tutorial, Jo is using an oak tree and a lime tree for her reference, but you could be inspired by any kind of tree.

2 – Mark any areas of moss

If you want to include some areas of moss on your design, it’s a good idea to mark these out first, so you don’t accidentally colour over them. Use a fairly light colour just to mark out the initial places where your moss will be.

In nature, areas of moss are fairly random, so you don’t need to be too precious about how it looks, especially at this stage.

3 – Choose a colour palette

Think about the context of your scene – is it winter, spring, summer or fall? Let that inspire your colour choices. Jo’s colouring page is a cold and wintry scene, so she opts for more shades of grey, rather than bright browns.

4 – Emphasis the groves and texture

Using firm pressure and a dark colour, accentuate the lines of the tree in your design. To create a realistic texture, you can also create your own groves and marks on the tree. Pay attention to any crevices, cracks, or exposed areas of the tree, as well as any additional details like patches of snow or moss.

Remember that in nature, the patterns of tree bark can be random and irregular, so be careful not to make yours too uniform or symmetrical.

In the video below, Jo explores how to colour tree bark by creating or emphasising a whirl texture on your tree, so give that a watch for more detail.

5 – Add a foundation colour

Add a foundation colour with your lightest pencil. Trees have a rough texture that tend to run in vertical patterns, so replicate this with the movement of your pencil with zig zags and directional strokes. Avoid small circles or smooth shading.

Go over your darker lines, to start to blend them a little bit. To achieve this subtle blending, Jo recommends using fairly firm pressure when colouring.

6 – Introduce shading

At the moment, your texture is coming along nicely, but your tree may be looking very two dimensional. Now we need to introduce shading, by thinking about the direction of the light and the light source. In Jo’s design, she considers the light of the candles and the moon, but you might consider any light source in your design, or make them up if you can’t see them.

Think about where your darkest areas will be – where the light won’t be able to get to. You can then start using a range of colours to make these areas darker. Because you want your tree to have plenty of texture, you don’t have to be too careful about your markings.

7 – Add more emphasis to groves

Now that we’ve added some colour and shading, go back in with a very dark pencil with a sharp point, to emphasise the groves of your tree. You want to really deepen the centre of your groves and marks.

You can also use this very dark colour to add a small amount of shading to the darkest parts of your tree.

8 – Add highlights and depth

If you feel it’s needed, you can add highlights by using a rubber or eraser to lift some of the colour.

To add some depth to your tree, you can try bringing in a warmer, slightly brighter colour to some areas. Add it gently and randomly to add depth, warmth and texture.

9 – Colour your moss

The last step is to add more colour to your moss. Using a warm green, go in and add very small, round markings to create a mossy texture, but leave some of the lighter green showing through in the lightest areas. Continue to add darker shading using the same technique.

If you want to, you can merge your moss with your bark by subtly blending your dark green into the brown texture of your tree.

Now you know all the secrets to achieving a realistic tree bark texture on your colouring pages! We hope you enjoyed colouring along with this how to colour tree bark tutorial – don’t forget to watch our video tutorial for a more in depth guide by our colourist Jo, and you can also watch a full speed colour of this design by Jo here.

PS Take a look at our last tutorial about how to colour translucent fairy wings!

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How to draw tree bark

How to draw tree bark

l have been asked for a tree bark tutorial. So here it is! The good news is that drawing tree bark using colored pencils is very forgiving. As long as you have lots and lots of tiny marks, dots and lines and lots of layers it usually works out all right!
The biggest tip is to take a really good look at your reference photo before you start. Study it well so that you are familiar with the shapes and colors of the particular bark you are drawing. They are all very different. Some barks have lots of horizontal lines, others have curving vertical ones, some barks peel a lot, some are very smooth, some very textured. Get a feel for the bark before you begin.
lf you are familiar with the textures the placement of the marks does not matter too much unless you are going for photo perfect match. In real life no one can tell when looking at your bark if you have put a dot or line a cm or two from where it is on the photo.
​The shapes of the marks, the colors you use and the contrast are the most important parts.

Step 1

Step one is a very basic sketch of the piece of bark. I am outlining the shape using Caran D’ache Pablo’s in Vandyke Brown. I roughly mark in the darkest areas with this too using a very light pressure. I am creating a guide for the later layers. This particular bark has a lot of light patches on it. I use Holbeins in Jaune Brilliant and Salmon Pink to mark our these patches and use Holbein Shell Pink to color the lightest area along the top of the bark.
When this is done l cover the whole of the palest top part of the branch with a layer of Holbein Sea Fog and the whole of the darkest under part of the branch with a layer of Faber Castell Polychromos in Caput Mortum.
l try to bring in as many interesting colors as l can in the early stages so that it does not end up a boring, flat brown. This particular bark had a lot of purple in the brown and a lot of salmon pink in the markings on the bark.

Step 2

In step 2 l just want to add a few more colors and some of the obvious marks. I use Polychromos in Burnt Sienna to draw in many of the lines and splits in the wood. I add Holbein Misty Green to some random patches. I use a layer of Pablo’s Mauve over the brown and also lightly over the lightest upper part of the branch. Then l use Polychromos in Terra-cotta and Sanguine to deepen and define a little more the pink patches.

Step 3

ln step 3 l start to darken the darkest areas and define the darkest lines and marks using Polychromos Walnut Brown and Dark Sepia and Pablo’s Vandyke Brown. I then take some Holbein Shell Pink and work little random marks over the dark areas to add texture.
At this point l blend using OMS. Tree bark is about the only time l ever use anything to blend. I use it here because l want to smudge the colors together a bit and l am not worried if the colors dirty each other here - it is tree bark - it is brown. I just want a nice soft blend.

Step 4

Now l have created a nice base in step 4 l define and sharpen everything. So the pink patches are now defined and textures added using Holbein Coral and Polychromos Indian Red. I use Polychromos Dark Sepia to really darken the shadows and the darkest parts of cracks and crevices. I take Pablo’s Vandyke Brown over much of the pink patches creating shadow and depth. Finally l take a light color Holbein Shell Pink and make more tiny random marks to add more texture.

Step 5

In the final step l am concentrating on making the branch look three dimensional. Here l am shading rather than creating marks. I use Polychromos Burnt Sienna to warm some areas while adding Pablo’s Grey Black in tiny circles to add shadow and texture to the top light part of the branch. I use Polychromos Walnut Brown to add more shadow to the underside of the branch. Finally l use Polychromos Black very sparingly to get the very darkest shadows and Caran D’ache Luminance in Buff Titanium to add a few highlights.

How to draw a tree bark step by step 8 lessons

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CONTENTS:

  • How to draw a tree bark
  • How to draw the bark of an apricot tree
  • How to draw a birch bark
  • How to draw oak bark
  • How to draw willow bark
  • How to draw a walnut bark
  • How to draw an apple tree bark
  • How to draw the bark of a cherry tree

The bark is the topmost layer of any tree, which is involved in the regulation of respiration. Covers the entire trunk and every branch. It also becomes a protection against insects and small animals that can damage the plant. The bark has a characteristic color and texture. Therefore, in this lesson, let's try step by step to depict a small piece of bark with a simple pencil at the sketch stage, and then color it colorfully and voluminously with colored pencils and make the outline with a black marker.
Necessary materials for drawing the bark of a tree:

  • sheet of paper of a suitable size;
  • colored pencils from the set;
  • black fine-tip marker;
  • soft eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • sketch pencil.

How to draw a tree bark

  • Step 1

    Let's designate the area for the tree bark as a small area in the center of the leaf. We draw it with a simple pencil, which should be well sharpened. We create the upper and lower edges with “torn” lines to give characteristic features.

  • Step 2

    We draw in more detail the outline of a piece of bark with a simple pencil and draw a few lines in the middle to further draw the texture.

  • Step 3

    We create the thickness of our piece and add additional lines in the middle, which will help to get the correct texture of the bark on the fragment.

  • Step 4

    We work on the resulting pencil sketch with a black marker with a thin rod to get a beautiful outline. At this stage, you need to remove all construction lines with a soft eraser tip. Only then it will be possible to move on to the next one, where we will color the drawing with colored pencils.

  • Step 5

    We paint over with a brown pencil the entire piece of bark on our sheet of paper. We don't go over the edge.

  • Step 6

    Let's add a new brown tint to the bark, which will embellish and create volume.

  • Step 7

    We draw in more detail the tree with a dark brown pencil. Let's add strokes with this color near the folds and contour lines with small strokes.

  • Step 8

    We will also enhance the shadow with a black pencil, and with a white marker or pen we will draw subtle highlights that will “enliven” fragments of the image. Let's get a colorful and voluminous drawing of the bark of a tree on our sheet of paper.

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw the bark of an apricot tree

Apricot bark has its own characteristics, which we will draw on a sheet of paper and color it colorfully.
Materials needed for painting apricot bark:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's outline the future area of ​​the cortex in the form of a rectangle. We give it thickness in the lower part, and in the middle we draw the first lines of the texture.

  • Step 2

    We refine the lines in the middle of the rectangle to get a sketch of the texture of the bark of the apricot tree, which has its own characteristic features.

  • Step 3

    We are now working on the resulting sketch with a black liner or marker. We remove the extra details with an eraser.

  • Step 4

    Adding a basic light brown tone to the apricot bark.

  • Step 5

    We draw the bark with dark brown and black, and then add strokes with a white marker. The drawing is ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a birch bark

Let's draw step by step a beautiful birch bark with its striped texture. We use improvised materials for this.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's designate a piece of birch bark with a rectangular shape in the center of a sheet of paper.

  • Step 2

    Add thickness to the bark on both sides.

  • Step 3

    Starting to outline the texture of the bark with horizontal lines of different lengths. We place them on rectangles in a chaotic manner.

  • Step 4

    Add some thickness to some areas to make the details on the bark look more natural.

  • Step 5

    We process the resulting sketch of birch bark with a black marker.

  • Step 6

    We paint over the areas with a black pencil.

  • Step 7

    Now go over the white area of ​​the bark with gray to give it some highlights.

  • Step 8

    Add some beige tones to the bark and finish with a white gel pen that can add subtle highlights to the black areas of the bark. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw an oak bark

Oak bark is interesting for its texture, which we will draw in this lesson step by step. We use only improvised materials to make the drawing beautiful for everyone!
Prepare for drawing:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's outline the future piece of bark in the form of a rectangle. Add thickness on the right side.

  • Step 2

    Start painting the texture of the oak bark on the left side. We draw elements with a small thickness.

  • Step 3

    In the center, the pattern will consist of vertical lines. They may be thin. We will also add small elements.

  • Step 4

    On the right side there will be roundings on the bark. We draw them in the form of parts with a small thickness.

  • Step 5

    Draw with a black marker all the lines of the drawing.

  • Step 6

    Completely paint over a piece of oak bark with a brown pencil.

  • Step 7

    We paint over the elements with a thickness with a dark brown pencil. We also add a shadow on the general background.

  • Step 8

    We create a shadow in the drawing with a black pencil, but with white we can create highlights on the bark. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to Draw Willow Bark

Let's draw a piece of willow bark, which has its own unique texture.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Mark a piece of bark on a sheet of paper with a simple pencil. The contour is created in the form of lines.

  • Step 2

    We outline the veins on the bark that will create the texture.

  • Step 3

    Draw the outline of the bark with a black marker.

  • Step 4

    Now draw a piece of willow bark with colored pencils. First, use a brown pencil. They create the base tone. Then we will add black, with which we draw a shadow. We finish with a white gel pen. We draw glare with it. As a result, we get a beautiful drawing of a three-dimensional piece of willow bark with a texture.

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a walnut bark

Walnut bark has its own unique texture. Therefore, you can safely learn how to draw it on a piece of paper.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    We mark the area with a simple pencil in the form of a rectangle.

  • Step 2

    We begin to draw the texture of the bark of the walnut tree with simple lines and arcs.

  • Step 3

    Work through each line of the drawing with a black marker to get the outline of a piece of walnut tree bark and its texture.

  • Step 4

    Create a base color with a dark brown pencil.

  • Step 5

    Now paint the shadow on the bark with a richer and darker brown tone. Finish off with a black pencil and optionally use a white gel pen to draw subtle highlights. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw an apple bark

Let's draw a piece of apple bark step by step, which has its own characteristics.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's outline the future zone for the bark of the apple tree in the form of a rectangle. We make the edges not very neat to show naturalness. Adding thickness for the bark.

  • Step 2

    We begin to outline the texture of the bark of the apple tree using vertical lines of different lengths.

  • Step 3

    Now let's move on to the detailed drawing of the bark. We start on the left side and smoothly move to the right. Here it is very important to add small details to the main ones in order to get the right texture for the apple tree.

  • Step 4

    Finishing the lines and details for the texture of the bark of the apple tree on the right side.

  • Step 5

    We draw all the obtained lines of the drawing with a black marker.

  • Step 6

    Brown over the bark of the apple tree to get the base tone.

  • Step 7

    Now work out the shadow with a darker shade of brown.

  • Step 8

    In addition, we use a black pencil for shadow, as well as a white gel pen. With its help, we will depict various glare. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a cherry tree bark

On a piece of paper, draw a piece of cherry tree bark with a characteristic texture for this tree.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • pencil HB.
  • Step 1

    First, draw a rectangular area with a simple pencil, which will become a piece of bark. We give it uneven edges and a small thickness.

  • Step 2

    Draw the bark texture in the middle of the drawn area. Basically it will be horizontal sections.

  • Step 3

    Fill in the sketch lines to get the desired outline.

  • Step 4

    Use a brown pencil to create the base tone for the cherry bark. Some areas will have a more saturated hue.

  • Step 5

    In addition, we use a black pencil, with which we draw areas of the texture. We draw highlights with a white gel pen or marker. So the drawing of the bark of a cherry tree is ready.

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a tree bark step by step 8 lessons

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CONTENTS:

  • How to draw a tree bark
  • How to draw the bark of an apricot tree
  • How to draw a birch bark
  • How to draw oak bark
  • How to draw willow bark
  • How to draw a walnut bark
  • How to draw the bark of an apple tree
  • How to draw the bark of a cherry tree

The bark is the topmost layer of any tree, which is involved in the regulation of respiration. Covers the entire trunk and every branch. It also becomes a protection against insects and small animals that can damage the plant. The bark has a characteristic color and texture. Therefore, in this lesson, let's try step by step to depict a small piece of bark with a simple pencil at the sketch stage, and then color it colorfully and voluminously with colored pencils and make the outline with a black marker.
Necessary materials for drawing the bark of a tree:

  • sheet of paper of a suitable size;
  • colored pencils from the set;
  • black fine-tip marker;
  • soft eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • sketch pencil.

How to draw a tree bark

  • Step 1

    Let's designate the area for the tree bark as a small area in the center of the leaf. We draw it with a simple pencil, which should be well sharpened. We create the upper and lower edges with “torn” lines to give characteristic features.

  • Step 2

    We draw in more detail the outline of a piece of bark with a simple pencil and draw a few lines in the middle to further draw the texture.

  • Step 3

    We create the thickness of our piece and add additional lines in the middle, which will help to get the correct texture of the bark on the fragment.

  • Step 4

    We work on the resulting pencil sketch with a black marker with a thin rod to get a beautiful outline. At this stage, you need to remove all construction lines with a soft eraser tip. Only then it will be possible to move on to the next one, where we will color the drawing with colored pencils.

  • Step 5

    We paint over with a brown pencil the entire piece of bark on our sheet of paper. We don't go over the edge.

  • Step 6

    Let's add a new brown tint to the bark, which will embellish and create volume.

  • Step 7

    We draw in more detail the tree with a dark brown pencil. Let's add strokes with this color near the folds and contour lines with small strokes.

  • Step 8

    We will also enhance the shadow with a black pencil, and with a white marker or pen we will draw subtle highlights that will “enliven” fragments of the image. Let's get a colorful and voluminous drawing of the bark of a tree on our sheet of paper.

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw the bark of an apricot tree

Apricot bark has its own characteristics, which we will draw on a sheet of paper and color it colorfully.
Materials needed for painting apricot bark:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's outline the future area of ​​the cortex in the form of a rectangle. We give it thickness in the lower part, and in the middle we draw the first lines of the texture.

  • Step 2

    We refine the lines in the middle of the rectangle to get a sketch of the texture of the bark of the apricot tree, which has its own characteristic features.

  • Step 3

    We are now working on the resulting sketch with a black liner or marker. We remove the extra details with an eraser.

  • Step 4

    Adding a basic light brown tone to the apricot bark.

  • Step 5

    We draw the bark with dark brown and black, and then add strokes with a white marker. The drawing is ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a birch bark

Let's draw step by step a beautiful birch bark with its striped texture. We use improvised materials for this.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's designate a piece of birch bark with a rectangular shape in the center of a sheet of paper.

  • Step 2

    Add thickness to the bark on both sides.

  • Step 3

    Starting to outline the texture of the bark with horizontal lines of different lengths. We place them on rectangles in a chaotic manner.

  • Step 4

    Add some thickness to some areas to make the details on the bark look more natural.

  • Step 5

    We process the resulting sketch of birch bark with a black marker.

  • Step 6

    We paint over the areas with a black pencil.

  • Step 7

    Now go over the white area of ​​the bark with gray to give it some highlights.

  • Step 8

    Add some beige tones to the bark and finish with a white gel pen that can add subtle highlights to the black areas of the bark. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw an oak bark

Oak bark is interesting for its texture, which we will draw in this lesson step by step. We use only improvised materials to make the drawing beautiful for everyone!
Prepare for drawing:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's outline the future piece of bark in the form of a rectangle. Add thickness on the right side.

  • Step 2

    Start painting the texture of the oak bark on the left side. We draw elements with a small thickness.

  • Step 3

    In the center, the pattern will consist of vertical lines. They may be thin. We will also add small elements.

  • Step 4

    On the right side there will be roundings on the bark. We draw them in the form of parts with a small thickness.

  • Step 5

    Draw with a black marker all the lines of the drawing.

  • Step 6

    Completely paint over a piece of oak bark with a brown pencil.

  • Step 7

    We paint over the elements with a thickness with a dark brown pencil. We also add a shadow on the general background.

  • Step 8

    We create a shadow in the drawing with a black pencil, but with white we can create highlights on the bark. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to Draw Willow Bark

Let's draw a piece of willow bark, which has its own unique texture.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Mark a piece of bark on a sheet of paper with a simple pencil. The contour is created in the form of lines.

  • Step 2

    We outline the veins on the bark that will create the texture.

  • Step 3

    Draw the outline of the bark with a black marker.

  • Step 4

    Now draw a piece of willow bark with colored pencils. First, use a brown pencil. They create the base tone. Then we will add black, with which we draw a shadow. We finish with a white gel pen. We draw glare with it. As a result, we get a beautiful drawing of a three-dimensional piece of willow bark with a texture.

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a walnut bark

Walnut bark has its own unique texture. Therefore, you can safely learn how to draw it on a piece of paper.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    We mark the area with a simple pencil in the form of a rectangle.

  • Step 2

    We begin to draw the texture of the bark of the walnut tree with simple lines and arcs.

  • Step 3

    Work through each line of the drawing with a black marker to get the outline of a piece of walnut tree bark and its texture.

  • Step 4

    Create a base color with a dark brown pencil.

  • Step 5

    Now paint the shadow on the bark with a richer and darker brown tone. Finish off with a black pencil and optionally use a white gel pen to draw subtle highlights. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw an apple bark

Let's draw a piece of apple bark step by step, which has its own characteristics.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • HB pencil.
  • Step 1

    Let's outline the future zone for the bark of the apple tree in the form of a rectangle. We make the edges not very neat to show naturalness. Adding thickness for the bark.

  • Step 2

    We begin to outline the texture of the bark of the apple tree using vertical lines of different lengths.

  • Step 3

    Now let's move on to the detailed drawing of the bark. We start on the left side and smoothly move to the right. Here it is very important to add small details to the main ones in order to get the right texture for the apple tree.

  • Step 4

    Finishing the lines and details for the texture of the bark of the apple tree on the right side.

  • Step 5

    We draw all the obtained lines of the drawing with a black marker.

  • Step 6

    Brown over the bark of the apple tree to get the base tone.

  • Step 7

    Now work out the shadow with a darker shade of brown.

  • Step 8

    In addition, we use a black pencil for shadow, as well as a white gel pen. With its help, we will depict various glare. Ready!

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a cherry tree bark

On a piece of paper, draw a piece of cherry tree bark with a characteristic texture for this tree.
Materials needed:

  • sheet of paper;
  • colored pencils;
  • black marker;
  • eraser;
  • white gel pen;
  • pencil HB.