How to draw a creepy tree

How to Draw Spooky Trees - Step by Step with Pictures

Spooky Tree Drawings for Beginners

Drawing creepy, spooky, or scary drawings can be a lot of fun no matter what time of year it is. But learning how to draw spooky trees is especially fun in the fall.

These trees make great themes for artist trading cards, and they look good as a creepy tree silhouette too. Most of all, they are fun and easy to draw. So let’s get right into it with some basic supplies needed for your drawings.


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Art Supplies

  • Drawing paper or sketchbook
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Outlining Markers


Fall Tree Silhouette

Let’s begin by looking at how a normal fall tree would look. The tree below is just a simple, normal looking tree without any leaves on it. There is nothing spooky about it. This tree would be perfectly fine if you were drawing come kind of peaceful winter or late fall scene.

However, it is not how you want to draw your trees if you are drawing something for Halloween or a scary, spooky drawing.


How to Draw Spooky Trees Step by Step

Now let’s take a look at drawing a tree that is much less peaceful and calm. We’ll go step by step through drawing a spooky tree more suitable for a Halloween scene.

Start by lightly sketching out the shape of the trunk. Draw your pencil lines very lightly so you can go back over and refine them later. I prefer to use a mechanical pencil for most of my drawings.


Next, add in some branches that will be the main structure of your tree. When drawing your branches, avoid making the line too straight. Draw in some bumps and curves as they reach out on the page.


Continue working on your branches, adding in curved areas. Vary the size, shape, and direction of your branches to make your tree look more interesting.


Spooky Faces

Finally, add a face to your spooky tree. This step is completely optional. I like drawing my trees both with and without faces. If you choose to add a face to your drawing, you can draw it out like a jack-o-lantern face.

This style of a spooky face goes really well with these types of drawings. And there’s a ton of different ways to draw your faces. You can add even more variation to your drawings by changing how big, or small, you draw the faces compared to the size of your tree.

Keep in mind that if you want your faces to look scary you’ll want to draw your lines with pointed corners. If you draw your faces with rounded edges, they’ll have a cuter feel to them.

Continue working on your sketch until you’re satisfied with how it looks. This is where you want to work through the size and shape of your spooky tree. Don’t be afraid to let the branches go off the edge of your paper.


When you’re finished with your sketch, move onto filling in your tree with black.

Use a black outlining marker to trace over your pencil lines and to fill in your tree. For larger areas, you can use a brush pen. Spooky tree silhouettes are creepier than if you were to add bark or other colors to the tree. However, if that’s something you’d like to try then go for it. Especially if you’re making your drawings small.

The great thing about creating art is the freedom to experiment and do whatever you feel like doing. Art should be fun, so have fun with these.


Spooky Tree Silhouette with Background

The final step is to add in a background. You can also add some color to the face if you’d like. I used a Sharpie highlighter to color in my face. They are really bright and I use them quite a bit in my work.

For the background, I used several different gray markers. There are too many options for your background to mention them all here. You could also add bats or owls to your drawings.


Spooky Tree Drawing Ideas

The whole point of this lesson is to draw spooky trees. What makes a tree look really scary is when you can imagine it coming to life and grabbing you. Your tree needs to be animated as if it is living in a human like way. The branches could look like arms or can twist and bend, as if it’s reaching for something.

The more gnarly looking your tree is, the better. This will make your final drawing look spookier and far more interesting. Below are several different types of spooky trees drawn on artist trading cards.

For more information on this type of mail art, take a look at How to Make Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).


How to Draw Spooky Trees – Step by Step with Pictures

Thank you for stopping by and reading how to draw spooky trees. There are so many different ways to make your scary tree drawings. You can make a wide range of faces. Or leave the faces off and just draw the trees.

What about drawing in some extra critters on some of the branches. You could add in a cat, owl, hanging bat, or anything else you could think of. Maybe add a hole to the tree with just some glowing eyes and your observers can decide for themselves what’s inside.

You’re only limitation is your imagination. But if you do several drawings you’ll find that your creativity will start to explode and the ideas will begin coming to you.

Give them a try. Make it a 7 day spooky tree drawing challenge and see what you can come up with.


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How to Draw a Spooky Forest

Learn how to draw a great looking Spooky Forest with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial. You can now easily create a beautiful Spooky Forest drawing.

Complete Spooky Forest drawing

Jump to the step-by-step instructions.

Forest ecosystems are found all over the world. Because they are home to predatory animals, many forests have become linked with danger in the human psyche.

European folklore and mythology have many examples of dangerous, spooky forests. Classic fairy tales hold that forests are the home of mischievous sprites, fairies, and elves.

In classic tales such as "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Hansel and Gretel," children who roam the forest paths alone are dangerously abducted.

These stories may have served as a teaching aid, making children reluctant to wander off alone.

In the visual arts, spooky forests are often depicted as if the trees are "dead" - devoid of leaves, as when deciduous trees lose their leaves in the autumn in temperate regions.

These bare, skeletal forests seem to portend the fate of any who may wander there. Spooky forest settings are commonly seen in Halloween decorations.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

Would you like to draw a creepy cartoon forest? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Graveyard, Tombstone, and Haunted House.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Spooky Forest

How to Draw a Great Looking Spooky Forest for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a large circle. This will become the full moon. Below it, draw a curved line across your page. This is the horizon line, where the ground meets the sky.

Easy Spooky Forest Drawing - Step 2

2. Begin drawing a gnarled old tree. Use two wavy, curved lines for the trunk. Use curved lines that meet in a "V" shape to create a fork in the branches. Draw more forked branches and gnarled limbs coming off the trunk.

Easy Spooky Forest Drawing - Step 3

3. Draw a few more short tree limbs, using pairs of curved lines that meet at points. Draw another root using a curved line. Texture the bark of the tree using curved and spiral lines. Then, draw a second tree. Again, use curved lines to create the trunk and branches. Allow the branches to fork, bringing the lines together in "V" shapes.

Easy Spooky Forest Drawing - Step 4

4. Continue drawing small branches on the second tree. Allow the limbs to fork until they become individual lines. Then, draw a third tree using the same methods.

Easy Spooky Forest Drawing - Step 5

5. Draw more trees in the distance. Because they are farther away, they will appear smaller. Use pairs of lines to create the trunks, with the branches forking into individual curved lines.

Easy Spooky Forest Drawing - Step 6

6. Next, draw a graveyard in the distance. Draw overlapping curved lines to texture the uneven ground. Use curved lines to sketch rounded tombstones, with another line at the edge to give it a three-dimensional appearance. Draw a pentagon-shaped or five-sided tombstone, with parallel lines on one side for a 3-D effect. Use thick lines to draw "t" shapes, indicating crosses.

Easy Spooky Forest Drawing - Step 7

7. Draw "C" shaped lines to indicate the craters of the moon. Then, draw several bats silhouetted against it. Use curved lines to outline the bats' ears, wings, bodies, and feet.

Add More Details to Your Spooky Forest Picture - Step 8

8. Draw more trees in the distance, using pairs of lines for the trunks and larger branches. Allow these to fork into single curved lines.

Complete the Outline of Your Spooky Forest Drawing - Step 9

9. Draw more trees in the far distance, completing the forest.

Color Your Spooky Forest Drawing

Color your spooky cartoon forest. Dark colors are often used.

For more great Tree drawing tutorials, see the 21 Simple Tree Drawing Ideas post.

Easy, step by step Spooky Forest drawing tutorial

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How to draw a Halloween tree step by step 4 lessons

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  • How to Draw an Evil Tree for Halloween
  • Video: how to draw a scary tree for Halloween
  • How to draw a tree with a pumpkin, cobwebs and an owl
  • How to draw a cute Halloween tree

In this tutorial you will see how to draw an evil Halloween tree with a pencil step by step.

How to Draw an Evil Tree for Halloween

  • Step 1

    Starting your first step in which you have to draw long lines. Form from the lines of the hand and the trunk of the tree, these will be our guides.

  • Step 2

    Now start shaping the tree from the top to his arms and fingers. We also outline the eyes and mouth with lines.

  • Step 3

    As you can see, the tree begins to gradually take on its evil form. Now let's draw bare branches in the upper part and finish drawing the fingers. Then draw zigzag shaped lines for the eyes and mouth.

  • Step 4

    The last drawing step will be to make the tree look like a tree. Take and draw the lines and patterns of the bark. Add a couple of small branches that will stick out in different directions.

  • Step 5

    That's all your spooky tree drawing is ready to be painted in a gloomy color.

Video: how to draw a scary tree for Halloween

How to draw a tree with a pumpkin, cobwebs and an owl

Without difficulty, every novice artist can draw a scary tree with a pumpkin, cobwebs and an owl for Halloween.
Materials needed:

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

    Let's outline the tree in the form of curved lines. At the bottom, draw circles that will become pumpkins. We begin to draw their forms.

  • Step 2

    Draw the branches of our tree in detail.

  • Step 3

    We also draw carved faces on pumpkins.

  • Step 4

    For the overall picture, add a web under one branch and an owl in the center.

  • Step 5

    We work on the resulting sketch with a black marker along the contour lines.

  • Step 6

    We paint over the branches and bark of the tree with brown.

  • Step 7

    Now let's move on to pumpkins. For them we will prepare orange, yellow and brown colors. We paint over.

  • Step 8

    We select beige or light brown for the owl, as well as green for the grass.

  • Step 9

    At the end, take a black and white pencil to give them light and shadow in the drawing. Ready!

Lesson author: admin

How to draw a cute Halloween tree

You can easily draw a cute Halloween tree with a simple pencil, draw a web on it and give it a cartoony look.
Materials needed:

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

    Let's outline the tree trunk in the form of two side lines.

  • Step 2

    Draw the roots of the tree down and the branches up. On the sides add arms that look like branches.

  • Step 3

    Now we finish the face of the tree in the form of eyes and a mouth.

  • Step 4

    Also draw a simple web on the sides.

  • Step 5

    The resulting simple drawing of a cartoon tree for Halloween is processed with a black marker to give it a cute look.

  • Step 6

    We paint over the crown of the tree and the mouth with brown shades.

  • Step 7

    Add black to the drawing. To do this, paint over the eyes and nose.

  • Step 8

    Finally, we finalize the drawing with black and white strokes to get the coveted volume. Ready!

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How to draw a tree: 35 options for every taste

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Create simple images with markers, paints, pencils and pastels.



How to draw a tree with black marker or felt pen

Frame: DrawinGeek / YouTube

What you need

  • Paper;
  • black marker or felt pen.

How to Draw

Draw a zigzag horizontal line to represent grass. Draw two vertical curved lines. From above, between the parts, make several arcs. Get a trunk with branches.

Frame: DrawinGeek / YouTube

Above the arcs, draw two cloud-like shapes. Behind the figures, make three more, but larger. This is a crown.

Frame: DrawinGeek / YouTube

Show the texture of the bark on the trunk. To do this, draw a lot of curved lines. Also mark several arcs nested inside each other.

Frame: DrawinGeek / YouTube

The full tutorial can be viewed here:

Other options

An easy way for beginners:

Shows here how to draw a cherry:

If you want draw a realistic tree:

Even a child can handle this drawing of a tree:

Unusual drawing of a tree with roots:

If you are going to draw a cartoon tree with eyes:

This tutorial shows how to draw two palm trees:

A fun drawing that is easy to repeat:

: Like ART / YouTube

What you need

  • Paper;
  • colored markers or markers;
  • black liner (optional).

How to draw

With a black felt-tip pen or marker, draw two vertical curved lines. This is a stem. Mark the branches from above with segments. You can use a liner at this stage if you wish.

Frame: Like ART / YouTube

Draw a rounded crown with a jagged outline. Mark wavy segments above the branches.

Frame: Like ART / YouTube

Color the barrel with a light brown marker or felt pen. To show the shadows and texture of the bark, you need a shade slightly darker than the previous one.

Frame: Like ART / YouTube

Make large dark green spots on the crown, leaving some free space. Fill in the empty areas with a light green color.

Frame: Like ART / YouTube

Outline the grass under the tree. With a black liner or felt-tip pen, draw a series of wavy segments on the crown. Emphasize the shadows on the trunk and branches.

Frame: Like ART / YouTube

Details - in the video:

What other options are there

A simple drawing of an apple tree:

Workshop for those who want to draw an autumn tree:

How to paint a tree with paints


What you need

  • Paper;
  • simple pencil;
  • wide brush;
  • gouache;
  • palette;
  • water jar;
  • fine brush.

How to Draw

Draw a long line to show the horizon. Mark the trunk with two vertical lines. It should be narrower at the top than at the bottom.


Draw a V-shaped branch with sharp tips. Add small branches of different sizes. Draw the roots going into the ground - they resemble curved triangles.


On a palette, mix white gouache with a small amount of blue paint. Paint over the background with a wide brush, being careful not to touch the tree. Add white and pale yellow spots to the leaf. So the drawing will look more interesting.


Using a thin brush, cover the wood with brown paint. Then add some black to it and apply the resulting color to the branches on the left. Make light brown and yellow strokes on the trunk and roots.


Use broad strokes to mark the green leaves. Try not to overlap the entire branches: then the image will look more realistic. Mix gouache with some yellow and white paint. This shade should also be placed on the crown.


Draw thin brown branches over the leaves. Make the space below the horizon line light green. Use a more saturated shade to draw individual blades of grass. Outline a black shadow on the trunk on the right.


The full version of the lesson with artist's comments can be viewed here:

What other options are there

A method for those who want to draw a landscape with a tree:

Master class on drawing a realistic trees with detailed artist comments:

Here they show how to portray a birch with watercolors:

And here - how to designate flowers with simple spray:

simple pattern of flowering wood with gouache:

Picture spring, summer, autumn and winter tree at the same time:

Shows how to draw a pointillist tree:

Landscape with several realistic trees:

Even a child can handle this drawing:

How to draw a tree with colored pencils

Frame: Rio Art Club / YouTube

What you need

  • Paper;
  • colored pencils.

How to Draw

Draw two vertical curved lines with a brown pencil. Get a palm tree trunk. Make horizontal strokes along the entire length of the part. This is how you define the texture of the bark.

Frame: Rio Art Club / YouTube

Shade the trunk so that it is darker on the left than on the right. Draw a few short lines at the base. Draw green fruits of different sizes. They are oval in shape.

Frame: Rio Art Club / YouTube

Color in the fruits. To set the direction of growth of the branches, outline curved lines. On the sides of each, make a lot of short dark green strokes. Place them as close to each other as possible. Add a light green tint to the leaves.

Frame: Rio Art Club / YouTube

Use green and black lines to represent the ground below the picture. So it will not seem that the palm tree is floating in the air.

Frame: Rio Art Club / YouTube

The whole drawing process can be seen here:

What other options are

View from below:

Fascinating drawing, which is not easy to repeat:

Beautiful autumn tree:

Here the artist shows how to draw a realistic tree in 40 minutes: 40 minutes:

Try drawing a baobab with pencils on black paper:

How to draw a tree with pastels

Frame: Tiku Art / YouTube

What you need

  • Paper;
  • simple pencil;
  • oil pastel.

How to draw

With a simple pencil, mark a horizontal line at the bottom of the sheet. From it, release two broken vertical lines upwards. Get a tree trunk.

Frame: Tiku Art / YouTube

Draw four massive branches. They are widened at the base, and sharper closer to the tips. In the example, the parts have creases. This makes the drawing realistic. Add small branches directed in different directions.

Frame: Tiku Art / YouTube

Shade the trunk and branches on the right with brown pastel - this will show the shadow. Beige chalk is suitable for the left side of the picture.

Frame: Tiku Art / YouTube

Make dark green spots on the branches, consisting of many small dots. Add a light shade around the edges.

Image: Tiku Art / YouTube

To indicate the texture of the bark, draw small lines on the trunk and branches with a simple pencil. If desired, you can draw several arcs nested inside each other. Sketch the grass at the base of the tree.

Frame: Tiku Art / YouTube

Nuances - in the video:

Other options

Another easy way to draw a realistic tree: