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Easy How to Draw a Tree Tutorial and Tree Coloring Page

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Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Tree and a Tree Coloring Page. This one helps students see how to draw some more realistic looking branches.

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When it comes to learning how to draw a tree, drawing from real life is not really practical or even possible for most elementary art students. Even if they could go outside, not everyone has a nice view of a mature tree, standing all by itself somewhere, that they can sit down and draw. Not to worry though, there are lots of features that trees have in common, so once students learn more about them, they can start to draw more realistic trees all on their own.

Most students start out drawing a tree with a rectangle trunk and cloud shape on top. That’s great when they’re young, and just starting to see shapes. The next step though is to see more of the branch system that they have. This tutorial is made to show students how there is a randomness to the branches, but also a kind of formula to follow too. Adding more detail to drawings will always help them become better at it!

Getting Started with Drawing Guides

The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.

For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the tree needs to start just to the right of the center vertical line. It’s important to sketch that near the middle so the tree ends up centered on the paper. When beginners get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done.

So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big line down the center of their paper before they start? No, that will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. They simply need to fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.

And now, on to the Tree drawing project.

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Materials for How to Draw a Tree

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. Don’t waste your money on the cheapest brand. These make nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a nice dark black color.
  • Crayons. I like this non-toxic brand that is made from beeswax, not petroleum by-products.
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Directions for How to Draw a Step by Step

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Tree

  1. Draw one side of the tree.

  2. Add the other side.

  3. Turn the branches into a Y shape.

  4. Draw two larger branches below.

  5. Draw two larger branches still below.

  6. Add random shorter branches.

  7. Draw a bumpy tree line all around the branches.

  8. Add the leaf details, a ground line and clouds.

  9. Trace the drawing with a marker and color.

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How To Draw A Tree

‘How to draw a tree?’ is a question that I get asked often, online an offline, so I decided to make this tutorial here.  I made 7 drawings of various trees with step by step instructions.  I hope you all find it helpful!

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For me drawing trees is all about branches and the crown, and fining a balance that you are happy with.  There are many amazing artists, books and tutorials out there all about drawing trees.  For example, THIS BOOK is very good, and my kids and I enjoyed it in the past.

This tutorial is my take on drawing trees.  For these drawings I used a regular sketching pencil, though the same principal applies to other mediums as well.   I also adjusted all the sketches in Gimp 2 so that they are more visible, so there will be a slight variation between the photos.

Alright, here is tree number one.  I call this one “Tree # 1”.  🙂

How To Draw A Tree: Tree # 1

I start with a line and the general shape that I would like the crown to be.

Then I add a few lines to indicate the main branches.

Make the trunk thicker.  It is thick towards the bottom and the roots, and narrows closer to a point toward the top.

The same thing with the branches. They are thicker toward the base and narrower towards the tip.  Easy-peasy.

Now each one of the main branches gets a few branches of their own, but smaller and added a squiggle on the bottom to indicate a bit of grass.

Even more smaller branches splitting off from the bigger ones.  I also pick an spot where the sunshine is coming from.  I also shade the trunk a bit, using long straight lines.

Putting my pencil sideways, I shade in the area in the crown where the leaves are.  I am going in a sort of irregular pattern of peaks and troughs.

I finish shading the crown area.

I keep working on the crown, now by adding some layers, and outlines. I also erased the line that was giving me the initial crown shape idea.  When shading, keep in mind where the sun is coming from: areas facing the sun should be lighter then the areas facing away from it.

And keep working on the crown.  Just doodling away until you feel your tree crown is complete.

I decided that the tree shouldn’t just hang in the air, so I gave it more grass, and shaded in the background.

Even more shadows in and around the tree.

Then I went all out and decided I am going to use my eraser and add some sun rays coming out of the corner.

Even further, I got eraser happy and made more rays coming out through the tree and on the ground below it.   Tree # 1 is all done!!!

Tree # 2:  The Seascape Tree.

As before, I drew the line and the crown, but this tree is being bent by the wind, so the tree will be bending down a bit.

I add the hill, and make the trunk thicker.

I extend the trunk shape up.  As before, it’s thicker towards the bottom, and comes to a point on top.

Add some main branches.  Because the wind is blowing, many of the branches are leaning to the right.

Keep adding branches, so far all leaning to the right.

Here is more branches.  Here is the thing about the branches.  The thick, main branches are stronger, so they will not be as affected by the wind, but the smaller branches will all point in the direction of the wind.

I shade the trunk a bit and added some roots to the hill.

Alright, now leaves are squiggly lines drawn with the side of my pencil.  Some of them are flying off, so more small squiggles.  I also add a horizon line: where the water meets the sky and some grass on the hill.

I added some clouds, shaded the water, drew a sand line, and some tall grass on the hill.  The tall grass is also leaning in the winds direction.  I also darkened some of the leaves a bit.

Tree # 3: Pine Tree:

As before, I start with a trunk.

I add a small triangular shape on top with straight lines all moving to the top.

Add more triangular lines on top of one another.

Keep adding the branches with needles to about half way, and then sketch a few empty branches.  Thicken the trunk.  Add a shadow to the tree.

Tree # 4: Umbrella Tree

This tree was especially fun to draw.  I started to draw it by drawing the ovals for the leaf parts.  I decided on four, but if you want more, that would be quite awesome too! Then I added some squiggly lines coming down to the same area for the tree trunk.

I added more lines to create thicker trunk branches, added more branches going out to the ‘umbrellas’ and added a few empty branches as well.

I added more details to the trunk, made more squiggly branches, and added some shading to the ‘umbrella’ portions.

A bit of grass, and some textures on the ‘umbrellas’, also make the ‘umbrella’ textures thicker on the bottom and thinner on top.

Tree # 5: The Bushy Tree:

This tree is more of a bush.  All the branches are coming out from the bottom, and growing to about the same size.  I start with five main branches.

Make the branches thicker, and add some more small branches.

Even more small branches, making the bush thicker and thicker.

With the side of my pencil I added some shadow to where the leaves are going to be.

I added some more detailed leaves, but they could also be berries, or flowers, or what ever else you would like.

Too often kids (and adults) draw trees which ends in a stump, and has a semi round crown on top of it.  Here I start by doing that, and then work on it some more.

I erased the stump line and gave the tree a few branches, but instead of doing the way I did the above trees, I ended them half way and will cover them up with leaves.

Define the leaf areas in the foreground, and add some branches coming up behind them, also a few roots.

Shade the trunk a bit, and then start shading the leaves that are towards the back.

Do a bit more shading, and add some grass.

Tree # 7: The First Tree.

This was the first tree I actually drew, and I wasn’t too thrilled about it, but here it is anyway.  I start as before, a line for the trunk, and a circular shape for the crown.

Lines for the few main branches.

Make the trunk thicker, and give it some roots.

Make the main branches thicker as well.

Split off some branches from the main branches.

Add even more branches.

Shade the trunk with straight lines. Decide on where the sun will be and add shadows to the areas facing away from the sun.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even add shadows that the branches are casting on the rest of the tree.  Actually, at this point, I really liked what this tree was coming out like, and maybe I should have kept it as a winter tree…

…but no, I had to go and add squiggly lines to indicate leaves.

I kept working on the leaves, occasionally using my eraser to add highlights, until I was somewhat happy with it.

One more little thing I noticed is that I needed to give myself extra space.  I would usually run out of space for the tree much quicker then I thought I would.

There you go! My trees are all done.  Now go and practice some trees of your own! Play around, and draw some amazing trees!

How to draw a tree: 35 options for every taste

May 20, 2021LikbezDo it yourself

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



How to draw a tree with a black marker or felt-tip 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 version of the master class can be viewed here:

Other options

An easy way for beginners:

Here they show how to portray cherries:

If you want to draw a realistic tree:

Even a child will cope with this tree:

An unusual tree pattern 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:

How to draw a tree with colored markers or felt-tip pens

Frame: Like ART / YouTube

What you need

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

How to Draw

Draw two vertical curved lines with a black marker pen or marker. 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 an uneven 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:

Master class for those who want to depict an autumn tree:

9008 902 paints Frame: PENCILS AND PAINTS / YouTube

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 on top of 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 tree with detailed comments by the artist:

Here they show how to portray a birch with watercolors:

And here - how to designate flowers with simple spray:

simple drawing of flowering wood with gouache gouache :

Draw a tree in spring, summer, autumn and winter at the same time:

Here they show how to draw a tree using pointillism technique:

Landscape with several realistic trees:

Even a child can do this drawing:

How to draw a tree with crayons

Frame: Rio Art Club / YouTube


  • colored pencils.
  • How to Draw

    Mark 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.

    Shot: Rio Art Club / YouTube

    See the entire painting process here:

    What other options are there

    View of the redwoods from below:

    A fascinating drawing that is not easy to repeat:

    Here the artist shows how to draw a realistic tree in 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.

    Frame: 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:

    What other options are there

    Another easy way to draw a realistic tree:

    Dry pastel is required for this image:

    This instruction will help to portray baobabs:

    Master class on drawing autumn wood with oil pastel:

    This drawing will be easily repeated by experienced artists:

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  • How to learn to draw a tree

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    Let's say we need to teach children to draw a tree. What for? - And then so that the children can draw a tree.

    Why should we teach children how to draw a tree? And according to the program it is necessary. The children didn’t ask, maybe they didn’t even know at all to learn how to draw a tree. But we, adults, itching, we make programs and teach. As a result, almost all children by the age of five or six already have a clear stereotype "how to draw a tree" and exploit it right and left. Do you recognize?

    How Not to draw a tree

    These are the main types of "children's" trees. When you look at a test picture “tree” in a group of six-year-olds, the first thought is: it would be better if they didn’t teach how to draw at all than THIS. After all, this is ... how much to retrain something!

    Someone will tell me that we don't teach children such (horrors). And where does it come from? From genetic memory? Or from the mysterious "collective unconscious"? No, of course not. We ourselves - teachers, educators, parents - do not know how to draw trees, and we teach children according to the most simplified schemes, we teach, we teach.

    Here are Yandex query statistics (per month):

    How to draw a tree -3989

    How to draw a tree correctly - 85

    Do you notice a trend? - The vast majority need to draw right away, only a few think about what needs to be drawn correctly.

    Comrades, if you really need to learn how to draw a tree, then, honestly, you need to draw from nature.

    - HOW? They are so complex, branchy, with a million leaves ... - they will tell me.

    Yes. Not everything in this reality is simple and depicted in one stroke. Need to learn.

    - Oh, well, just start with poplar?

    Optional, you can start with linden. It is possible from an apple tree seedling.

    However, when I was preparing for the topic "tree" ( I also have a program, I NEED that students be able to draw both "man" and "tree". Why? - For example, to participate in competitions, I need diplomas and certificates, well, you understand ), I broke the work into steps.

    So, I approached the topic “how to learn to draw a tree” from afar. First, they drew leaves from nature for a long time, then they drew branches from nature for a long time. You can learn it, it's not that hard. But we must move on. Then I brought large branches to the class and strengthened them over the board: here, draw a branchy branch. And this is what my students have mastered. What's next? Working in a regular school, I could not take students with a whole class to the open air: the school is focused on obtaining theoretical knowledge, and not on field practice. We didn’t have sketchbooks…. Okay. Maybe let each student go to the windowsill and, choosing a tree, draw from the window?

    It was then that it became clear that it is difficult for children to move from branches to a big tree. They don't cope. More transitions are needed.

    And I followed the path of a cunning person: we began to learn how to draw herbs - thick, branchy herbs. I agreed with the students that we also develop fantasy and it is permissible to change something slightly. Look: here is a panicle of meadowsweet:


    Well, a tree in general!

    Put on a sheet of paper and draw in detail a small branch in the form of a tree.

    I start with a drawing with a pencil, but I refine it with felt-tip pens.

    I slightly change the color.

    How to draw a "tree"

    I won't lie that I got an elm or a maple, but that the drawing looks like a tree is a fact.

    Here is the second branch-fluke Chernobyl:

    We draw in stages:

    and we get such a "tree" from "nature":

    This is how we have mastered the ways of drawing a thick branchy crown .

    And after this preparation, the students were already confidently going to the windows (along the school corridor), laying out their albums on the windowsills and normally drawing trees growing in the school garden.

    Here's some methodical advice for you: if you really need to master this topic, don't take the topic "how to draw a tree" by a one-time storm.

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