How to draw and shade a tree

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 (Realistic) Trees with Pen & Ink

Updated: 19 Aug 2022

In this guide, I will demonstrate how I simplify the drawing process, and I hope that by the end of it you will be able to draw your favorite tree.

In order to draw realistic trees with pen and ink, it is important to pay attention to accuracy of the form (structure), and to learn how to create the illusion of brightness values and transitions with pens.


When looking at ANY tree, examine its basic shapes.

It is a good practice to draw its simple shapes first:

Once you understand these simple shapes, you can use your artistic license and your knowledge to recreate it.

There is no point drawing every single leaf as you see it (when using a reference image as a guide).


Banana Tree

For trees with big leaves, like a banana tree, first draw a study of the leaves from different angles.

For a realistic result, make sure there is no symmetry, and that each leaf is unique.

You can use markers; they work well with pens.

Olive Tree Trunk

Look at some reference images, or actual trees, before drawing the tree trunk.

First, draw outlines to create the form (structure).


Draw thin and gentle outlines, so they are not bold.

Next, add some guidelines and basic details.

Last step is texture drawing.

Focus mainly on brightness values, while drawing marks with shape and direction like the reference image.

Olive tree trunks

Keep in mind:

Each olive tree trunk has its own "personality", but all olive trees share common basic shapes.

How to Draw Leaves

Drawing leaves can be challenging. Understanding their structure, and breaking the drawing process into steps, will produce a satisfying and realistic result.

Each tree leaf is in different direction, has a different degree of foreshortening, and is overlapping other leaves.

Simply put, the form and texture of leaves is abstract and messy.

To draw that, you need to be sketchy and loose with your marks, and to avoid any pattern!

Next step is to pay attention to brightness values. That is how you create the illusion of volume. Meaning, three-dimensional and not flat.

To create that illusion, scribble more lines for darker values, and fewer lines for brighter values:

In addition, pay attention to leaves size, depending on the tree type, and how distant it is from the observer.

For big leaves, sketch big marks, and vice versa:

While the treetop is messy, at its edges you can add some indication of leaves type and size.

Olive tree

After understanding the characteristics of a specific tree (olive tree in this case), it is quite easy to draw it from imagination.

If some terms like foreshortening and overlapping are new to you, read my guide on how to draw with a sense of depth. It covers 15 methods to add depth to your drawing or painting.

Good to know:

Mostly, I use a pen with nib size 0.1. It is small enough to create fine details.

Photos & Contrast

When I am taking photos of a tree, I do it from several angles.

If possible, I circle the tree to get a photo from every angle.

I select a photo that has high contrast as my reference image.

Contrast between highlights and shadows is crucial for a drawing to stand out, and to have presence.

Not enough contrast leads to a flat drawing with no depth. Too much contrast looks cartoonish.

Olive tree

Pine Trees


Before diving into complex texturing and rendering, if you are a beginner, you might want to practice the next step.

Draw any random tree shape, sketch some random marks to fill it up, and then draw more sketchy marks in one side and at the bottom of the tree (to create a darker value for the shadow area).

This should not take more than 5 minutes! The advanced texture you will see after this example is just a matter of many hours of practice to refine the texture marks.

Pine trees are relatively easy to draw from imagination.

They have very small, needle-like leaves.

I like to start by gently drawing the form, and then fill it with small, random marks, that are NOT in any specific direction or with reoccurring shape.

Last step is to draw more marks for darker areas, depending on the direction of light you choose.

Pine trees come in many types and shapes.

Looking at a reference image can help at the beginning, just as a guide to draw the form, and to pay attention to dark and light areas.

Other than that, try to be loose and sketchy with your marks.

When drawing a close-up view, you can indicate the needle-like leaves at the edges of the tree.

Pine tree

Snowy Pine Tree

A pen has only one brightness value. Therefore, you have to use different techniques to create the illusion of transitions in brightness values.

One technique (or style) is to use hatching. Hatching means drawing parallel lines.

By drawing lines with different degree of spacing between them (or with different line width), you can create an illusion of different brightness values.

Another method is to use cross-hatching.

Cross-hatching means drawing sets of parallel lines in different direction. By adding more sets of cross-hatching, you can create the illusion of darker values.

You can use ANY pen for drawing. I prefer artist-grade technical pens (also fineliners). They create lines with fixed width, and their ink is made of pigments, which is very durable and lightfast.

For the snow part, you can leave it empty ("white"), or you can use hatching in some areas.

In this example, I used some hatching, and some marks with very light gray marker.

Snowy Pine tree

If you want to know more about markers, visit my markers review for artists.

Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is just another pine tree, but with decorations.

To add some baubles, first draw their shape, and then try different types of hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling.

Stippling is a drawing technique that uses dots. The more dots you add in one area, the darker it looks.

You can add other decorations to your Christmas tree.

It is best to first sketch some test drawings on a different paper, to see what works, before adding them to your drawing.

To add boxes in perspective, you should be familiar with linear perspective drawing, and learn to draw from imagination.


If you find it hard to draw a tree with a pen, you can always start with a pencil.

When you reach a satisfying result, you can go over it with a pen, and gently erase the pencil marks.

Christmas tree

Drawing with White Pens

When drawing with white pens, pay attention to the same drawing fundamentals.

While with black pens you draw more lines for darker areas, with white pens you should draw more lines for light/bright areas.

These pens are most effective on black (or dark) paper, and for highlights.

Keep in mind:

White pens are designed for covering.

Drawing with a black pen (which has ink) over white areas (made by a white pen), may ruin the pen's nib, because it will be covered with the white substance (therefore its ink will not flow smoothly).

Aspen & Birch Trees

Aspen & birch tree trunks are easy to draw when doing it in steps.

Draw the form first:

Then, add some basic details:

Finally, draw some brightness values, and texture:

Birch & aspen tree trunks

You can use (light) gray markers for coloring:


Overlapping means an object that partially covers another object.

When you see an object that overlaps another object, you assume that this object is in front of the object it covers.

Overlapping is one of the most powerful ways to create the illusion of depth on a flat paper.

Overlapping trees

Because you cannot erase pen marks, it is best to draw foreground objects first!

If you want to draw a house in front of a tree, draw the house first:

Do the same for tree branches.

First, draw the branch that overlaps a tree, then the tree trunk.

For trees that have a complex structure, with many branches, you can use a pencil to draw the basic shapes.

When you are happy with the result, you can draw over it with a pen, and gently erase the pencil marks.

Birch trees


Transitions are part of drawing (and painting) fundamentals. They exist everywhere!

For example, different areas of a flat plane have different relationships with any light source, reflections, and shadows.

Therefore, always look for transitions (in brightness values) for your drawing to look realistic and natural.

First, look for light and dark areas.

Then, look for transitions within each area. Transitions from dark to light, from light to lighter, and from dark to darker.

Oak tree

By drawing with NO transitions (and using hard edges), you can create something that looks unnatural, as opposed to something realistic with transitions.

The same way a gardener trims bushes and trees, you can use your artistic license to create something that looks artificial or man-made:

Artistic license means to use your knowledge and experience.

Once you understand how to draw leaves, you can draw anything with leaves texture. Objects, figures, vehicles, or even a refrigerator:

Good to know:

Transitions are not limited to brightness values. Transitions exist in colors, texture, edges, and temperature (transition from warm colors to cool colors).

If you are struggling with realistic drawing, you might want to read my realistic pencil-drawing guide. It covers the 4 important fundamentals (accuracy of the form, brightness values, edges, and transitions).

Weeping Willow

A weeping willow tree is a bit tricky to draw.

Its leaves are easy to draw at an up-close look. As you get farther away, you can see long clusters of leaves with no single leaf shape.

You can start by drawing an outline for the tree structure. Do it gently.

Then, one way is to draw the treetop (crown), section by section.

Alternatively, like in this example, you can draw the dark values first.

Something to consider:

As mentioned above, a pen has one brightness value (usually black, though other colors exist, more on that later).

By drawing gently and swiftly, with a sharp angle, you can produce lines that are less defined, and therefore with a lighter value.

The last step is to add the light values.

Pay attention to brightness values, transitions, and texture. Be abstract with your marks, yet with a sense of direction.

Weeping Willow

How to Draw Huge Trees

For some large trees, like Ficus, I like to use a large paper sheet (A3 in this case).

If the tree is too complex to draw, you can draw a grid (softly with a pencil), to divide the paper into smaller sections (and use the same grid for your reference image).

Keep in mind:

Drawing on a large paper with a pen (or a pencil) is time-consuming. For a tree like this, it can easily take more than 20 hours to complete.

Ficus tree

Sometimes, huge drawings may not look so big on a small screen.

You can give it context by adding background trees (from imagination in this case).

Background drawing

Something to consider:

You should use the rules of atmospheric perspective when drawing backgrounds (landscape).

When objects are far away, there are more atmosphere particles (that scatter light) between them and the observer.

For far away objects, use less contrast and fewer details. In addition, background layers become lighter, and have soft edges.

Adding Background

Trees are beautiful on their own. Sometimes though, you may want to add a background.

Drawing grass is a simple and easy solution for background.

Start by drawing some short lines. The lines in the front should be a bit bolder and longer.

Add more lines; some can be longer (mostly in the foreground).

Avoid any pattern, and try to be abstract with your marks.

With a tree (eucalyptus in this case), grass (as background) adds depth.

There is no actual depth in a drawing, your paper sheet is flat. The higher you draw on your paper (until the horizon), the farther away it looks.

By drawing cast shadow by the tree, you can add a sense of space to your drawing.

To draw cast shadow, add more marks (lines) for that area, to create the illusion of dark value.

Adding Plants

Another option is to add some plants. For example, cattail plant (Typha).


Natural plants and trees have an abstract shape. Make sure you do not draw them too round and uniform.

When drawing long leaves, pay attention to cast shadows:

After test-drawing the plant's parts, draw some loose outlines.

For realistic results, draw each flower or leaf with different size, shape, and direction (but, keep in mind the tree or plant characteristics).

Additionally, pay attention to overlapping.

Then, add some brightness values and cast shadows.


Now you can combine grass and plants to draw a landscape.

Landscape pen drawing

And, paint it with markers.

Coloring with markers

Size & Context

The way to define the size of objects is by placing them near other familiar objects.

Although a worm is usually quite small, by drawing it big compared to known objects like trees, it is possible to create a giant monstrous worm.

Giant worm

On the other hand, you might want to draw a small tree, like a bonsai tree.

In this case, you need context.

Drawing a tree in a plant pot can help, but sometimes even large trees are sold inside pots.

Drawing familiar surroundings, like a room, can help a lot in defining the bonsai's size.

Bonsai tree

Colored Pens

While the main color for technical pens is black, many brands offer other color options.

Colored technical pens

I prefer black ink, but occasionally I like to mix it up with colors.

Acacia tree


To draw logs, timber, or tree trunks, start by drawing the outlines gently.

Pay attention to foreshortening, and add some basic details.

Lastly, decide where to place the light source, and draw a gradual transition in brightness values with sketchy marks.


A cylindrical object has a transition in brightness values, from dark to light.

When using a black pen, draw more lines for darker areas.

Another option is to draw less defined lines (swiftly at an angle), and add more lines for darker values.

Colored pens:

Unlike black pens, colored pens come in different levels of opacity.

When drawing more in the same area, the pen creates a darkness value. Sometimes you can let the pen ink dry, and then draw over it again.


Cast shadows usually have soft edges (see below how the cast shadow from the rope has a soft edge).

When you scribble the wood texture, you want to have some dents and holes in some areas.

Draw these dents with a hard edge on their darker part, and a soft edge when the transition ends (the light side of the dent, or hole).

For a more realistic rendering, with more details, draw big.

How to Draw Trees with Pencils

When drawing with pens, you create the illusion of different brightness values by drawing different amounts of lines.

With pencils, you can actually draw different brightness values.

While with pens you draw lines, with pencils draw stains or smudge the surface, as if you are drawing with a brush.

I usually draw the structure first.

For a tall tree, I draw from top to bottom, so not to smudge the graphite particles.

If the tree is wide, I draw from left to right (because I am right-handed).

Make sure there is enough contrast between dark and light areas, and that you are abstract with your marks.

When drawing landscapes, especially with roads, use linear perspective to draw it accurately.

You can visit my guide on linear perspective for beginners.

Mixed Media

The same way you can use a pen with markers, you can use other mediums.

In the next example, I used a pen for drawing a tree, and pencils for drawing the Polaroid photo.

Colored Pencils

To draw with colored pencils, you should have a basic understanding on how to mix colors for painting.

For this example, I mixed blue and yellow (to create green).

The key for mixing colors with colored pencils, is to work with many layers (blue, then yellow, then blue, then yellow, and so on).

The more layers you add, the more pigments are on the drawing surface, and it is easier for them to mix.

Do not to press too hard when adding layers.


While there are no lines in nature, pens can only create lines!

Drawing is creating an illusion. The world is three-dimensional, but your paper-sheet is two-dimensional.

To create this illusion, pay attention to brightness values, edges, and transitions (among other things).

A pen has only one brightness value, so, unlike other drawing mediums (graphite, charcoal, pastel...), you have to create the illusion of different brightness values and transitions (in brightness values).

When drawing trees, focus on accuracy of the form, and on brightness values.

Make sure you have enough contrast between highlights and shadows, for the drawing to be noticeable.

Trees are a part of many drawings, especially landscape, seascape, and cityscape.

Homemade parasol, product design drawing

After you master drawing the form and brightness values, details (texture) make all the difference.

Here is my realistic texture-drawing guide.

If you liked this article, you might like my flower pen-drawing guide too.

For my recommended pens that I used in this guide, visit my review for fine-liners and technical pens for drawing.

How to draw a tree with a pencil | Blog 2d artist (aka Artibelka)

Would you like to draw a tree with a pencil but don't know where to start? Look how I did sketching the tree step by step and everything will become clear :)

Let's take a look at the materials first. It is better to take a soft pencil, 2-3B (so that the drawing does not turn out too pale), and thick paper, it would be nice to draw paper (how many times I reproached myself for drawing a good sketch on printer paper). You need to sharpen a pencil not with a sharpener, but with a clerical knife (it does not break the core inside and you can sharpen it sharper). The eraser should not be taken too hard, be sure to be white, since colored gum can leave colored marks.

Further, it should be noted that it is better to draw from nature, so the drawing will turn out to be more realistic (when you draw from a photo, you draw everything turns out to be flat, without chiaroscuro). But if this is not possible, use at least a photograph, you should not rely on your memory. Even very experienced artists use references, but just like that they can only draw those things that they have drawn at least ten times.

So let's get started 🙂

1. First, I sketched out the general view of the tree, not particularly bothering with the clarity of the lines. At the first stage, you should not draw the details, especially draw the bark and leaves! Here it is important to decide only on the layout of the picture. Not worth draw a tree completely straight (plants in nature cannot be perfectly even) Let the branches be at different distances from each other, let some of them overlap (Enough depicting carrots with sticks, leave them to the kids :)

Look at the tree you want to depict and identify some of its features. Does this tree species have a thin or powerful trunk? And the branches? Do they hang down or stretch up?

It may seem boring, but when you do it, you will understand that every tree has a character! (a couple of years ago I drew about 20 trees in a day and was delighted with how different they are after all)

It's strange, but we ourselves do not notice how objects look, because we do not pay attention to details. (just try to draw different objects from memory, and then compare with the photo) You will be very surprised, I promise!

2. I think if you didn’t study drawing, then you would immediately start drawing details, you would draw leaves, blades of grass and bark. I guess?

But do not rush to do this, it is better to determine from which side the light falls and lightly apply hatching, marking where it will be darker and where it will be lighter. Hatching can be tricky here, but here are a couple of little secrets:

-hatch with broad strokes, overlaying lines across the trunk

(you act here as a sculptor, sculpt the shape with a stroke!)

-do not try to perfectly shade the plane of the tree now, we will do small details later

That you are not yet tired and have not thrown the drawing on the table ??

You are great and you will succeed!

At this stage, many inexperienced draftsmen give up and think: since everything is shaded, the drawing is finished. What a delusion! All the fun is just beginning 🙂

3. Here I started to draw trunk and branches, I outlined the bark a little. Due to the fact that in paragraph 2 we outlined the light and shadow, the tree already looks quite voluminous at the moment. (If it doesn’t look, then you need to read about chiaroscuro and make and make sketches ...)

4. Next draw the crown of the tree

(do not repeat the mistakes of beginners by drawing each leaf in the crown)

Look at Shishkin's sketches at your leisure. And how did he manage to draw, especially without drawing details, and it turned out so realistically? Yes... It will come with experience, I know...

5. And the final stage)

bring beauty! - generalize the trunk in the shadow to give volume

- darken the grass to make it look more solid

-we wipe the leaves in the background so that they do not rush into the eyes

- draw the bushes

Actually, it's a pity that there is no more time for this sketch, because, as practice shows, a drawing can be improved endlessly :)

Good luck in drawing trees , be patient and don't quit halfway through!

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-tip 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

Full tutorial can be viewed here:

Other options

An easy way for beginners:

This shows 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

Draw two vertical, curved lines with a black felt-tip 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 a jagged outline. Mark wavy segments above the branches.

Frame: Like ART / YouTube

Color the trunk with a light brown marker or felt-tip 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 undulating 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 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 splashes:

Simple drawing of a blooming tree with gouache:

Picture spring, summer, autumn and winter wood 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

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.

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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.

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The whole drawing process can be seen here:

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How to draw a tree with pastels

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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To indicate the texture of the bark, mark 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.

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Nuances - in the video:

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