How to paint a cedar tree


Painting Trees With A Fan Brush

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How To Paint Silhouette Trees With A Fan Brush (With Video)

Hello artist friends! I feel inspired to write this post because a fan brush is such a handy tool if you would like to paint pine trees in you acrylic paintings!

This post specifically demonstrates how to paint silhouette trees.

You can also grab your flat or bright brush to paint these kinds of trees. But actually, I sometimes like to grab the fan brush because it gives a different unique effect!

There’s so many different kinds of paintings you can do with tree silhouettes! You can paint a sunset sky first and then do silhouette trees. Then add some water reflecting underneath.

You can also paint a galaxy sky and then paint the trees in front of the galaxy sky! Or…I actually like the simplicity of the pure black trees against a white canvas.

Also a bonus – If you are attempting to paint my American Flag Sky painting soon or have painted it but struggled with the trees, I hope this mini demo will help!

I recommend that you practice this technique on several sheets of paper first. It takes a bit to “calibrate” with the brush and get the hang of it. But when you figure out the technique, it’s really quite addicting!

Are you looking for how to paint a green tree with snow on it?

See my post about how to paint snowy trees three ways, one in which uses this fan brush technique!  

Learn my techniques for painting Christmas Trees

Now Let’s Paint Those Happy Trees!

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What You’ll Need
    • Fan Brush 
    • Tiny Detail Brush (Any round brush labeled #0 or smaller -I’m using the “0” in this set.
    • Practice Paper or Canvas Paper.
    • Black Paint, preferably a thin paint. I’m actually using Apple Barrel black for the demonstration pictures and it was not thinned out with water. In the video, I used BASICS “Mars Black” that was thinned with a bit of water. It’s hard to do this technique if your black is too thick. 

 

Video:

 

Picture Steps & Instructions

1. Use A Round Brush to Draw A Trunk

Using a very tiny round brush, paint a vertical line to represent the trunk of the tree.

I recommend watering down the black just a bit to help the flow. I am using Apple Barrel Black craft paint for this demo so it didn’t need to be watered down.  

 

2. Load Your Fan Brush

When I load my fan brush, the bristles tend to clump together.

Try stroking the brush on the palette a bit to get the fan bristles to spread like a fan! 

 

3. Stamp the tips from top to bottom

Start at the top of that vertical line.

Stamp just lightly to create a thin set of branches.

To do this, I only used the middle area of the fan brush and not the left and right sides.

Also, I am stamping just the tip of the bristles and not all the bristles. 

 

4. Work your way down in zig-zag motion forming the shape of a pine tree.

As you work your way down, keep stamping the brush left and right in a zig-zag motion.

Apply more pressure to the brush to make these branches thicker, heavier and wider forming the shape of a pine tree.

5. Keep working your way down, widening the shape. 

As you keep “zig-zagging” your way down, make your tree form a wider shape on the bottom.

I leave a space for the trunk on the bottom too. 

 

6. Vary the heights and shape of the trees.

If you’re painting a treeline silhouette, try varying the heights of the trees for a more natural look.

Also, you can vary the shape (thin and thick) and the amount of white space showing. 

 

7. Use the tiny round to add more details on the top

If you “goofed” on the first step and couldn’t get the branches to be thin enough, try using a tiny detail brush to add the smaller branches on the top of the tree. 

8. Practice Practice Practice!

This technique is tricky at first but I mentioned earlier that you’ll need to practice it a bit with that fan brush.

To paint the bottom line, I used a larger round brush. 

 

And that’s it! Keep practicing and you’ll be an expert at painting those “Happy Silhouette Trees”!

 

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How to draw a cedar tree step by step 3 lessons

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CONTENT:

  • How to draw a cedar
  • How to draw a cedar in autumn
  • How to draw a cedar tree in winter

Cedar is a beautiful coniferous tree that has its own distinctive features. Let's study them closer and draw it step by step on a piece of paper.
Materials needed:

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

How to draw a cedar

  • Step 1

    Draw a vertical line to draw a cedar.

  • Step 2

    Let's add another vertical line next to it to outline the tree trunk. We draw horizontal lines on the sides that will become branches.

  • Step 3

    We draw the lush foliage of a coniferous tree around the branches.

  • Step 4

    Draw the exact outline of the cedar with a black marker to get the exact outline of the drawing for further coloring.

  • Step 5

    We select the green grass shade of the pencil and paint over the foliage, as well as the vegetation of the base of the cedar.

  • Step 6

    Draw a tree trunk with a brown pencil.

  • Step 7

    Also, a brown pencil is useful for drawing shadows on the branches.

  • Step 8

    In addition, use a black pencil to enhance the shadow on coniferous twigs, needles and bark. Also, at the end, draw highlights with a white gel pen. We get a finished drawing of a cedar.

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a cedar in autumn

Cedar is an evergreen coniferous tree that does not change the color of its foliage. Therefore, we will add some yellow strokes on its needles and draw grass. So let's create an autumn image in the drawing.
Materials needed:

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

    We begin to draw a coniferous tree on a sheet with a simple sketch, where the trunk and main branches will be represented as simple lines.

  • Step 2

    Draw each branch in more detail and connect everything into one contour. Let's add some grass below.

  • Step 3

    Let's outline the vegetation on the tree in the form of lines.

  • Step 4

    We draw in detail the contour of the foliage of a coniferous tree in the form of needles.

  • Step 5

    Use the black marker to draw the outline.

  • Step 6

    We draw coniferous branches of cedar with a green pencil.

  • Step 7

    Let's add brown strokes to the tree trunk and its branches to get volume. We also draw highlights on the foliage with strokes.

  • Step 8

    Let's add an autumn look with a yellow pencil. We paint over the grass with it and create highlights on the foliage and bark with strokes.

  • Step 9

    We complete the drawing with a black pencil, as well as a white gel pen. Let's get a colorful picture of a cedar in the autumn.

Lesson author: vikl-art

How to draw a cedar tree in winter

In this lesson we will draw a colorful drawing of a cedar tree in winter.
Materials needed:

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

    We begin to draw a cedar tree from the trunk. We outline it in the form of simple vertical lines. Let's add a base.

  • Step 2

    Let's outline the foliage with a simple pencil in the form of a large oval.

  • Step 3

    We begin to draw the trunk of a coniferous tree and its base.

  • Step 4

    We draw the lush coniferous foliage of the cedar inside the oval, and then refine the contour of the branches and the trunk. Adding details inside. Erase the extra construction lines with an eraser.

  • Step 5

    For further coloring of the picture, use a black marker or felt-tip pen. They create a contour over a pencil sketch.

  • Step 6

    First of all, we will use a brown pencil, with which we will paint over the bark of a coniferous tree. You can apply several shades at once to get volume.

  • Step 7

    We paint over the coniferous foliage with a green pencil only in the lower parts to leave room for the snow cover.

  • Step 8

    We draw snow with blue and purple pencils.

  • Step 9

    Strengthen the shadow on different parts of the drawing with a black pencil. If desired, you can add highlights with a white gel pen. Let's get a colorful drawing of a cedar in winter using colored pencils.

Lesson author: vikl-art

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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

See the full tutorial here:

What other options are there

An easy way for beginners:

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Even a child can handle this drawing of a tree:

An unusual drawing of a tree with roots:

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

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 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:

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

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 dine :

Draw a spring, summer, autumn and winter tree 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

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.

    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

    You can see the entire drawing 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: