How to paint a evergreen 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. 




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 Paint a Snow-Covered Evergreen Tree - Technique #1 - Leslie Fehling

It’s been snowing and blowing for weeks here in western Pennsylvania, with temperatures below zero some nights and highs in the teens. What better time, then, to paint snow-covered evergreens?

I have two different techniques for painting snow on evergreen trees. Here’s a condensed version of the instructions for Technique #1 – click to enlarge it. (I’ll post Technique #2 tomorrow.)

Before we get into painting the tree, let’s talk about some color-mixing options for those cool blue shadows that we see on snow.

Snow shadows can range from pure Cobalt Blue to a duller gray-blue or violet. They can even have multiple colors of reflected light in them. But for our purposes, let’s keep things fairly simple and play around with some basic shadow color mixes like these:

Cobalt Blue + Permanent Alizarin Crimson combine to make a beautiful violet
Ultramarine Blue + Rose Violet (or Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose)
Thalo (Pthalo) Blue + Permanent Alizarin
Instead of a red, try mixing Burnt Sienna with a blue like Cobalt
Ultramarine Blue + Payne’s Gray is a default shadow mixture for me

When painting a snow scene, you’ll have a range of shadow values. The deep blue-gray and purple shadow colors I mixed above would be diluted to make more subtle shadows that are lighter in value.

Okay, let’s start on our evergreen…

1 – Lightly draw the evergreen tree with a pencil, blocking in shapes that represent individual branches covered with snow. There’s no need to separate the snow layer from the green branches at this point.

1 – Pencil drawing

2 – Wet the sky with clean water. Mix up a generous puddle of paint for the sky. Color choices are up to you – it could be a sunny Cerulean Blue sky or a stormy blue-gray with touches of purple in it. Brush paint onto the sky area, making a graded wash that is darker at the top and gradually gets lighter toward the horizon.  If you’d like to suggest snowflakes in the sky, drop a few crystals of kosher salt into the sky wash while it’s still wet. (Kosher salt is easier to handle than table salt, because of its larger crystals. ) Let the sky dry thoroughly, then brush off the salt.

2 – Paint the sky and distant trees

Paint distant trees in the background. If you paint them while the sky is still wet, the trees will have soft edges and look out-of-focus. If the trees are painted on dry paper, the top edge of the treeline will be more defined. In any case, keep detail to a minimum – our focus is on the evergreen in the foreground.

3 – Begin painting shadows on the clumps of snow that cover the branches. Use light to medium values, and vary the colors, if you like, incorporating pink, blue and lavender tones.

3 – Paint first shadow washes (I used Cobalt Blue + Permanent Alizarin for the shadows in this example)

4 – Paint darker shadows in the deepest recesses of the tree branches and cast shadows where an upper branch shades a lower one. Our tree now appears to be completely covered with rounded clumps of snow.

4 – Add darker shadows (I used Cobalt + Permanent Rose for the shadows in this example)

In my example, I painted rolling, hilly terrain in the background behind the trees. To do this, lay down a stroke of paint on dry paper, indicating the top of a hill, then immediately rinse your brush and blot excess water from it. (The brush should be very damp, wet but not drippy.) Drag the damp brush along the upper edge of the brush stroke to soften the edge and feather out the paint. Repeat the rinsing, blotting, and dragging until you’ve diluted the edge of the paint so much that there’s nothing there but clear water. This will give you a soft-edged shadow, as shown on the hills below.

Paint background terrain

5 – Now it’s time to add some greenery to our tree. If the snow is heavy and thick, there will be very little green showing. If it’s a light coating, you’ll see more of the branches. In my sketch, the branches are heavily laden with snow with just a small amount of greenery peeking out. I used a size 4 round brush loaded with light and medium values of green to paint the pine needles on this 3″ tall tree. (I’ll cover how to mix evergreen colors in tomorrow’s post, “How to Paint a Snow-Covered Evergreen Tree – Technique #2”.) The greens on the sunny side of the tree have more yellow in them, and the ones on the shady side are bluer. 

Paint the needles as irregular linear masses at the bottom edge of each clump of snow, extending down onto the snow-covered branch below. Vary the size of the needle sections – some branches will have more green peeking out from under the snow, others less. Be sure the direction of your brushstrokes makes sense and follows the way the tree grows.

5 – Begin painting greenery (I used Pthalo Blue + Permnanent Alizarin for the shadows in this example)

6 – It’s finally time for the finishing touches. Evaluate the tree – is there enough value contrast? It’s important to have bright highlights and deep, dark shaded areas. That’s what makes a scene appear sunlit. In my example, I added touches of very dark green foliage and some deeper shadows on the snow-covered branches. I also painted the shadow cast by the tree on the snowy ground.

6 – Paint darkest values 

Note: When I wrote this lesson for a watercolor class a few years ago, I drew and painted six separate trees on one page, so I could show my students the details of each step in the painting process. If you compare them, you’ll see that they vary slightly from each other – don’t let that confuse you if you want to try painting along with this tutorial.

Tomorrow I’ll show you another technique for painting snow-covered evergreens. Try them both, and see which one you prefer!

Find more step-by-step watercolor tutorials on the “Tutorials” page of the Everyday Artist blog.

Detailed plan on how to draw a tree

Everyone can learn how to draw a tree. All you need is a pencil, an eraser, a little effort and inspiration, and within five minutes the drawing will be ready. And when the first tree is mastered, it will be possible to create entire forests.

The first version of the classical form

How to draw a tree of the classical form?

  • First draw a circle by hand and draw a vertical line down. It is important not to press hard on the pencil, but only lightly mark the outline of the circle, which will serve as a guide for creating the crown of the tree. After the first step, the drawing looks like a lollipop.
  • The received figures should be improved. Around the circle, you need to make arbitrary rounded outlines, and on both sides of the line draw slightly clumsy borders of the trunk.
  • Now the circle and the vertical should be erased with an eraser.

We can stop here, but it's better to make additional touches. This can be a branching at the top of the trunk under the very crown in the form of the letter V. For a more realistic tree, you can extend the branches from the trunk to the crown and draw smaller branches. How to draw a tree for winter drawing? The answer is simple: the image should contain only the trunk and branches.

The second version of the classical form

How to draw a tree with openings in the crown? This option will require more lines and strokes, but the result will be more realistic.

  • The pattern starts with two vertical stripes representing the trunk of the tree. It is not necessary to draw them straight. They need to be bent upward, expanding the trunk.
  • To draw branches, you need to extend the trunk and draw curves from it to the sides. On the second tier of branches, the trunk can be divided into two branches.
  • The general appearance of the tree depends on the shape of the branches, so here you need to make every effort and work out the drawing well at this stage. Branches should not be too thick. It is important that the branches at the base are wide and narrow towards the edges. For the smallest branches, it is enough to make a simple line with a pencil.
  • Vertical clumsy lines on the trunk will give it volume.
  • The crown is outlined in wavy lines, forming a border high above the edges of the branches.
  • With the same strokes of the pencil, apply the inner border of the leaves directly above the branches.
  • Clearances are formed in those places where the most crown space is obtained. To do this, draw several branches and make a border of leaves around them with wavy strokes.

Knowing how to draw a tree step by step, you can try to depict a small grove in which you can combine both classic drawing options. Practice is the best teacher here.

Palm tree

How to draw a tree step by step with a pencil that will fit perfectly into the seascape? It does not take much time, just three steps, and the palm tree is ready:

  • First, draw a curved triangle with the top tilted to the side. The space of the triangle is filled with horizontal stripes along the entire trunk. At the base of the trunk, grass is depicted with several curved strokes.
  • Draw a few circles at the top of the triangle. It will be coconuts.
  • The last step is palm leaves. The leaf lines should come out of the fruit, expand towards the center and converge again at the very edge of the leaf. For convenience, you can first draw diamonds, and then smoothly outline. In total, there should be about 5-7 leaves on a palm tree. To make them look realistic, small notches can be made along the edges.

Even the smallest artists can master this simple drawing, as it is very easy to draw a tree with coconuts.

The first evergreen tree

Even kids can draw a simple Christmas tree. Triangles that are on top of each other, a small trunk in the form of a rectangle, and the picture can be painted. But if you work out this template a little more, then the Christmas tree will come out almost like a real one. How to draw a tree with a pencil and prepare it for color overlay?

  • First, draw a vertical along the height of the tree, divide it into three parts. The top is the smallest, the bottom is the largest.
  • Draw three even triangles so that the vertex overlaps the previous tier a little.
  • At the base of the triangles, extend the lines from the corners, slightly bending them upwards. The same smooth line lays the border of the branch to the top of the triangle.
  • The outlines of the extreme branches of the tree are already visible in the figure. The same curved corners must be drawn in the center of the triangles: two from the central vertical in opposite directions.

That's it, the Christmas tree is ready for coloring.

The second version of the evergreen tree

Before you start drawing a spruce, you need to study this tree. Geometry matters here. Visually, the tree looks like a triangle, but it is important to look at how wide it is at the base and how it is stretched upwards. You should also consider the line of the trunk: is it curved or straight. You need to imagine how low the branches are to the ground and in what direction they move away from the trunk. When there is an idea how to draw a tree, and its details are thought out, you can take on the drawing:

  • First draw a line for the trunk, considering the height and curvature.
  • Draw a triangle along which the branches of the tree are located.
  • In the indicated border of the crown, tiers of branches are marked with an appropriate slope. As a rule, they are located almost horizontally.
  • The strips of branches are outlined with smooth lines, outlining the border of the needles, and the needles are drawn with small strokes.

The secret of how to draw a tree step by step is revealed! Now you can create beautiful drawings for both schoolwork and just for fun.

How to draw a cedar tree step by step 3 lessons

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  • 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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