Nature drawings for beginners: How to draw a tree

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This tutorial will show you how to draw a tree for beginners. The instructions teach the basics of creating perspective in an otherwise stylized subject.

In the end, you’ll see how to add a little color to the outlines of the tree.

Materials needed

  • HB Pencil
  • Drawing paper
  • Brushpens or another color medium (optional)
  • Kneaded eraser

Instructions on how to draw a tree

Start drawing the tree. A suitable starting point is the tree trunk. Start at the roots and work your way up to the branches and the crown of leaves.

Note that on most trees, the trunk gets thicker towards the bottom.

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From the trunk, the branches spread upwards. Start by drawing a few sturdy branches that carry most of the weight of the foliage.

Then branch off smaller twigs repeatedly, which spread out further towards the outside.

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Draw the crown of the tree and continue with the development of the branches. A rippled line can indicate the crown of a leafy tree.

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Now it is helpful if you have an exact template. Draw the parts of the tree crown that conceal most of the branches.

Especially at the thin ends of the branches, where there are leaves directly on the branches, the branches are no longer visible.

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However, it may well be that the tree crown is not entirely dense and here and there branches may still peak through the leaves – depending on how the tree has grown.

Tip: If you draw the individual branches between the areas covered by the leaves, you can create a feeling of spatial depth.

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Lastly, you can paint the tree with a color of your choice. In our case, it was different colored brush pens that were applied with loose strokes.

Combined with separate cross-hatchings, an impressive work of art is created, which suggests a three-dimensional depth with minimal effort.

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