"Unlock Your Inner Artist: Master the Art of Drawing Trees with Happy Family Art"
"How can one create a tree" is a perennially repeated request, posed to me both online and offline. The solution to the conundrum has been presented here in a step-by-step fashion utilizing seven different tree sketches. My hope is that this tutorial will be a helpful guide to drawing trees!
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Drawing trees is fundamentally about the balance between the crown and the branches. Several artists, books, and tutorials are available that detail various techniques for drawing trees. For instance, THIS BOOK is particularly useful, and my children and I have enjoyed it in the past.
This tutorial highlights my individual approach to drawing trees. I utilized a common drawing pencil for these illustrations, but the same tactics can be applied to other mediums. Additionally, I altered every sketch in Gimp 2 to make them more visible, resulting in minor discrepancies between the photographs.
The following is the breakdown of Tree #1.
How to Draw a Tree: Tree #1
Start with a line to outline the general shape of the crown.
Next, add a few lines to illustrate the primary branches.
Increase the thickness of the trunk, which grows thicker towards the base and narrows to a point towards the top.
The same holds for the branches; they are thicker near their roots and taper off towards their tips. Simple!
Then every primary branch gets its own branches that are smaller. I added a squiggle on the bottom to indicate a bit of grass.
Observing the tree's bigger branches, I notice even smaller branches breaking off and branching outwards. I search for a spot where the sun shines through, providing ideal light conditions for my sketch. As I begin to sketch the trunk, I incorporate straight lines to create a sense of shade and depth.
Moving onto the crown, I use my pencil sideways and start shading in the area where the leaves appear. My shading style is deliberately haphazard and irregular, creating a series of peaks and troughs.
Continuing to work on the crown, I add additional layers, outlines and erase the initial outline. I keep in mind that the area facing the sun should be lighter than those facing away from it.
I keep working on the crown, doodling and refining until I'm happy with the final result. To give the impression of groundedness, I add more grass and shade in the background.
Adding to the atmosphere, I incorporate additional shadows, creating a more dramatic and dynamic effect. Feeling creative, I begin to use my eraser to create sun rays emanating from the corner of the page.
Continuing to experiment, I add further rays, accentuating the light filtering through the tree. And with that, the first tree is now complete!
Tree # 2: The Wind-Bent Seascape Tree
Crafting the tree's structure, I sketch a bold line for the trunk and a wavy one for the crown, but this time, the wind has had its way with it, so the trunk bows ever so slightly downward.
To fortify the trunk, I sketch it thicker, then add a hill for a sturdier foundation.
I extend its shape upward, the base thicker than the top, resembling a pointed cap.
Next, I add the main branches. However, due to the wind's persistent force, the branches lean primarily to the right.
I continue to add more branches, mostly tilting to the right.
As the branch structures become more intricate, the thinner ones bend in the direction of the wind, while the weight of the thicker ones keeps them stable.
The trunk receives some shading to convey depth, then I add roots to connect it to the hill.
Finally, I infuse the branches with life by drawing squiggly lines with my pencil's side, while some flying off, needing additional small squiggles. For context, a horizon line separating water from the sky and some grass on the hill.
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To enhance the beauty of the seascape image, I decided to incorporate a few elements. Firstly, I added some clouds to the sky, which gave it a more immersive feel. Secondly, I shaded the water, which gave it a more realistic texture as if it had ripples. Finally, I drew a sand line to highlight the shore and added some tall grass on the hill. The tall grass is gracefully leaning in the direction of the wind, giving the image a sense of motion. Additionally, I darkened some of the leaves to add depth to the image.
Tree # 3: Pine Tree:
The Pine Tree drawing was initiated by sketching the trunk first. It was quickly followed by a small triangular shape on the top, with straight lines connected vertically to the top. The next step involved adding more triangular lines on top of one another to form the branches. The first few branches are covered with needles, and then a few empty branches are sketched. The trunk is thickened to give it a more realistic look. Finally, a shadow is added to the tree to give it depth.
Tree # 4: Umbrella Tree
The Umbrella Tree was exceptionally enjoyable to draw. Starting with the primary ovals for the leaf parts (in this case, four), I added squiggly lines to create the tree trunk. More lines were added to create thicker trunk branches, followed by more branches going out to form the "umbrellas," with a few empty branches added as well.
In order to enhance the trunk, I included more intricate details and created sinuous branches, while applying shading to the canopy portions labelled as "umbrellas".
Adding some texture with a touch of grass and elevating the thickness of the lower "umbrella" portions while minimizing the upper ones, rendered the "umbrella" texture better.
Named "Tree #5: The Bushy Tree", this bush-like tree portrays its branches originating from the bottom while growing at the same pace. Five primary branches serve as a starting point; however, thicker branches and additional small ones are added to augment the volume of the bush.
A greater amount of small branches were strategically added, increasing the density, and producing a denser bush.
Shadows were added to where the leaves will eventually end up by using the pencil's side.
Detailed leaves were added, but they can also be substituted for berries, flowers, or any other preferred object.
"Tree #6 - The Little Tree" exemplifies how frequently individuals, both children and adults alike, draw trees culminating in a stump and having a crown with a semi-round shape. Here, instead of just completing the previously mentioned steps, I improved on it.
To enhance the tree's appearance, I removed the stump line and added a few branches. However, my approach differed from that of the previous trees, as I only completed them halfway and concealed them with leaves.
To create a leafy background, I specified the leaf areas and included a few branches in the foreground. Then, I shaded the trunk slightly and gradually shaded the leaves towards the back until they appeared more realistic. Finally, I added some grass to the picture.
Introducing Tree # 7, which was my first attempt at drawing a tree. Although I wasn't overly content with the result, I'm proud of my efforts. To get started, I drew a line for the trunk and a circular shape for the crown, just like before.
Next, I drew some lines for the primary branches. After making the trunk thicker and adding roots, I made the main branches thicker as well. Then, I separated some branches from the primary ones and added even more branches to enhance the tree's density.
To complete the picture, I shaded the trunk with straight lines and added shadows to the areas facing away from the sun, indicating the position of the sun. To challenge myself, I added shadows cast by the branches on the tree as a whole. When I realized I couldn't add more details, I was satisfied with my efforts.
One thing I learned while drawing this was the importance of giving myself extra space. I often ran out of space for the tree much sooner than anticipated. That's it! My trees are now complete, and I encourage you to draw some magnificent trees for yourself! Use your imagination and have fun!
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