There are few things more relaxing than taking it easy in the shade of a nice big tree. It can also be really great to just take in the sight of a tree in a field or forming a beautiful forest.
Trees can also come in many different types, shapes and colors which makes them even more beautiful.
If you’re a tree lover, maybe you’ve wondered how you can learn how to draw a tree If you have, then this guide is for you!
Drawing can be so much easier if you break it down into manageable steps, and that’s just what we’ve done to help you along.
We created this easy step-by-step guide on how to draw a tree in 7 easy steps to have you drawing your own trees in no time.
Make This Tree Drawing Easier And More Fun With These Tips
You’re just about ready to take on this guide on how to draw a tree, but even though we have aimed to make it as easy as possible, there are ways to make it easier still.
You will notice that the tree we will be drawing is done in a simple cartoon style. This may be the easiest style for some, but others may find this style to be tricky.
If you are someone who prefers to draw things a bit more realistic, then you can add some details and additions that would make the tree look more realistic.
You would still be able to follow the steps of the guide, but you will be able to work in a style that is more comfortable for you. This would of course go for any style that you like to work with!
Then, you can use your pencils to prepare the drawing in various ways. You could use some basic shapes to map out the top of the tree along with the shape of the trunk.
Then, using your darker pencils or pens, carefully add the finer details as you work through the guide. Finally, you could use real trees to guide you as you draw.
One easy way to do this would be by using some photos of real trees. If they’re at least relatively similar to the tree in the guide, then that will help!
You may even be lucky enough to have similar trees in your yard or local park, in which case you have the perfect models for this guide.
Using these additional sources along with the guide can make it easier and can allow you to make your own fun changes and additions as well!
How to Draw a Tree – Let’s get Started!
The first step in this guide on how to draw a tree is to draw in the top of the tree. To do this, draw in a few horizontal curved lines that connect with each other.
You could draw these with a pen or darker pencil as they will be showing up in the final drawing.
If you find yourself struggling to get the right shape, then you could use a lighter pencil first until you’re happy with it.
Step 2 – Draw in more of the treetop
For this second step of your tree drawing, you will be adding in more of the top of the tree. Using the reference image, draw in more of the curved lines down the side.
Made sure they flow out a bit to give the tree a nice thick top!
Step 3 – Next, draw in the rest of the leaves
The next step of your tree drawing will have you adding the rest of the leaves. Using the same wavy lines, draw in the rest of the treetop, raising it in the center a bit as the trunk will be going in this area.
For this stage, using the reference picture will be especially helpful. For this stage as well, it could also be beneficial to use a lighter pencil before going over it in pen or a darker pencil.
If you do use a lighter pencil to draw over, make sure that your pen ink is dry before you erase the guiding pencil lines!
Step 4 – Now draw in the tree trunk
You’ve finished the leaves of the tree for now, so for the next part you’ll be drawing in the tree trunk.
This is probably the trickiest part of this tree drawing, but it doesn’t have to be tricky if you take it slow and closely reference the image we have here.
Start off by drawing a curved line down from the leaves to make the left side of the trunk. Draw a much shorter line down the right side, and then draw out the cut branch as you see it in the reference image.
Finally, you just need to draw the rest of the line down from the cut branch. For the next bit, simply draw two lines near the top of the center of the trunk to make a gap as you can see in the image.
All that remains is to add a few little lines at the base of the trunk and you’re ready for the next step!
Step 5 – Next you will be adding the leaf details
Your tree drawing is almost complete at this point and just needs some details. For this step, we will be adding lots of small, curved lines to the interior of the treetop.
You can do these in the same way they appear in the picture, but you can also add lines as you wish!
There isn’t really a wrong way to do these kinds of details, and you should add them in a way that looks great to you.
Step 6 – Now draw in the final trunk details
At this point, you’ve almost finished your journey of learning how to draw a tree! For the final trunk details, we will be adding mostly thin, straight lines going down the trunk and a few wavier ones to suggest knots in the tree.
This is another step where you could copy the lines in the reference image or use them as inspiration for your own lines of your tree drawing.
Step 7 – Finish it off with some color
With that done, you’ve finished your awesome tree drawing! You’re not quite done yet, though. There’s one more fun step, and that’s to color in your tree.
For this step, you should really let your creativity flow! You could go for a nice bright green tree or have some beautiful reds, oranges and yellows for a stunning Fall tree.
It’s really fun to experiment with different art mediums as well. You could use tools like acrylic paints, watercolors, colored pens or pencils along with any of your favorite mediums to create some beautiful images!
Once your tree drawing is finished and colored in, you should hold your head up high because you’ve just learned how to draw a tree!
Do this to take your tree drawing to the next level
Branch out and make your tree sketch even more incredible with these tips!
When you see a tree in real life, you will often see all kinds of animals among the leaves and branches. You could add some of these animals to your tree drawing!
These could be anything from wise owls to majestic eagles. They could also be other animals such as squirrels or even monkeys.
It could be any animals you love, and you can try and fit in as many as you like! What animals would you add to this tree?
Trees will also often be covered with fruit or flowers, and you could easily add these to your drawing of a tree. It could be as simple as adding small orange circles or as complex as some little flowers with petals.
These are just a few ideas, but adding these kinds of details along with animals as suggested in the previous step can really bring it to life. Do you think you will add anything growing from this tree?
To take this tree sketch to the next level, you could also create a whole scene around it. It could be something lovely and peaceful such as a swing hanging from a branch with some flowers and bushes.
Or, you could create a whole lush forest and draw many different kinds of trees around this one. It’s all up to you, and you can have lots of fun building a setting around the tree!
Once you have finished adding any additions and changes to your tree drawing, you can then finish off with some colors. We spoke about a few colors you could use and gave one example in the guide.
These are just a few of the colors you could choose, however. You have a whole range of colors you can choose, and you also have some fun art tools and mediums you could try out.
Don’t be shy about mixing different colors and art mediums together that wouldn’t normally be used! It can be lots of fun to experiment.
Your Tree Drawing is Complete
We really hope that this step-by-step guide on how to draw a tree in 7 steps was not only helpful but also lots of fun to use!
Drawing something new can often feel a bit intimidating because you don’t need to start. That’s why we create these easy guides for you, as they can really make the process of drawing fun and easier.
Now that you’ve drawn your tree, you can show your creativity even further with your own details!
Apart from choosing your colors, you could also add in details like fruit and birds into it. You could even draw in a beautiful background, perhaps with a rainbow or someone lying under the tree.
The possibilities for you to personalize your tree with your own details are pretty much endless!
Once you’ve finished and colored in your beautiful tree drawing, we hope that you will share it to our Facebook and Pinterest pages for us to admire!
We always love to see the creativity and artistic skills you all have, so we would love to see how your amazing trees come out.