This step by step tutorial shows how to draw a simple palm tree with illustrated examples and drawing tips for each step.
It’s recommended that you use a pencil and draw light lines until the finals steps of this tutorial as you will need to erase some small parts of the drawing before you finish. Making light lines will also help you correct any potential mistakes.
Step 1 – Draw the Crown of Leaves
Start the drawing of the palm tree with the outlines of the leaves.
Firt draw the leaves that are facing towards the front. Then draw the next set of leaves behind them followed by the next set behind those. Finally draw the leaves (or in this case leaf) at the very back.
Step 2 – Draw the Trunk
Below the leaves draw a curved trunk that is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top. You can do this with just two pairs of curved lines.
Step 3 – Draw the Center Parts of the Leaves
Draw a line through roughly the center of each leaf to show the rachis (the middle part of the palm leaf).
Step 4 – Draw the Stripes Along the Trunk
Add some stripes along the trunk to give the palm tree its characteristic look. Space the stripes farther apart toward the bottom and closer together as they go up the trunk.
Step 5 – Finish the Line Drawing
Finally to make the leaves look more palm tree like draw some little “cuts” along their sides. Try and draw these at random intervals and of lightly different sizes. Generally they should be slightly smaller towards the base and tips of the leaves and larger near the middle.
Once done you can go over the entire drawing with either darken pencil lines, black pen or marker. You can also erase the outlines around the parts of the leaves where you drew the little “cuts”.
Step 6 – Color the Palm Tree
To color the palm tree you can make the leaves a yellow/green color and the trunk a light brown. You can do this with paints, colored pencils or markers.
Palm trees have a very specific shape which makes them fairly distinct from other trees and somewhat easier to draw. If you want to try drawing some other tree types also see:
- How to Draw a Pine Tree Step by Step
- How to Draw a Tree Step by Step
- How to Draw a Mushroom Step by Step