This easy tutorial shows how to draw a cartoon tree. It includes a total of six steps with examples and quick instructions for each of them.
The tutorial can be good for beginners or anyone looking to draw something simple. You can see a preview of the drawing stages included as examples in the image above.
It’s recommended that you start in pencil and make light and easy to erase lines in case you happen to make a mistake. You can darken them with a black pen or marker later on (before you color).
Step 1 – Draw the Trunk of the Tree
Start with the trunk and be sure to leave enough room at the top of your page/drawing area for the canopy (leaves/branches)
Make the trunk thicker toward the very bottom (near the roots) and then make it fairly even in width through the rest of it’s length until it splits into the two branches. Make one branch slightly thicker than than the other so that the tree looks more natural.
Step 2 – Draw the Outline of the Leaves
Above the trunk add the canopy. You can outline it as a series of different sized curves. Make it’s overall shape wider near the bottom and narrower towards the top.
Step 3 – Draw the Roots
Give a hint of roots at the very bottom by adding a few lines to split up the trunk.
Step 4 – Draw the Details of the Leaves
To make the tree appear more three dimensional draw several sets of curves inside the main outline of the canopy (as shown in the example).
For drawing an individual leaf see:
Step 5 – Finish the Line Drawing
For the last set of details add a few more curves to the inside of the canopy. You generally want these to be smaller than the ones in the previous step. With that done you can trace over your drawing with a black pen, marker or darker pencil lines.
Step 6 – Color the Tree
To finish the drawing you can add some very simple colors to the tree. Make the leaves green and the trunk brown. You can do this with colored pencils, markers or paint.
Alternatively you can make the leaves yellow or dark red if you want to draw a tree in the fall.
Make the canopy pink if you wan to show a blooming tree in the spring.
Even a simple cartoon tree like the one this tutorial can still look nice if you give enough attention to details. You can also easily change it from a summer to a fall or spring tree by simply adjusting the color.
For more similar tutorials also see:
- How to Draw a Leaf Step by Step
- How to Draw an Oak Leaf Step by Step
- How to Draw a Pine Tree Step by Step
- How to Draw a Palm Tree Step by Step
- How to Draw a Log Step by Step
- How to Draw a House Step by Step