How to Draw Cartoon Trees

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Drawing cartoon trees: some fun facts before starting sketching!

  • Some trees can live up to several hundred years! 
  • A tree in California was once measured at 350 ft high! 
  • Trees are essentials to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

Step 1

Drawing trees might not seem so difficult at first. But with the vast variety of trees available out there, it's not always easy to draw all of them efficiently. In the image on your left, you can see five different trees having five different shapes and five different tones of green. Let's take a closer look at the shapes of those five trees...

Step 2

The first one and the last one are made of big triangles. The others are just made of irregular shapes. Notice how some trees have a smaller trunk than the others. The second one has also some big branch and lots of foliage. Let's start our lesson by drawing a simple tree!



Step 3

First, sketch the trunk and a rough outline of the foliage. Next, draw some branches and draw a more precise outline of your tree. Add the foliage and insert some smaller branches within your creation. 

When you are finished, you can add the basic colors like green and brown. The shadows are not necessary but your creation will look more professional with them.

Step 4

Don't worry. I often draw some simple trees like this one (3) in my drawings. Depending on what you really want to achieve, this tree looks good (2) but requires more effort. 

It's not an obligation to go that far when creating a comic strip for example! Drawing a tree without foliage (5) can also be a nice challenge! Enjoy!


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