Discover the art of the arbor.
There are over three trillion trees on earth, each with its own character and unique appearance, so it’s no wonder trees are among the most common yet beautiful subjects to draw. You might be surprised at how easy drawing a realistic tree is. Give it a try and see for yourself.
Six steps for a realistic tree drawing.
Follow along as artist and illustrator Spencer Nugent shows you an easy and effective way to draw a deciduous tree, step by step.
1. Draw the basic structure.
Start out with a few leading lines to indicate the general shape and guide the direction of the tree branches. For this tree, Nugent chose to start with a graphite pencil in Adobe Fresco for a pencil drawing style. Pen and ink will also work well with this method, but you may want to save the watercolors or colored pencils for later in the process.