Have you ever heard someone say, "You can't see the forest for the trees"? This saying describes someone who is so focused on details that they can't see the big picture.
Here, though, we've compiled a list of the best tree drawing tutorials on the internet so that you can see the forest and the trees - you'll learn how to draw every detail, from leaves, seeds, and branches to complete forest ecosystems.
Why would you want to sketch cartoon trees? Forests and trees are among the most valuable resources we have.
They provide shade, food, wood for building things, oxygen to breathe, and they pull poisonous toxins from the air. Plus, trees are fun for climbing!
You can draw a tree to show appreciation for all they do, especially on Arbor Day or Earth Day.
Trees can also become characters in themselves. Think, for instance of the children's book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
Other examples include Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, Treebeard and Old Man Willow from The Lord of the Rings, the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter,, The Great Deku Tree from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Grandmother Willow from Disney's Pocahontas.
A whole forest of sketches awaits you!
Don't forget to visit our animal drawing guides as well, to fill your forest with lions, and tigers, and bears - oh my! - along with plenty of other cute cartoon creatures.
In the fall of the year, deciduous trees are gilded with browns, reds, oranges, yellows, and golds as their leaves turn colors. Vacationers known as "leaf peepers" travel just to see these trees at their peak.
American naturalist John Burroughs once said, "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." You can make the leaves beautiful when you complete this simple sketch.
The Easter egg tree is an ancient tradition in parts of Europe. Its origins are not fully known but involve the use of plants and fertility symbols in worship. Today, people decorate Easter egg trees by tying real or plastic eggs to their branches.
The family tree developed because of the branching, tree-like shape of charts tracing children, parents, and grandparents through the generations. You can draw a family tree and place pictures or sketches of your family members inside.
From The Wind in the Willows to Pocahontas, the draping form of the weeping willow tree is well known. Some people find them beautiful, while others think they look creepy and foreboding. What do you think?
Dead trees are often used to set a spooky scene or to indicate a past disaster, such as a fire or pollution. But did you know? Dead trees called snags are essential to the environment. They serve as perches and nesting sites for certain birds, including hawks and eagles.
The olive branch is used as a symbol of peace. This may date back to the biblical account in which a dove brought an olive leaf to Noah, who waited on the ark. This let him know that the earth had dried off after the great flood.
Trees are essential cartoon elements, whether they are background features or play a role in the story. Will your characters rest in the shade, climb the tree's branches, swing from a vine, or crash like George of the Jungle? The choice is yours.