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If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Can you see the forest for the trees?
Forests are a vital part of earth’s ecosystems. They produce much of the oxygen we breath, and they are home to animals large and small. Without the world’s forests, life as we know it would not be possible.
Now you can draw a forest, thanks to this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You’ll learn how to draw, not only a single tree, but many.
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You will not need any special skills or tools, only a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to color your finished drawing, and an eraser to remove guide lines or mistakes. In each step, new lines are added in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black.
When you’re finished, why not check out some of our other drawing tutorials to fill your forest with friendly woodland creatures, such as a fox, a bear, a squirrel, or a wolf?
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Forest
Begin by drawing a curved line to outline the trunk of one of the trees.
Then, draw the roots of the tree, using a curved, “S” shaped line to connect the base of the trunk to the side of the page. Draw a “Y” shape using two curved lines to outline the split of the branches.
Draw a series of connected, rounded, “U” shaped lines to enclose the foliage, or leaves, of the tree.
Draw curved lines from the tree trunk to the opposite edge of the page, outlining the curvature of the ground.
Draw a series of curved lines, of various lengths and connecting in sharp points, to form a tuft of grass at the base of the tree.
Draw another tuft of grass, using curved lines connected at sharp points. Continue to draw the ground using gently curved lines.
Outline a second tree in the background. Draw a set of parallel, curved lines to form the trunk. Draw a “U” shaped line between the parallel lines to indicate a fork in the tree branches.
Enclose the foliage of the second tree using connected, rounded, “U” shaped lines. Note the irregular shape of the outline, and how in some places the “U” shaped lines extend into the enclosed figure. This gives the tree a quality of depth.
Draw curved lines to indicate the ground across the horizon. Include another tuft of grass, using short, curved lines connected at sharp points.
Draw a set of vertical, parallel, curved lines to outline a third tree trunk. Draw a curved line shaped line a checkmark to indicate the split in the branches.
Enclose the foliage of the tree using connected, rounded, “U” shaped lines.
Draw a fourth tree. Begin with a set of parallel, curved lines. Draw the fork in the branches using a “U” shaped line. Then, enclose the foliage using connected “U” shaped lines.
Draw another tree. Begin by drawing a set of parallel curved lines. Draw the fork in the branches using a “V” shaped line.
Draw more rolling hills behind the distant trees. Draw a curved line passing behind the trees. Indicate bushes or scrubby plants using a series of connected short, curved lines and “U” shaped lines.
Draw additional trees in the background. Draw two sets of parallel, curved lines. Draw one or more “V” shaped lines at the top of each tree trunk to indicate the branches.
Continue drawing trees. After all, a forest consists of many trees. Some trunks can be partially hidden by others – draw a single curved line near another tree trunk, and include a “V” shaped line to indicate branches.
Draw more scrubby, bushy undergrowth in the background using small, connected “U” shaped lines.
Draw more small plants and grass in the forest. In the foreground, enclose a tuft of grass using curved lines meeting at sharp points. Do the same at the crest of a hill in the middle ground.
Add the detail of bark to your trees. Do so by drawing curved lines of various lengths and swirling, spiral lines along the trunks of the trees.
Color your forest.
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