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
Draw a series of connected, rounded, “U” shaped lines to enclose the foliage, or leaves, of the tree.
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.
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.
Draw curved lines to indicate the ground across the horizon. Include another tuft of grass, using short, curved lines connected at sharp points.
Draw another tree. Begin by drawing a set of parallel curved lines. Draw the fork in the branches using a “V” shaped line.
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.
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.
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