How to Draw a Cartoon Tree

Trees are an important part of every ecosystem. In fact, we couldn’t live without them – trees produce the very oxygen we breathe. Whether just a feature in the background or as the focal point of your picture, you will enjoy drawing this cartoon tree. Simply follow the easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial below.

In order to draw a cartoon tree, you will need a sheet of paper and something to draw with, such as a pencil, pen, or marker. You may also want to have handy an eraser and colored pencils, crayons, or markers.

As you follow this drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an image. New lines in each step are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps are in black.

Sketch lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your initial lines before you complete the drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Forest, Cartoon Flower, and Sun Flower.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Tree

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 1

Begin by drawing two parallel lines. The lines should curve toward each other slightly. This will form the trunk of the tree.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 2

Extend a curved line horizontally from each of the parallel lines. Draw another curved line beneath each, connected at a sharp point to the previous line. Connect the most recent lines using a short line. The lines will again meet in a point. You now have roots for your tree.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 3

Begin to draw the forking branches by extending a curved line from the left of the trunk. Above this line, draw three “U” shaped lines – one to the left of the trunk, one crossing the left line of the trunk, and the third at the top of the trunk.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 4

Erase the guide lines from the branches.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 5

Draw another branch on the right side of the tree, using two parallel curved lines and a “U” shaped line.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 6

Form the leafy top of the tree using a series of connected “U” shaped curved lines. These eight lines should connect to the branches on the left side of the tree.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 7

Enclose the scalloped form of the leafy bough using five more “U” shaped, curved lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 8

Begin the leafy portion on the right side of the tree by drawing five “U” shaped lines, connected to the branches on the right.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 9

Erase a small portion of the left leafy bough.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 10

Draw another bough, connected to the portion you just erased, using eight “U” shaped lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 11

Using five “U” shaped curved lines, enclose the bough on the right side of the tree.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 12

Erase a portion between the right and middle boughs.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 13

Draw three curved lines at the top of the tree, where the left and middle boughs meet.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 14

Add detail to the leafy portion of the tree. Draw three sets of three to five “U” shaped lines within the tree top.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 15

Add detail to the trunk of the tree. Draw a “U” shaped line beneath the central split of the branches. Draw a curved line on each side of the trunk, extending into the roots. Draw a curved line above the middle root.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 16

Draw a bough of four “U” shaped lines to the right of the tree top.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 17

Add an extra branch of two parallel lines between the right branch and the bough.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 18

Draw a circle within the trunk of the tree. Inside the circle, draw a swirl.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 19

Plant your tree in a grassy meadow. Draw grass on each side of the tree by drawing a series of eight short, curved lines that meet in jagged points.

How to Draw Cartoon Tree: Step 20

Color your tree. You may want to use shades of brown for the trunk and green for the leaves and grass.

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