How to Draw a Fern

Learn how to draw a great looking Fern with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Fern.

Get Free Printable COLORING PAGE of This Drawing

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Fern

How to Draw a Great Looking Fern for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the fern outline by drawing the leaf vein or midrib. Use two long curved lines that meet at a sharp point at the top.

At the bottom, connect the lines using a short curved line. From the side of the vein, extend a series of horizontal curved lines. These are the pinna or main leaflets.

Easy Fern Drawing - Step 2

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Continue drawing curved lines on that side of the leaf. Notice how they get shorter as they near the apex or tip of the leaf. Then, draw successively shorter curved lines on the opposite side.

Unlock AD FREE and PRINTABLE drawing and coloring tutorials

  • 1,900+ drawing & coloring PDFs
  • 50+ ebooks
  • Ad-free website

Easy Fern Drawing - Step 3

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Each pinna is made up of smaller leaflets called pinnules. You will draw the pinnules next.

Along the curved line, make a series of curved triangle shapes, drawing pairs of curved lines and allowing them to meet at a point.

Notice how the shapes are larger near the midrib and smaller at the pinna’s tip.

Easy Fern Drawing - Step 4

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Finish the pinnules of the lowest pinna, then move on to the second row.

Easy Fern Drawing - Step 5

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Use pairs of curved lines that meet at points to draw the pinnules on the third and fourth rows of the pinna.

Easy Fern Drawing - Step 6

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Continue to draw pinnules, using pairs of curved lines that meet at points. Remember that the shapes should be larger near the center of the leaf and smaller at its edges.

Easy Fern Drawing - Step 7

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Continue to enclose the pointed, zig-zag shape of the fern leaves.

Add More Details to Your Fern Picture - Step 8

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. As you reach the smallest pinna near the leaf’s apex, you no longer have to enclose individual shapes.

Instead, use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points, noting how the lines don’t intersect the left veins.

Complete the Outline of Your Fern Drawing - Step 9

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete the fern frond using curved lines that meet at points. Use additional lines for leaf veins when needed.

Color Your Fern Drawing

Fern step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Your fern outline is now complete. Color your cartoon plant. Ferns are usually bright green in color, with some tinged in red, purple, or brown.

If you are creating an imaginary scene, your fern frond can be any color you want!

For more great easy cartoon drawing tutorials, see the collection of How to Draw Easy Cartoons for Beginners.

Easy, step by step Fern drawing tutorial
How to Draw a Fern Pinterest Image

Click HERE to save the tutorial to Pinterest!

Learn More About The Fern Drawing

Would you like to learn how to draw a fern? This easy, step-by-step cartoon plant drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

Ferns don't have flowers, but they are interesting plants nonetheless. Each "leaf" is called a frond or blade. It is made of smaller sections called pinna. Each pinna is made up of little leaflets called pinnules.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

Ferns can set an exotic scene. They are reminiscent of palm trees, which also have deeply pinnate leaves. You can learn how to draw a palm tree here.

Ferns often grow in forests, like the one in this cartoon forest drawing. Fern-filled forests call to mind places like New Zealand or the redwood forests of California.

For more easy and fun guides, see the How to Draw a Cartoon Sunflower or Seaweed Drawing tutorials.

Fern Drawing Tutorial - Easy & Fun Printable Pages

Join now and get immediate access to thousands of printable drawing instruction and practice pages!

How to Draw a Fern Printable Thumbnail

Learn how to get access to thousands of printable pages!

Become a member sales prompt


Still seeing ads or not being able to download the PDF?

First, check that you're logged in. You can log in on the member login page.

If you're still not able to download the PDF, the likely solution is to reload the page.

You can do this by clicking the browser reload button.

It is a circular arrow-shaped icon at the top of the browser window, typically found in the upper-left side (you can also use keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl+R on PC and Command+R on Mac).

Why You Can Trust Our Drawing Guides

We've been creating high-quality, easy-to-follow drawing tutorials since 2016. Rauno and the team of experienced artists are dedicated to helping people of all ages and skill levels learn to draw.

We've carefully crafted over 1,900 step-by-step tutorials, ensuring that each one is safe, beginner-friendly, and engaging. We expand our library with new drawing guides every week, adding more drawing ideas and staying up-to-date with new trends.

Our commitment to quality and accessibility has earned the trust of more than 1,700 satisfied paid members who have access to the huge library of drawing printables and ebooks, in addition to the regular step-by-drawing tutorials that are available for all readers.

You can trust Easy Drawing Guides to provide you with some of the best drawing tutorials available online.

Learn more about Rauno and Easy Drawing Guides.