How to Draw a Willow Tree

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Willow trees and shrubs are native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They often grow near sources of water, and their roots can even invade underground pipes and swimming pools.

The weeping willow, whose branches droop to the ground, is perhaps the most well-known. Another popular variety is the corkscrew willow, which has twisted twigs and branches.

At times, willow trees have been personified as intelligent characters. For example, in Disney’s animated film Pocahontas, Grandmother Willow was a weeping willow tree with a face, a voice, and a personality.

She advised young Pocahontas, provided a playground for her animal friends Meeko and Flit, and even fought against the settlers.

Did you know? Certain willow species produce a chemical compound used in pain relievers. Some Native Americans chewed willow bark as a remedy for headaches.

This is why Pocahontas gives the injured John Smith a package with the words, “Here, it’s from Grandmother Willow’s bark. It will help with the pain.”

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The Wind in the Willows, a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, is another famous literary example.

It follows the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger and is portrayed in the Disney film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of a weeping willow tree? You can use this simple, step-by-step cartoon plant drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper. You may also like to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Oak Tree, Fall Tree, and Cartoon Tree.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Willow Tree

Willow Tree drawing - step 1
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the curved trunk. Use pairs of curved lines for the trunk and each of the roots. The trunk and roots should overlap slightly.

Willow Tree drawing - step 2
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 2

2. Use pairs of curved lines, some overlapping with the lines of the trunk, to sketch the branches or limbs. Draw "V" shaped lines at the tips of some. Then, begin sketching the leafy foliage. Use a series of connected "U" shaped lines.

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Willow Tree drawing - step 3
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 3

3. Continue to draw the sagging, weeping foliage. Use a series of connected "U" shaped lines to draw the roughly "V" shaped boughs.

Willow Tree drawing - step 4
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 4

4. Continue drawing "V" shaped boughs of verdur using a series of connected "U" shaped lines. Texture the leaves with single "U" shaped lines and short chains of connected lines.

Willow Tree drawing - step 5
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 5

5. Draw two more weeping "V" shaped boughs using a series of connected "U" shaped lines. Then, use longer curved lines to draw the side of the tree's crown. Texture the foliage with curved and "U" shaped lines.

Willow Tree drawing - step 6
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to continue sketching the crown of the tree. Notice that the tops of the boughs overlap one another. Texture the leaves with several series of "U" shaped lines.

Willow Tree drawing - step 7
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 7

7. Draw the willow tree's uppermost bough, using a series of connected curved lines. Notice how its peak overlaps with its sides, and with the existing boughs. Texture the leaves with curved lines.

Willow Tree drawing - step 8
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 8

8. Complete the outline of the tree using a series of connected curved lines.

Willow Tree drawing - step 9
How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 9

9. Texture the leaves with several series of connected curved lines. Texture the bark with curved and swirling lines. Then, draw the ground beneath the tree using wavy lines with upward points.

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How to Draw Willow Tree: Step 10

Color your cartoon weeping willow tree. Both the bark and the leaves of willows are often silvery green.

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