How to Draw Fall Oak Leaves

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Complete Fall Oak drawing
Complete Fall Oak drawing

"That time of year thou may'st in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold."
- Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

​Oak trees are well known for producing acorns and displaying vivid colors in the fall of the year.

Valley, chestnut, and chinkapin oaks turn yellow in fall, while pin, scarlet, and red oaks display a brilliant red. The leaves of the English oak often assume a copper color, while others become brown.

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​Why do leaves change color in fall?

All leaves contain pigments called carotenoids, which produce yellow orange colors, and anthocyanins, producing red and purple shades.

During the spring and summer, leaves are actively feeding the tree, using light from the sun. This is done by special chemicals called chlorophyll, which is green in color.

As the weather cools and trees prepare for a long winter sleep, chlorophyll levels drop, unmasking the beautiful shades of the other pigments. Brown leaves occur when no other pigments are present.

​​In Japan, viewing autumn leaves has become a national pastime. This activity is called koyo in Japanese.

In Canada and the United States, this tradition is often called "leaf peeping."

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular autumn leaf viewing locations on the North American continent.

In the United States and Canada, animals such as squirrels, bear, woodpeckers, or cardinals might be observed on such ventures.

​Would you like to draw the colorful leaves of an autumn oak? Doing so is easy and fun with the help of this simple, step-by-step leaf drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. Likely, you will also want use crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, or other tools to shade your brightly colored leaves.

In each step, you will find detailed how-to illustrations, as well as explanatory text.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Maple Leaf, Palm Tree, and Cartoon Forest.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing ​Fall Oak Leaves

How to Draw a Great Looking Fall Oak for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 01

1. ​​​​​​Begin by drawing a long, curved line. This will become the stem and the central vein of the middle leaf.

Easy Fall Oak Drawing - Step 2

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 02

2. ​​​​​​Draw two long, curved lines extending from the sides of the first. These lines form the stem and veins of the additional leaves.

Easy Fall Oak Drawing - Step 3

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 03

3. ​​​​​​Begin to outline a leaf using a series of curved lines. Notice that the lines are of greatly varied lengths, and that they meet in sharp, jagged points. The longer lines allow you to form the lobes, or sections, of the leaf.

Easy Fall Oak Drawing - Step 4

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 04

4. ​​​​​​Continue to outline the leaf using jaggedly connected curved lines. Note the point at the tip of the leaf. Fully enclose the outline of the leaf.

Easy Fall Oak Drawing - Step 5

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 05

5.​ ​​Begin to outline the second leaf. This time, begin your series of curved lines at the side of the first leaf. This will make it appear that one leaf is behind the other.

Easy Fall Oak Drawing - Step 6

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 06

6. ​​​Continue to outline your leaf, fully enclosing the shape. Notice again that the longer curved lines are used to form the lobes of the leaf.

Easy Fall Oak Drawing - Step 7

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 07

7. ​​​​Outline the third leaf. Again, attach the lines to the leaf beside it, so that it appears to pass behind the previous leaf.

Add More Details to Your Fall Oak Picture - Step 8

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 08

8. ​​​​​Continue to outline the final leaf until the irregular, spiky shape is fully enclosed.

Complete the Outline of Your Fall Oak Drawing - Step 9

How to Draw a Fall Tree Step 09

9. ​​​​​​Detail your leaves by drawing veins in each. Do so by extending short, curved lines outward from the leaf's central vein.

Color Your Fall Oak Drawing

How to Draw a Fall Oak Leaves Step 10

10. Color your fall leaves. In nature, oak leaves display a variety of colors, including green, brown, copper, yellow, and red.

Why stop there? Draw yourself an entire forest with our maple leaf, cartoon tree, and cartoon forest drawing tutorials. Then, sketch a few friendly woodland animals to inhabit it.

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