How to Draw the Tree of Life

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Many religious traditions around the world have a tree of life, sacred tree, or world tree tradition. In some legends, a huge tree binds together the heavens and the earth.

In others, the tree is located in "the center of the earth" and often "protected by supernatural guardians." The tree confers continued life, perhaps everlasting life, to humankind.

In Christian iconography, the Tree of Life was located in the Garden of Eden.

After the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, sinned by consuming the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and bad, they were cast out of the garden so that they could not "take fruit also from the tree of life and eat and live forever" (Genesis 3:22).

The entrance to the garden, and thus the tree, was then protected by angels and a flaming sword.

Today, the stylized tree of life motif is often seen on jewelry and decor. It is closely associated with the family tree and the idea of close ties to loved ones and family members.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon of the tree of life? This easy, step-by-step cartoon plant drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to shade your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Tree Branch, Oak Tree, and Easter Egg Tree.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Tree of Life

Tree of Life drawing - step 1
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the lower trunk and roots of the tree. Use curved lines that meet at swirling points on the ends, resembling the tentacles of an octopus. Note, too, the bulges on the roots with a teardrop shape drawn in the middle. These indicate tangled overlapping roots.

Tree of Life drawing - step 2
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 2

2. Continue drawing the roots using long and short curved lines. Note the shapes that the roots make - small triangles and an inverted heart similar to that of a Celtic knot.

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Tree of Life drawing - step 3
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 3

3. Continue drawing the roots using curved lines, noting that the remaining roots don't end in points; rather, they are joined together. Erase portions of existing roots as necessary.

Tree of Life drawing - step 4
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 4

4. Begin drawing the branches of the tree. On one side, use curved lines to draw a short pointed branch. On both sides, draw a long, downward-pointing branch. Use a pair of parallel curved lines that diverge sharply near the tip. Connect the ends with a wide, curved, "V" shaped line.

Tree of Life drawing - step 5
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 5

5. Draw the next set of branches, erasing points of overlap as necessary. Use a long curved line for the top of each branch. Draw the bottom of the branch using a series of curved lines, punctuated by sets of curved lines that meet at points. Note that one twig diverges into a spiral shape and a point that crosses over the lower branch.

Tree of Life drawing - step 6
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to draw the next branch, erasing as necessary. Note the twigs coming up from the branch below to intersect and help form the knot-like pattern.

Tree of Life drawing - step 7
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to draw the next branch, erasing as necessary. Note the twigs coming up from the branch below to intersect with and help form the knot-like pattern.

Tree of Life drawing - step 8
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 8

8. Draw the final branch at the crown of the tree. Use two curved lines that meet at a point. Then, draw leaves all around the tree.

Tree of Life drawing - step 9
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 9

9. Draw the rest of the leaves. For each leaf, use two curved lines to draw a teardrop-like shape that is pointed at the tip. Draw a line down the center of the leaf to form the central vein.

Complete Tree of Life drawing
How to Draw Tree of Life: Step 10

Color your cartoon tree of life design. We've shaded the one in our illustration with a dark solid color to imitate the tribal tattoo style.

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