How to Draw Vines

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"Fe, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman!"
- The giant, Jack and the Beanstalk

Many plants have a vining habit, producing long, twining stems that rely on outside structures to support them. Grapes are among the most recognizable. Around the world, grapevines are cultivated on farms called vineyards, often to produce wine. Beans, peas, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons, and other food plants also produce vines that must be supported on a trellis or frame. Wild vines include the itch-inducing poison ivy. These wild vines use trees, plants, or other structures for support.

Perhaps the most vivid popular culture reference to the vine is that of Jack and the Beanstalk, in which magic beans produce a giant vine that reaches up to a giant's home in the clouds. Grapevines are a popular motif in home decor and often signify wine culture or the country of Italy, which is known for its vineyards. The Jonas Brothers, a musical group, produced an album called Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, in which many of the songs use vines as metaphors.

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Gardens have been a part of human life from time immemorial, and victory gardens were popular during World War I and World War II. In modern times, the victory garden has been transformed into the "quarantine garden," as many people have taken up the hobby of gardening during times of self-isolation and social distancing. The quarantine garden also serves another purpose. It reassures the gardener that he or she will have a ready supply of food during times of uncertainty.

You can "plant" your own cartoon quarantine garden with the help of this easy, step-by-step cartoon plant drawing tutorial.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Vines

How to Draw Vines: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the dirt in which the plant grows. Use overlapping segments of connected "U" shaped lines. Then, draw the upright stake of the trellis, or wooden framework that supports the vine. Extend a long, curved line up from the dirt, and double it back upon itself to enclose the stake.

How to Draw Vines: Step 2

2. Draw the crossbeam of the trellis. Extend a long, curved line from the stake at a perpendicular angle. Double it back upon itself to enclose the beam. On the opposite side of the stake, use a short curved line to enclose the end of the beam.

How to Draw Vines: Step 3

3. Draw pairs of "S" shaped lines emerging from one side of the beam or stake, crossing it, and disappearing on the opposite side. This outlines the vine.

How to Draw Vines: Step 4

4. Erase the lines of the trellis from within the vine. Then, draw many long, curved lines extending from the vine. These are the twigs on which the leaves will grow. At the tip of the vine, draw a pair of lines in a "curly Q" or spiral pattern, allowing them to meet at a sharp point.


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How to Draw Vines: Step 5

5. Draw two curved lines around each twig, one on each side. This encloses the heart-shaped leaves.

How to Draw Vines: Step 6

6. Draw short, curved lines from the central vein of each leaf to the edge of the leaf. This textures the leaves and indicates the smaller, secondary veins.

How to Draw Vines: Step 7

7. Draw a number of "curly Q" spiral shapes emerging from the vine. These tendrils are what the plant uses to wrap around and cling to the trellis.

How to Draw Vines: Step 8

8. Texture the wood by drawing curved lines and circles along it.


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How to Draw Vines: Step 9

9. Texture the vine using curved lines.

How to Draw Vines: Step 10

Color your vine. Then, visit a veritable greenhouse of drawing ideas to pick out the next inhabitants to place in your garden. Tomatoes, pumpkins, flowers, or fruit - what you harvest is up to you.

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How to Draw Vines

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