How to Draw a Palm Leaf


Palm leaves bring to mind a warm spring day and the coming of Easter. These leaves can be drawn in a variety of styles and sizes. Palm leaves can be drawn in just a few minutes by people of every age, from three to 93, and can incorporate each person's unique artistic flair.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Draw a stem for the palm leaf using a pencil. Draw two long parallel lines with a slight curve in them. Each line will represent a side of the central palm leaf stem. Make these lines about 8 to 10 inches long. They can curve only slightly or quite a bit. Allow the top of the two lines on one end to taper off and connect to make the tip of the palm leaf stem.

  • Draw a connecting line at the bottom of the palm leaf stem lines, opposite from the tapered, connected end of the palm leaf stem.

  • Draw pairs of short lines shooting out from the main stem. Draw two lines that lie about a half inch apart at a 45-90 degree angle from the palm leaf stem. Draw 10 to 15 of these line pairs on each side of the stem, staggering each pair to create a natural appearance.

  • Color over the palm leaf stem and the added leaves using crayons or colored pencils. Use a darker green color to outline the stem and the leaves, and use a lighter shade of green to color in the body of the palm leaf.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use light strokes with the pencil when drawing the initial palm leaf contour so you can erase any mistakes with ease.

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