How to Draw a Rainforest

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Rainforests are usually really, really dense. Learn how to draw a rainforest with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hey guys, my name is Chris, and today we're going to show you how to draw a rainforest. Now usually rainforests are really, really dense, so I only have a couple colors to work with, so you might want to use a little bit more, a couple different kinds of greens, different kinds of browns, just a very very colorful palette. But what I'm going to start off is kind of a weird looking tree because in the rainforest, you know, trees are all kind of like twisty and turny, they're not really like straight up and down trunks pretty much. So just make a couple lines kind of like going to a little swirly. Now we're going to make a couple branches here. Just kind of going on. And then maybe like keep a balance here, so do another one on the other side. Just kind of like the same way. Make a couple branches. Now we have the trunks of just two of the trees that are kind of in the background. So here we're going to do just a little bit of greenery on the top and usually rainforest trees are a little more droopy than regular trees. So just kind of kind of like just very roughly draw on some leaves here. And make them look a little bit on the droopier side. All right now, these are kind of like in the background. Maybe draw a little bit of a green around the bottom here. And again, rainforests are really dense, so you might not want to do too much detail, just keep with the colors, just because there's so much going on in there, I mean you can only draw so much, but maybe you want to throw on a couple vines on the trees. When you're putting vines down just notice where the weight is on the vines where gravity kind of pulls it down. And maybe just do a couple. Maybe you want to do like closer to the foreground, maybe you want to do some leaves kind of coming up. So these are the leaves that are going to be closer to you. Just kind of gives us a little bit more of a perspective on your drawing. And kind of get creative with it just kind of throw in whatever you want. Leaves wherever you want and just kind of keep in mind the depth because rainforests are pretty deep and dark. So there's a lot of stuff going on in there and there's a lot of things that you can draw. Maybe we have another beginning of a trunk kind of coming this way. And don't ever be afraid to do any erasing or anything like that if you want to draw something in front or behind something. Just go ahead and do what you got to do. Maybe do a little bit of kind of like twisting bark here. Maybe some like mold or algae here, whatever is growing at the base here. Maybe another leaf. Maybe you also work with like a lagoon in the background. So you can kind of just use your blue and draw in a lagoon on the side. And that's kind of like the edge of the lake right there. Put a little more green on the back just to show where the land is. And then maybe you want to get colorful and maybe draw in some flowers or something. So just kind of like draw your flowers in there. Keep it colorful. And just do your thing. But anyway, that's my rainforest, so let's see yours. There's your rainforest for today.

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