How to Draw Realistic Trees and Leaves

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When making a "realistic" drawing you want to try to replicate something on paper as accurately as possible. Learn how to draw realistic trees and leaves with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Rosalie, and I'm an artist. And, I'm going to show you how to draw realistic trees and leaves. So, you want to draw a tree. Start with the trunk. And, I'm just making, like, a sort of a point, come up to a point. And, get wider - it's what a lot of tree trunks do. And then, I'm going to put some branches coming up like this, to end up in sort of a cone shape. This is like a conifer type of tree. And then, coming off that, there'd be more branches. I'm just doing them like this, all sort of in the same angle. Trees have a lot of geometry, and they're very specific to their type, and very beautiful. And then, you can even sort of fill in foliage onto that. You just sort of get a little abstract with it. You're just basically filling in the shape of the tree. You put in the structure, you know. And, you can go right over the trunk too, because that's what would really happen. You just sort of get some additional - just fill it in. You got the basic structure in, and then the rest is sort of like just filling it in, you know? It's a lot going on on a tree. So, that would be a sort of realistic tree shape, and if you wanted a closer look at what the leaves on the branches were doing, you could sort of have it be like this. These are actually more like needles than leaves, but they're a type of leaf, and they grow like this. I mean, they're the leaves that make up this tree. And, this is like a more detailed look at one of the branches of this tree. They're just covered with these. Pen got a little dry. Just finish it up with this one. That's how I draw realistic trees and leaves.


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