How to Draw an Abstract Tree

Let’s draw an abstract tree step by step. Tools needed: paper, black pen and colorful pens.


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Start with a black pen, and draw a tall, sharp cone shape, veering off to the top right hand corner of your page – this should look almost like a blade of grass, or shoot.


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Next, add another shoot heading off to the side, around halfway up the length of the first one.


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Add a third shoot, this time veering off to the left, and off the edge of the page.


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Now, add two smaller shoots, one on either side, above the two you just created.


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Return to the main left hand shoot – the first one you drew on this side – and add another small shoot, heading upwards, roughly in the center of this one.


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Now, return to the second shoot on the left hand side – the one at the top – and draw two long, thin shoots heading off to the left. On the bottom one of these, add another shoot, this time a little smaller, and heading straight up.


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Add another, even smaller shoot, emerging from the branch you just created.


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Return to the second “main shoot” – the one at the top on the left hand side, and bring two more shoots off this one, heading out to the right – try to make these roughly in line with the two you created on the other side.


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Add another, small shoot to the very top of this one – the tip of this should go off the top of the page.


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Draw two small branches at the top left corner.


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Now, return to the main shoot that you started with, and add another shoot off to the left at the very top, with another, smaller shoot coming off to the right of this one.


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Next, return back to the main shoot, and add another, smaller shoot off to the right – roughly in line with the one you just drew.


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Move to the “second” shoot on the right hand side – the one above the main track – and add another shoot, heading upwards from this.


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Then, add another, smaller shoot to the right of this one.


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Then, add another shoot to this branch, this time heading off and downwards – almost like a fork of lightning.


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Add another small shoot heading upwards from the one you have just been working on…


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Draw a small branch at the top left and top right corner. You will now have an outline of shoots and branches, reaching up into the sky.


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Grab a brown pen, and fill in the entire shape with this shade.


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Next, use a yellow pen to fill in sections between the branches – three on the left, and four on the right hand side. Try and make sure that the sections you pick are alternated – do not place any yellow sections right beside one another.


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Use a red pen to fill in more sections between the branches; try and opt for sections which are beside the yellow areas you have just created.


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Grab an orange pen, and use this to fill in other sections, between the red and yellow.


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Then use a blue pen to add a vibrant shade to a couple more of the sections.


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Take a green pen, and repeat this process with a few more sections between the branches…


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And follow this up with a violet pen to add a rich, moody feel.


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Grab a light brown pen, and fill in three or four of the remaining spaces…


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Before using a blue pen to add color elsewhere.


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Take the green pen, and fill in a few more gaps…


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Before returning to the tree with the violet pen.


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Finally, return to the orange pen, and use this to fill in the remaining gaps, leaving you with a colorful, vibrant canopy.


Drawing a tree does not have to be super tricky, and you can really bring your drawing to life by experimenting with a range of colors and shades to make your tree your own.

Interesting Facts About Trees

There are no two ways about it: without trees, our world would look very different – and not for the better. They first appeared on the planet over 300 million years ago, and this was the major turning point for Earth. At this point, the surface of the planet was totally transformed, and became habitable for land animals.

Now, around 3 trillion trees exist, and can be found in gritty urban cities and lush, vast forests alike. There are now more than 60,000 known tree species, following an innovative global census in April 2017, which saw scientific experts from across the globe come together in one of the first projects of its kind, using data from botanical gardens, agricultural centers and museums to explore the entire range.

While the number of trees is staggering, an even more interesting fact is that more than half of all tree species in existence currently exist in a single country. Almost 58% of all species of tree are known as endemics – this means that each one only naturally occurs in the borders of a single nation. Brazil, Columbia and Indonesia are the countries with the highest number of endemic tree species, and this is largely due to their diverse forests and native foliage.

Put simply, humans cannot live without trees. They provide our oxygen, clean our air, take care of drainage, and ensure that the Earth is sustainable and livable for human beings. Sadly, deforestation is on the rise, with 46% fewer trees now than 12,000 years ago – and this is a trend we need to reverse. Learn how to draw your very own tree with our drawing tutorial above, and play your part in protecting these essential structures.

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