How to Draw Shrubs

Let’s draw shrubs step by step. Tools needed: paper, black pen, green pen, light green pen, yellow pen, red pen.

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Home to wildlife and insects, and providing a range of unique leaves and styles, shrubs are a vital part of our ecosystem – and what better way to celebrate them than with a gorgeous drawing!


How to draw shrubs step 1

Begin with a black pen, and use this to draw a long, horizontal and bumpy line around an inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the page.


How to draw shrubs step 2

Continue this bumpy line up from each of the bottom corners, moving up diagonally to meet at the top in a “point” – remember, your limes are covered in bumps.


How to draw shrubs step 3

Now, add a few details to the center of your shrub, by grouping small “n” shapes together in clusters of four or five.


How to draw shrubs step 4

Grab a green pen, and fill in the bottom half of your shrub with the shade, leaving a few gaps – it does not have to be perfect or symmetrical. You can also add the green to the very bottom of the “clusters”, but leave the tops bare for the moment.


How to draw shrubs step 5

Switch to a yellow pen, and use this to fill in the “clusters” you just drew.


How to draw shrubs step 6

Add a few subtle, yellow dots scattered around the shrub.


How to draw shrubs step 7

Now take a red pen, and turn those yellow dots into flowers by using the red to add petals.


How to draw shrubs step 8

With a light green pen, fill in the gaps at the bottom of the shrub, leaving you with a combination of dark and lighter greens across the bottom third of your drawing.


How to draw shrubs step 9

Next, choose a light green pen which is slightly different than the previous color, and use this to add color to the top edges of the shrub, bringing the color down to meet the darker shades at the halfway point. You should now have a “triangle” of this lighter green shade around the top of the drawing.


How to draw shrubs step 10

Finally, use a light green pen which is slightly different than the previous color to fill in the remaining space – this will give you a realistic finish with plenty of shades of vibrant, gorgeous green, just as you see a range of colors in a real life plant.

With just a few short steps, you have learned to create a key element of the landscape – use your imagination to extend the scene, change the flowers, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature.

Interesting Facts About Shrubs

Shrubs are an essential part of our landscapes and gardens, but what is it that makes them unique from other plants?

Shrubs are also known more commonly as bushes, and the term is used to describe a perennial woody plant, usually small to medium in size. Shrubs differ to herbaceous planets, as they contain a persistent, woody stem which pokes out above the ground, and tend to be deciduous or evergreen, meaning that they will usually display foliage all year round, unlike other plants which lose their leaves in winter.

They can also be distinguished from trees and other plants thanks their shorter height – usually less than 20-30 ft tall, compared to the dizzying heights which can be reached by trees. Some shrubs are especially small – under 6.6 ft – and these are sometimes referred to as “subshrubs” to highlight their reduced size.

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