Draw a Pine Tree

If you would like to make a dense forest for your next illustration, you need to start by learning how to draw an individual tree. Follow these simple steps to learn how!


  1. Draw a vertical rectangle. This will serve as the trunk of our pine tree. You can make it as long or as short as you want, but try to keep the height larger than the width (or your tree will end up looking like a stump with branches).
  2. Draw four or more teardrop shapes from the base of the trunk outwards. These will be the roots.
  3. Draw a small triangle where you want your tree to start. Erase excess, overlapping lines from the previous step's root triangles.
  4. Draw more triangles on top of one another to make the tree look fuller. Make the sides of the triangles curvy to give them a more natural look
  5. Continue drawing increasingly bigger triangles. Stop once you've covered most of the trunk, as seen here.
  6. Erase any excess guidelines. Your tree should look like a cookie cutter shape, just a black outline without anything inside it
  7. Paint the spines of the tree a bright green color, and the trunk and roots with brown. If you're drawing a Christmas tree, add lights and ornaments, even a star on top


  • Draw lightly in pencil so that you can easily rub out mistakes.

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