Drawing Outline of Bare Trees

Outline of branch structure of a tree has to be drawn in a believable manner as a first step to draw a convincing bare tree. In the tutorial on drawing branches, we discussed some of the key considerations to keep in mind when drawing branch outline. They can be summarised as following:

  1. Use a wandering line to create outline of a branch. Don’t use a straight flat solid line.
  2. Always taper the branch appropriately. Don’t taper it too quickly.
  3. Clearly identify the relative order of branches by using ‘discontinuity’ at the point of intersection.
  4. Add interest with overlapping branches in different directions.

Following are some examples of bare trees that can be studied to understand the points above. Click on the image to see them in details. Practice drawing outline of trees in this manner till you can draw them in a convincing manner.

Branches Lying on the ground:

Few broken branches lying on the ground is a simple fun composition that can be easily done from imagination anytime. Following are some examples of this.


Practice drawing outlines of bare trees and branches lying on the ground as shown above. Carry a small sketch book and practice often.

Have fun,


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