Saturday, May 5, 2012

How to Draw a Willow Tree.

How To Draw a Willow Tree
This free printable drawing worksheet, How To Draw A Willow Tree, may be downloaded to your device and printed easily. Willow trees are fun to draw and add an interesting feature to any landscape.

To print the worksheet below just highlight it and send it to your printer or save to your device to print later. Some printers work better if you drag this image to the desktop and print from there. If you have problems see the how to print tab above or try the links below that have the worksheet in different formats.

Printing tip. Set your printer for greyscale and not black and white so you get all the detail.
How to draw a willow tree worksheet.

CLICK HERE for a file that works with some printers.
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I always start an outdoor picture with an idea of where the horizon (where the sky meets the earth) is. I never recommend that the horizon to be in the middle of the picture because that is boring, but here I sort of did make it that way, it only works because it is very jagged like the trees and the forest in the background.

The trunks of willow trees are twisted and not straight, so start the willow with a wiggly trunk and put in some angled lines for the twisted look.

In my drawing, I wanted to show some branches, so I did the branches before I did the long hanging leaves. The willow tree has branches that just go out away from the trunk so draw them outward and then up.

Lightly draw some circles to be an outline for the shape of the tree's top. Make it interesting and not just an umbrella or mushroom shape.

The hanging leaves all come to a stop at a straight line at the bottom so draw a line to keep you from drawing the leaves too low. The hanging leaves on the back side of the tree are more of shading than drawing. Shade downward and fill in the areas behind the branches so they stand out. Then draw the leaves in the front of the branches sketching down and outward. Use a pattern like an upside-down "Y."

You might need to change to a lighter and harder pencil for the leaves on the sunny side of the tree and use darker softer pencils for the leaves on the shady side of the tree. If you have overdrawn the leaves and made the tree too dark use and eraser to lift out some lighter areas. Make the grass in clumps under the tree.

Willows grow near water so I put a creek next to mine but you might want yours to be by a lake or waterfall.

Draw the background lightly since it is far away, add some interest to the background with a dark row of bushes and a lighter row of trees.

How To Draw Willow Illustration

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