How to Draw a Willow Tree, Weeping Willow
It's going to be a long night in the town of Dragoart tonight because there is more lessons that are going to be pouring in, and this time they will be by me. I just wanted to say that Catlucker has done an amazing job on Bruno Mars and I am really happy to have her submitting her work on Dragoart, she really does brighten up the site with her amazing sketches. Anyways, on another not lets talk about what you will be getting a lesson on next. To start my day I will be teaching you "how to draw a willow tree", step by step. I was asked to make more tree lessons and I'm guessing it's because the summer is approaching and trees will start filling out. The willow tree is probably on the top ten list of most popular or well recognized tree species in existence. There are two other species of tree that are just as popular and that is the sallow, and osler. The willow is a tree that is largely found in the northern hemisphere. They live in cold weather very well, and their bark is dense, watery, and full of salicylic acid. What makes the willow tree beautiful to look at is how the branches are so delicate in appearance which makes them almost therapeutic to admire as you gaze upon the slender branches, and elongated leaves. I can remember days when I was just six years old my folks used to take us to an ice cream parlor that had a small fenced in dwelling with three goats and a few chickens. I used to feed the goats skinny bendable branches filled with leaves to the goats. It was such a fun time in my life because the animals where so cute and being a six year old kid you can imagine how awesome it was for me. Anyways, before I let you get busy with this tutorial on how to draw a willow tree, I just want to tell you that my favorite animated weeping willow is from Pocahontas created by Disney. Her name was Grandmother Willow, and Pocahontas used to go to her for spiritual guidance. Have fun with this tutorial guys and be sure to let me know what you thought of it by commenting and rating. Peace out people!....
You will start at the bottom and then work your way up. Start by making some lines. As you know willow trees have amazingly large roots that literally grow above ground. You will need to draw a foundation line for the root system, and then draw the two other lines for the trunk and limbs.
Begin utilizing the guidelines you drew in step one by sketching out the thick roots, and then draw out the trunk of the tree.
Instead of drawing individual branches, I've decided to make the limbs and leaves resemble limp chunks of hair. Begin sketching out the four sections of limbs like you see here and be sure to make them look like they are weeping.
Continue to sketch out more and more sections of the willow tree like you see here, and be sure to make some section thicker, larger, and longer then the rest.
Continue to sketch out layers upon layers until completed. You will notice that this willow tree will start looking like a multi tiered wedding cake.
AS you move up the tree the limb layers become smaller and smaller. As you sketch out the limbs and hair like leaves, you also need to sketch in detailing and texture definition at the same time. When your tree looks like the one you see here move to step seven.
I do believe that you have reached the last drawing step. Now all you have to do is sketch out the final top layer and then be sure to detail the willow tree to make it look absolutely beautiful. This is a great tree to use for a scenery or landscape. Erase any visible guidelines or shapes.
Here is what your tree looks like when you are all done. Now you can color it in and use what you just learned to decorate your next landscape sketch.