How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Embark on the creative journey of drawing a tree that not only stands out but truly comes to life with the help of our Procreate brushes. Drawing a tree may seem like a straightforward task, yet the aim is to capture not just the form but the spirit of the tree, making it a compelling element of your artwork.

Follow along as we guide you through each step, from a basic sketch to a fully realized drawing, utilizing Procreate’s rich features to enhance your artistic expression.

Starting Your Artwork

Begin by launching Procreate and selecting a canvas size of 2100×2500 pixels. A well-chosen canvas size sets the foundation for your artwork, ensuring that you have a flexible and manageable workspace to bring your vision to life.

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Sketching Your Tree

With the HB Pencil from the Sketching brushes, draw the basic outline of your tree. 

Start with a solid trunk that tapers as it reaches the ground and then branches out into the main limbs. This stage is about capturing the general shape and posture of your tree, so keep your strokes light and adjustable.

The sketch serves as a blueprint, guiding your subsequent layers and refinements.

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Refining the Sketch

Refine your initial sketch by enhancing the details of your tree. Add texture to the trunk and flesh out the branches, making them more distinct and varied in thickness. This phase brings clarity and depth to your sketch, setting a detailed foundation for the line art and coloring stages that follow.

It’s about defining the character and structure of your tree, preparing it for the more defined stages ahead.

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Creating Line Art

Switch to a finer brush, such as the Studio Pen in the Inking category, for the line art phase. Trace over your sketch with clean, confident lines to define the edges of your tree, including the outline of the trunk, branches, and individual leaves or clusters of foliage. 

This step is crucial for separating your tree from the background and providing a clear guide for adding color and details. 

Line art not only cleans up your initial sketch but also lays down the definitive shapes that will be filled with color.

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Adding Color

Choose the Soft Brush under the Painting category to begin adding color to your tree.

 Start with a base color for the leaves and a separate, natural tone for the trunk and branches. Apply the colors gently, focusing on broad areas to establish the primary hues of your tree. 

This step laying the groundwork for enhanced texture and dimension with strategic shading and highlighting.

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Adding Shadows and Highlights

With a darker shade selected for the shadows, use the Soft Brush to apply these to parts of the tree that would naturally be less exposed to light. 

After shading, switch to a lighter shade for highlights, using the Soft Brush to touch areas hit by light. This step elevates the tree’s dimensionality, accentuating its form and texture with realism.

Highlights bring out the tree’s details, offering a contrast that breathes life and depth into your artwork. This process adds dimension and volume to your tree, making it appear more lifelike and three-dimensional. 

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Final Details

For the final touches, zoom in to meticulously draw the intricate details such as the texture of the bark and the individual leaves, while also making the last adjustments to shading and highlights.

Additionally, employ the Smudge tool to blend colors more effectively, achieving a more realistic and seamless transition between tones. Incorporate a brush specifically designed for texture, contributing to a more realistic appearance.

This blending technique enriches the overall depth and authenticity of your artwork, ensuring each element integrates harmoniously.

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

Final Art

Let your imagination run wild and add various elements to make your tree part of a new world and a unique piece of art. Feel free to experiment with different settings or characters that can transform your tree into a central piece of a broader narrative. This is your opportunity to not only showcase your skills but also to create a captivating story within your canvas.

Once you’re completely satisfied with your masterpiece, feel free to share your creative endeavor with others or hold onto it as a cherished mark of your artistic journey.

How To Draw Tree in Procreate: From Sketch to Finish

We hope that drawing with us has made the creation process easier for you and has helped in crafting your Tree! Gradual creation is something that brings our work to life and contributes to our drawing skills, enabling us to manage and achieve whatever we desire.

Our brushes offer a vast array of possibilities to facilitate the depiction of details, textures, and for easier line work, and even for drawing pre-existing elements (like the moon, monkeys, birds). Take a look at our wide range to complete your brush library and simplify your work in creating your artistic piece! 

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Tanya is a digital artist with a passion for bringing stories to life through her art. Drawing has been a part of her life since childhood, and over the years, she expanded her repertoire to include both traditional mediums and digital platforms. Her toolkit includes a range of software skills, from Procreate and Photoshop to Adobe Indesign, and After Effects.

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