Introduction: How to Draw a Palm Tree

This is a tutorial on how to draw a cool palm tree relatively easily. :) You don't have to know how to draw, just try and follow the steps. :).
All you really need is a regular pencil and paper, but I like to use my sketchbook, B and 6B pencils, and a good eraser. I like using either Faber-Castel or Derwent brand pencils personally.

Step 1: Beginning the Trunk

Draw a slightly curved line of whatever length you want. :) feel free to make several lines, then pick which one you like best. (I'll be using the B pencil until otherwise specified). Then, draw another line about one inch over of the same length, curving it in to make the trunk skinnier as it goes up.

Step 2:

Loosely sketch in short lines that connect the original two lines. Curve them to match the curvature of the trunk. Don't be too picky, they can be as close or as far apart as you like.

Step 3: Leaves

Sketch in some outlines of the fronds, making as many as you like. They are kind of like teardrop or banana shapes, refer to the pictures if you need help. :) then draw a line straight down the middle of each leaf.

Step 4: Trunk Detail

This parts a little hard to explain, so try and follow the pics the best you can. Begin shading and defining each section, making a pronounced bump for each segment, then shade along that curve. Then, erase any harsh lines in the middle of the tree that might interrupt its flow.

Step 5: Frond Detail

Using the 6B pencil, make rough and poky edges all along each frond. Make it as neat or as sloppy as you want, I personally like sloppy because it looks more natural and cool. :) then, darken in the center lines of each frond. Next, connect each spike to the center of the frond.

Step 6:

You're done! Fix up any details you like or draw more until you find the style you prefer. Remember that there is no such thing as bad art, only a bad attitude. :D Keep practicing until you're satisfied with what you're doing, and don't let anyone tell you it's "bad". :)

If you have any questions, comments, criticisms, or requests, let me know in the comments! :)

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