READ DESCRIPTION (how to draw trees)

by The Vagabond @8-bit-adventure on May 27, 2018

READ DESCRIPTION (how to draw trees)

Step 1: Pick your basic colors from darkest to lightest. I typically use 4. You may use as many as you like. You can hue-shift the colors for a warmer or cooler lighting effect. Step 2: Draw a straight line with the line tool. This is the trunk. For more varied trees, you are free to bend the trunk however you like. Scribble the outline. A rough cone shape is fine for most evergreens. For variation, you can cut in some deeper grooves. No pressure here. You can fix mistakes later. Step 4: Fill in the empty spaces Step 5: Fix up what you've done. You don't want to make anything too point unless it's a dead branch. At the same time, try to add some single-pixel nubs to the edges of your branches. Step 6: Use you're lighter color to draw a variety of blobs. This is the light falling on the exposed branches of the tree. Dithering makes the pine needles come to life. For the "nubs" that stick out of the tree, start with your lighter color on the top half of each and expand back towards the trunk. Remember, trees are super forgiving, so as long as your blobs are organic and not too uniform or evenly spaced, it should look nice. Step 8: Use your darker color to create some rough patterns around the edges of the lighter shapes, smoothing out the hard edges when you can. This will be a lot like step 7. Step 9: highlight. Use minimal color. I'd say I went a bit overboard in this tutorial. Trees are typically much darker than this, even in full sun. Step 10: You are done! BUT: If you want to change your colors and play around with hue shifting, right-click the bucket tool and select the blue paint bucket. This is the color replacer. It will replace all similar colors, so you can easily change the hue of the entire piece.

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15 Comments
Noobz Rule The World @NoobsDotcom
March 18
Thank you so much for making these tutorials! They help me so much :)
Laila @Laila
January 12
Love the technique and colors. Will do parallax backgroud for a game and these ilustrations are extremly useful for some close up trees and also your "landscapes" are a lot close to what I plan for far away parallax. All that remain is reference images/panoramas to turn into pixels. :) Id live to share the result with you.. Once we will have to put a website with WIP of the game anyway.. Maybe also have a kickstarter running. Not sure, which way we will go..
HFFZ Pixilart @HFFZ
December 07
great tips
TreeTreeTree @TreeTreeTree
November 19
wowbootiful
Jeremy Elkins @The-Dragon-Man
September 14
A happy little tree. :)
FoxMoshi @FoxMoshi
August 11
WOW thank you so much! Is wonderful that such a talented artist like you give these amazing and pretty useful advices to all the Pixilart community. And again, THANK YOU! :D
Fenrir Lokidottir @ShowtaleAU
August 09
You'll be obsessed with all my forest expertise
Sounds of Spring @Biology-nerd
May 30
Awesome tutorial! I have also had issues with things not posting on the main gallery. So did Kia's latest SP with the forest girl (it only posted after they SP'd it and only in the SP section). I don't know why this happens, but maybe you could contact pixilart support? I hope you get it posted, because I am sure lots of folks would find this animation very helpful :)
Glow @Glowecco
May 29
Amount of effort into this! Thanks and wow.And if you won't mind can you make a quick tutorial for trees with branches and leaves? Something like pine tree. Please I don't want you to feel pressure on this.
CrossoverQueen @CrossoverQueen
May 27
I don't care about that, it's just amazingly good for reference for beginners.
The Vagabond @8-bit-adventure
May 27, 2018
This drawing doesn't seem to appear in the gallery...
The Vagabond @8-bit-adventure
May 27, 2018
NOTE #2: The trees in this drawing are much lighter than those you'd probably see in nature. I guess that's my artistic liberty in action. For more realism, you are free to tone back the colors a bit. Remember the color-replacer tool.
The Vagabond @8-bit-adventure
May 27, 2018
NOTE: This isn't intended to be a "I'm so much better than everyone and only I know how to properly draw trees" sort of piece. I know I still have a ways to go and there are many of you on this site who have advanced past my level of skill. I do not mean to be arrogant in putting together this tutorial. I have just seen several people asking about trees and I figured it would be fun to create this piece (it was). You probably know where you're at skill-wise, so watch this at your discretion and don't take my word as gospel. You may have a technique that you like better and that's totally fine.
CrossoverQueen @CrossoverQueen
May 27, 2018
Thank you, I shall bookmark this picture for future reference.