Our How to Draw Palm Leaves guide will easily teach you by step step methods. Even if you have little drawing experience.
Because so many love the aura of palm trees? They evoke warm, comforting feelings of tropical beaches and delightful summer vacations. If you've ever wanted to capture that essence on paper, you've come to the right place.
I myself have experience in drawing, even professionally, in a "former life" 🤔 But it's been my hobby since childhood. I took some classes, via mail courses & one at an art school. Then in my 30s & 40s, I became a sign painter.
I'll work my experience into your lessons, to help you with some good fundamentals. Finishing with a satisfying drawing of palm tree leaves.
Will you then get into more creativity in your palm drawings? We hope this How to Draw Palm Leaves tutorial will spur that on!
Initial planning is the best way to go. Do you already have any of the required things? Or something that would be valid to substitute for effective artwork?
Let's begin what is normally recommended for getting into pencil drawing.
Let's first evaluate and then gather needed materials. You'll normally need these specific items while you're learning how to draw palm leaves. They're pretty basic, actually.
It's helpful to at least have a few of varying Shades of Drawing Pencils. Shades are created by the hardness or softness of the graphite. Soft shades make darker artwork, hard shades produce lighter areas in drawings.
Drawing pencils are labeled accordingly. They typically run from the hardest at 9H, to the softest at 9B. Midrange pencils are (from hard to soft) H, F, HB & B. Those 4 pencils can do the job adequately for most simple drawing needs.
However, you can choose among all the grades. If you'd like to do that, I'd suggest getting these three: 4H, HB & 5B. The exact center of the hard to soft graphite grades is HB. If you only want to have one drawing pencil, HB is the one to go with.
Sometimes they come in Drawing Pencil Kits with ranges of hardness/softness. But you can always purchase individual drawing pencils at an art supply store.
Your paper is important, since you don't want your pencil point causing holes or rips as you work. You'll also think of the paper's texture, which is somewhat important.
Let's consider your drawing experience, for choosing the Best Paper for Your Artwork.
If you're an absolute Beginner, then it's good to start with a Practice Drawing Pad. That would be relatively heavy paper, likely labeled somewhere between 50 to 70 lbs (22-31 kg). For getting used to accuracy in drawing, a Slightly Rough Paper surface is also recommended.
Created Artwork on Paper for Beginners or the More Experienced:
As a beginner, when you're done and satisfied with your practice, it's time to move along to finished work. For those experienced with pencil drawing, here's where you can jump right in!
We recommend even Heavier Paper for Artwork. That should be between 70 to 80 lbs (31-36 kg). Even heavier if you're really going for a polished, pro look to your completed drawing.
Now that you're ready to work on your achieved drawing, definitely switch to smooth paper. Although it doesn't hurt either way, to use smooth paper throughout.
The best overall type for correcting errors (what? there will possibly be errors! 😲) is to obtain a Kneaded Eraser. They do not cause smudging or dust.
If you're just dabbling for drawing palm parts, This Kind of Eraser may suffice. I often use this very one for larger areas, then sometimes clean up with the kneaded. I'm happy with it.
Have a picture of a palm leaf to view as you're drawing. If you have access to one, a real palm frond in front of you would be wonderful.
Are you ready to create your own simple piece of palm art? Let's get started!
First, let's understand the basic Structure of a Palm Leaf. To draw one, think of your intention: will it be a feather frond, or a fan frond. As that will make a difference.
Fan leaves typically have a pretty thick stem (a petiole). Starting at the palm's trunk up to the attachment to the leaf.
Feather leaves have a long stem (petiole) arising from the trunk. Which at some point shows leaflets arranged on either side of the stem (then called the rachis).
Keep your chosen palm frond in mind as you draw. Think about its structure.
Begin by Drawing the Stem.
This is the support for your palm leaf.
Draw the Frond Blade
The blade is the expanded section of the frond. What people usually think of as The Leaf. Feather leaves look quite different from a fan leaf. Draw your lines lightly at this stage. As you go along, you'll likely erase & adjust.
Drawing Feather Leaves
Let's add leaflets. Start from a few inches down from the top of your stem.
CONTINUE WITH MORE
Repeat this process, by continuing to add leaflets the same way. Drawing on both sides of the rachis, working your way down.
Palm leaves are not perfectly symmetrical, so don't worry if your leaflets are not identical. This variation makes them look more natural.
ADD SOME DETAILS
Draw several small parallel lines along the length of the leaflets. Representing veins involved in leaf nourishment. This gives your palm leaf a realistic texture.
For a realistic look, let's refine the edges of your leaflets. Palm leaves often have serrated edges. Erase the straight edges of your leaflets, replacing them with small leaf edge zigzag patterns. Do small areas at a time.
This adds a satisfying level of detail to your drawing.
Drawing Fan Leaves
Fan palm tree leaves have segments of varying depths into the blade.
You can start with drawing a large circular line. Very light, because you'll be changing it.
Start drawing the stem (petiole) from near the center of the circle, curving the line slightly. Draw it outward, past the circle's edge. Then draw the line that's the stem's opposite side. Gradually make the stem a little wider as you exit the circle.
Inside the circle close the stem with an arced line.
Most fan species have divided edges called segments. They can vary in length.
Approximately midway out from the center, begin sketching narrow, tapering triangular shapes. Ending with a point near your circle's edge. To begin creating segments.
Now the circle's lines between the points can be erased. The circle's outer area will turn into a zig-zagged shape.
Then add a few light parallel lines, for veins, as explained for feather fronds.
Let's add some depth. Using a darker pencil, shade the areas between your lengthwise vein lines. Here's help for Understanding Shading Techniques.
Swoop your pencil strokes from the petiole or rachis toward the leaflet/segment tip.
For both feather & fan leaves, you have a choice of several shadings:
You can also do a mix/match for any of the above. Thinking of realism, shading gives your drawing a three-dimensional effect. To enhance the artsy appearance of the leaves.
PRACTICING & FINISHING
The tutorial "drawings" here were created with Paint. We're thinking you're doing much better than that, so far! By using drawing pencils.
Now that you know how to draw palm leaves, isn't it time to try to draw a whole palm tree? You'd begin by drawing the palm's trunk. And then attach feather or fan leaves, as you're now good at that! 🤗 Drawing multiple palm leaves sprouting from around the trunk's top.
It's not as hard as it might seem. Give it a shot, With This Drawing Assistance>
There you have it! You've learned how to draw palm leaves, step by step. Remember, practice makes perfect! Even if your first few attempts don't turn out exactly as you'd hoped. Keep practicing, and soon you'll be able to create beautiful palm leaves.
Drawing is a wonderful way to relax and express your creativity. It's a simple, traditional pastime that can bring a lot of satisfaction. Plus, it's always fun to learn something new, isn't it?
When you become sufficiently proficient, your palm tree drawings can decorate your home, be turned into gifts, or used for homemade greeting cards.
Whatever you decide, you'll enjoy knowing how to draw palm leaves. It's your own personal accomplishment. After all, there's something incredibly engaging about creating your own piece of art.