Drawing A Palm Tree With Colored Pencils

The other day I drew a picture of a palm tree with colored pencils. Palm trees are one of my favorite things to draw, and I am also inspired to create new imagery that feature these.

 

 

California Palm Tree by Julia Hanna

The drawing started out with an outline of the palm tree.

Outline drawing of the palm tree.
Outline drawing of the palm tree.
Coloring in the fronds of the palm tree.
Coloring in the fronds of the palm tree.
The palm fronds have been colored in.
The palm fronds have been colored in.
The completed palm tree drawing.
The completed palm tree drawing.

This video illustrates how I created the palm tree drawing.

Drawing The Santa Fe Depot And A Palm Tree In Redlands

Today I created a drawing of the Santa Fe Depot and a palm tree that towers over this structure.  This is one of my favorite locations to photograph, and I decided to finally create a drawing of this historic location.  I truly wish the trains still came to the Santa Fe Depot in Redlands as it is a beautiful structure, and many of us would enjoy having the Metrolink expansion to this part of Southern California.

 

Santa Fe Depot In Redlands

The following photographs will illustrate how I created this colored pencil drawing of the Santa Fe Depot in Redlands from start to finish.

In the photograph above I have sketched in the roof and the columns of the Santa Fe Depot here in Redlands.  The palm tree is the next thing to be drawn in.

In this photograph I have sketched in more of the palm fronds on the tree towering above the Santa Fe Depot.

Here I finished drawing the a palm tree next to the Santa Fe Depot.

This video illustrated what the drawing looked like before I added the colored pencils.

In this phase of the illustration I am coloring in one of the palm fronds with light and dark green colored pencils. In this photo colored in the leaves on the frond with dark and light green colored pencils.

In this phase of the sketch I continued to color in the palm tree.

This video shows what the palm tree fronds looked like as I continued to color these in.

The palm tree looks a bit more three-dimensional after I have completed shading it in.

I used creamed colored pencils to begin coloring in the structure of the Santa Fe Depot.

In this video I am coloring in the blue sky around the structure of the Santa Fe Depot. I especially like how the cream colored columns look in contrast to the sky blue, and the verdant color of the palm tree fronds.

Here I have finished drawing my of the Santa Fe Depot, which I am getting ready to cut out.

Here is the framed drawing of the Santa Fe Depot with the palm tree towering over it.

 

This video shows how the drawing of the Santa Fe Depot loooks framed and hanging on the wall. This is a nice little piece of Southern California artwork that I have created all on my own, and which is based on my original photography.