How to Draw a Dogwood Tree

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How to Draw a Dogwood Tree
Dogwoods are a captivating sight. (dogwood pink image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

The sight of a fully bloomed dogwood tree, covered in a delicate blanket of pink or white flowers, is a truly captivating one. And the sea of vivid yet lightly coloured blossoms over the body of a dogwood tree makes a wonderful choice as a subject for a drawing. Drawing a dogwood tree only requires you to draw the basic roots, trunk and branches, then add the unique surplus of bright flowers covering the majority of the exposed tree. Add to that a background and some colour and your drawing of a dogwood tree is complete.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Crayons

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch the tree by using a pencil lightly. Draw the trunk of your dogwood tree as two parallel lines, spaced a little apart. Add roots of the dogwood tree coming from the very bottom, weaving into and around the surrounding ground.

    How to Draw a Dogwood Tree
    Start by drawing the tree trunk. (tree trunk image by cvrgrl from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Add a series of "snaking" main branches and smaller snaking branches coming from various parts of these main branches. Draw even smaller branches splitting out from these, too.

    How to Draw a Dogwood Tree
    Note how the branches "snake" outward. (Branches image by JonRiver from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Add a series of tightly knit clusters of four to 12 extremely small circles at various points throughout the branches of the dogwood tree (the centres, or stigmas, of what will become flowers).

    How to Draw a Dogwood Tree
    The centres of the flowers consist of many small, circular shapes. (dogwood image by Rebekah Gonzalez from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Draw a set of four leaflike petals surrounding each cluster of circles, forming flowers. Erase any branch lines that are obscured by the newly formed flowers.

    How to Draw a Dogwood Tree
    Add four petals to each leaf. (dogwood image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Draw a landscape in the background including a skyline. Go over and darken all your previous lines with a marker or crayon and erase any excess pencil etchings. Colour in the circles that make up the stigmas of your flowers black, and colour the petals either white, pink or some variation of pink. Colour the trunk and branches brown, and add some black lines as details throughout them if you choose. Colour the background as you desire.

    How to Draw a Dogwood Tree
    Add a background and colour in the typically white to pink leaves. (Flowering dogwood image by Christopher Martin from Fotolia.com)

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