How to Draw a Palm Tree on a Greeting Card
Why Are Palm Trees Associated With Southern California?
Residents of places such as Southern California will see many picturesque palm trees on their daily walks. Originally, palm trees were planted along roads to help people locate where their houses were back when orange fields covered this region. Over time, the palm tree has become an iconic symbol of Southern California. One thing I enjoy doing is gazing up at the palm fronds blowing in the wind contrasting beautifully against the cerulean sky on a sunny day.
I decided to make a handmade card with a palm tree on it to celebrate the beauty of Southern California. Some people assume you need fancy crafting paper to make a card, but a beautiful card can be constructed by folding a blank sheet of paper in half and drawing a picture on it. Palm trees are easy to draw because they have long stems with fronds draping down.
Experiment and have a little bit of fun when it comes to drawing your own palm trees! I decided to shade in my palm trees with colored pencils for this project. The card is a quarter-fold card made with blank computer paper.
1. Sketch the Tree
Draw a picture of the palm tree on the front. This palm is like many seen here in Southern California: tall with a thin trunk and narrow fronds.
2. Add the Dark-Green Color
Use a dark-green colored pencil to add the darker portions of the palm tree fronds.
3. Add the Highlights
I used a lighter-green colored pencil to create the highlights on the palm fronds. The contrast between the dark and the light colors on the palm tree gives the illusion of dimension to the drawing.
4. Add More Details
In this stage of my drawing, I continued to add more light green to the palm fronds.
An In-Progress Shot
The palm tree looks like it has a bit more dimension now that all of the fronds have been colored in.
This video illustrates how the palm tree fronds have now been colored in. I love the alternating light and dark green pattern I used for the fronds, which gives dimension to the palm tree.
5. Color in the Trunk
I used a sepia and brown colored pencil to shade in the trunk. The sepia color was used to create the shadow effect on the trunk of the palm.
6. Fill in the Background
I used an aqua colored pencil to fill in the sky surrounding my palm tree. My enthusiasm always runs high when I finish a drawing for a card—I am going to scan the design so I can print out more cards with this illustration!
The Completed Card
This video shows what the completed palm tree cards look like with its brilliant colored pencil hues. There is no better way to capture the beauty of southern California than drawing a picture of one of our many palm trees. Only the Washingtonian palms are native to the SoCal region—the rest of the palms were imported from other regions.