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How to Draw a Cactus

Learn how to draw a cactus, and then turn it into a lesson on perspective as well. You’ll end up with a lovely desert landscape.

how to draw a cactus
how to draw a cactus

Your basic saguaro cactus that is found in the desert is one of my favorite things to draw. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • The basic shapes are pretty easy for artists of all ages.
  • They really start to look dimensional when you add the LINES (an Element of Art).
  • They really pop when you change the VALUE (another Element) of the edges by making them darker.
  • Spread out a few of varying sizes and you have a lovely desert landscape with SPACE (one more).

That’s a whole bunch of learning packed into one lesson!



Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw Cactus

  1. Draw the middle of the large cactus.

  2. Add two arms.

  3. Add a middle arm. Erase the extra lines. Draw a road.

  4. Draw the medium size cactus.

  5. Draw the smallest cactus in the middle.

  6. Add mountain lines in the background.

  7. Draw some clouds where you have space.

  8. Trace with a marker and color.

  9. Press hard for extra color on the edges.

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