The leaves are starting to change here in upstate New York.
That’s right, it’s leaf-peeping season! So in honor, I thought I’d curate some tree illustration from a late 19th-century tree study from the public domain. I found eleven awesome images and cleaned them up in Pixlr for you to enjoy.
Tree Illustration for Autumn
What do some trees change color and others don’t?
Trees that turn yellow, red, orange, and even purple in the fall always had those pigments to begin with.
Throughout the year, those colors are essentially ‘covered up’ by chlorophyll, which is needed for photosynthesis.
Trees become less green during the fall because the chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down. Some theories suggest that certain trees, like the Japanese maple, turn red in the fall to ward off egg-laying insects!
Projects you can do with tree illustration!
One of the things that drew me to these illustrations was their versatility. This antique tree illustration is ideal for artists, teachers, and students.
A few ideas:
- Drawing lessons
- Nature studies
- Classroom posters
- DIY wallpaper
- Nature-inspired cards
- Rustic decor
You could also use these public domain images to create your own unique fabric for blouses, pillow cases, dresses, and more!
5 ways to find more tree-related supplies
I’m always on the hunt for more ways to score free materials for your projects. Here are several ways to find free art, supplies, references, and materials for any tree or nature related project.
- Free stock photos of trees!
- Hunt for free tree-related books on craigslist
- Rummage through this pile of free ebooks on trees
- Free tree clipart from Vecteezy
- Free coloring book pages with trees!
Want even more tree illustrations? Check out the nature section for free illustrations of flowers, animals, herbs, trees, plants, and more nature-related images!
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