Guide to Drawing Leaves Part 3

Monday, December 26, 2016

Part three of my guide to drawing leaves series. Includes a free download of the full Guide to Drawing Leaves ebook

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas (if you celebrate it)! Today I have the last part of my Guide to drawing leaves series. I wanted to make sure I finished off the series before the new year. If you missed the rest of the series, you can catch up with part one, leaf types, and part two, leaf shapes. For part 3, I will be talking about leaf variations. Which is basically how you can achieve a different look, even if you use the exact same leaf type and shape for multiple designs.

Part three of my guide to drawing leaves series. Includes a free download of the full Guide to Drawing Leaves ebook

Leaf Variations

  • Width
One way to change the look of your designs is to change the width of your leaves. Depending on the look you want, you can do skinny or fat leaves, for example.

  • Length
Logically, the next way to alter the appearance of a design is to change the length. But in this case, you can change the length in two ways. One way is how long your branch/stem is, and the other is how long the leaves themselves are.

  • Spacing
The next way to create a new leaf design is to alter the spacing between leaves. if you have all the leaves close together, it will look very different than if you have sparse leaves. Additionally, you could have leaves going all the way down the stem or just have them at the top.

  • Curvature
The last way to switch up your leaf designs is to change the curvature. Just like the length variation, you can either change how straight or curved the leaves are, or how straight or curved the entire stem is (or both!). 

And that's it! Now you have learned the basic leaf types, leaf shapes, and variations that can be applied to each. As promised, I compiled all the graphics that I made for each lesson and made a little ebook that you can download and print out to keep for reference. Download the ebook by clicking the button below!

Download the full Guide to Drawing Leaves ebook

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  1. Thanks for the three leaf blog posts. As a newby to watercolours I am going to save these for future reference.

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    1. Glad it is helpful! Thanks for your comment :)

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