A Step-by-step Tutorial on How to Draw A leaf With A Curl.
You may want to review the drawing tutorial on a basic leaf.
Draw a Grid . . .
When you are beginning a new drawing, a grid can help establish your lines.
Draw all of your lines lightly so you can erase them later.
The erased section is 2 and 1/2 inches in length--or one and three quarter grid lengths.
Place the Curved Line . . .
This edge "dips" down.
Tip: One of the most important things to understand when you are learning how to draw a leaf with a curl, is that the curved line (illustrated by "A") is a continuation of the leaf's edge.
The edge is now curled (or folded) over to the front, but it's the same edge as the rest of the edges drawn so far (illustrated by small arrows and small "A"s).
You are Now Changing the Leaf's Edge . . .
The curled over part is now the back "folded" over to the front! This will become clearer as you actually sketch the curl.
This line you are now sketching is a little more than half way down between the dashed line and the curved line.
This happens because some of the curl is "taken up" where the it actually folds (or curls) over (located at "B").
This slightly curved line is where the edge folds, it is separate (and new) from the continuous one you drew in step four (illustrated by "A"s).
With the leaf curled over to the front, a brand new edge was created that was not there before!
The light source in this lesson is coming from the top left hand side (illustrated by dotted lines). The light source determines where the shadows will be located, thus indicating where to place your shading.
Shade Where The Curl is Actually "Folded" Over . . .
Notice that there is shading located on the top middle of the folded over section.
Shade The Left Edge of The Curl
This shadow is created when the very edge of the curl is lifted up enough (from folding) that it creates a shadow in the upper left hand corner.
When learning how to draw a leaf, include details. They make a difference!
Shade The Stem
Create the illusion of a rounded stem . . .
Erratic Lines for The Veins
Create The Illusion of Raised Veins
Shading around all of the veins gives the illusion that they are raised because the middle of each is highlighted with white.
Add Finishing Touches By Shading The End of The Stem
Note: The leaf only looks different because of the shading. The lines have been drawn exactly the same as before the shading.
Now that you know how to draw a leaf, be sure to sign your artwork!
Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!
Once you have learned how to draw a leaf with a curl, you may want to continue on to more advanced drawing tutorials such as leaves that twist.
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