This tutorial covers how to draw leaves with two curls and how to place the shading.
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Sketch all of your lines lightly, as some of them will be erased later.
Erase a Section on The Top and Bottom and Begin The Two Curls . . .
TIP: Creating each curl a different size adds creative interest.
The top section is 3 inches in length.
The bottom section is 1 and 1/2 inches in length.
TIP: When you are learning how to draw leaves with one, two or three curls, the first curved-in line you draw is always a continuation of the entire leaf edge drawn so far -- it's the outside edge that is curling over (or folding over).
A Newly Created Top Line
A Newly Created Bottom Line
This slightly curved line defines where the leaf actually folds over.
When the leaf curls to the front, some of the leaf is "taken up" by the folded areas (located at "B" and "C").
The curled over part is now the backside of the leaf that is now folded over to the front!
Good To Know: When you sketch the leaf line curling over to the front, you create a brand new line (the folded over line) that was not there before!
Erase any dashes and all of your grid lines now and get ready to begin shading.
The light source in this tutorial is coming from the top left hand side (illustrated with dotted lines and the letters "A").
Shade The Top of The Curl
As the light shines on the leaf, this creates a shadow underneath the top curl toward the right.
This is where the very edge is lifted up enough that it creates a shadow in the upper left hand corner.
The outer edge of the curl is coming out toward you a tiny bit, this creates slight shadowing in the middle (illustrated with the letter "D").
Shade The Bottom of The Curl
The back of the bottom curl is shaded because the light cannot shine directly on the back side.
When You Draw Leaves, Always Create the Illusion of a Round Stem . . .
This creates the illusion of a round stem.
Hope you enjoyed learning how to draw leaves with two curls!
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