I am working with colored pencils right now and can not draw leaves. Need help wasn't able to do them in oils either. Just blind and stumped when it come to doing a leaf. Suggestion or any resources known

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Hi Barbara, here are some quick ideas: 

Do you have a couple of different types of leaves in your garden perhaps or a perhaps a neighbour who wouldn't mind you taking a couple? if so it would make great practice, you could do a quick imprint of it first - you know when you put it underneath and then rub over it with a hb pencil, then erase unnecessary lines and then colour it with your coloured pencils.

Just practice drawing your garden leaf first in your hb pencils then use it as a reference to colour it in.

You could cover the leaf in paint or ink (whatever you have lying around) and stamp it onto a blank piece of cartridge paper, you could then trace it to help you get the shapes right before colouring it. But definitely do this for practice to get the hang of it - rather than on something important you are working on.

Also here on tac as well as paint my photo you will find lots of reference images to practice with.

I admit leaves can be very hard depending on what type you really want to draw, some are shiny, some are multicoloured and all are very different shapes. But the key is just to practice, I now find some types are a lot easier than others. My Niece just gave me one of her "treasures" (She's 2) and I had to promise to draw or paint it, but it has lots of spots of colour on it, and although I have tied and failed once with coloured pencils, I am keen to have another go and try to master it.

All the best, I am sure you will soon be creating wonderful leaves.

thanks for your input, very helpful. Will try the paint on the leaf too sounds good. Thanks

Thanks so much will try the suggestions.

Jess said:

Hi Barbara, here are some quick ideas: 

Do you have a couple of different types of leaves in your garden perhaps or a perhaps a neighbour who wouldn't mind you taking a couple? if so it would make great practice, you could do a quick imprint of it first - you know when you put it underneath and then rub over it with a hb pencil, then erase unnecessary lines and then colour it with your coloured pencils.

Just practice drawing your garden leaf first in your hb pencils then use it as a reference to colour it in.

You could cover the leaf in paint or ink (whatever you have lying around) and stamp it onto a blank piece of cartridge paper, you could then trace it to help you get the shapes right before colouring it. But definitely do this for practice to get the hang of it - rather than on something important you are working on.

Also here on tac as well as paint my photo you will find lots of reference images to practice with.

I admit leaves can be very hard depending on what type you really want to draw, some are shiny, some are multicoloured and all are very different shapes. But the key is just to practice, I now find some types are a lot easier than others. My Niece just gave me one of her "treasures" (She's 2) and I had to promise to draw or paint it, but it has lots of spots of colour on it, and although I have tied and failed once with coloured pencils, I am keen to have another go and try to master it.

All the best, I am sure you will soon be creating wonderful leaves.

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