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How to Draw Realistic Looking Leaves

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Published on Mar 21, 2012

During this video, I take you step by step showing you how to draw detailed leaves on a tree branch that can be used to make a realistic looking tree.

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All you need for this tutorial is some standard computer printer paper. I do however recommend that you use drawing or sketch paper for better results because of the tooth of the paper. It makes it a lot easier to make tones because of it. The only other tool you really need is a range of pencils. I always recommend a 2H HB and 2B. Then use a 4B or 6B for the very last detail works of the piece.

Start any drawing out with a 2H. This will be used for getting general lines down in place as well as small detail work.

For this drawing, I used the lighter pencil to start out the very base of all the leaves in this drawing. I always start light to get the placement down as well as first initial details.

After I have the very first base coat down, I will then go in with darker pencils to make more volume within the drawing. Ill do this with the branches and leaves. This also helps to bring out a lot of depth within the drawing.

After the second layer is applied, the 3rd layer is just to darken all the darks of the drawing even more. This is usually the last step needed to create volumetric shapes and forms.

After this it is really just practice. Not everybody will be able to draw this right off but give it a few tries and it will come easily.

It is all within the practice!

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