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Botanical Leaf Line Drawing Illustration: Bent Leaves From Beginner To PRO

teacher avatar Catalina Navarrete G, Industrial Designer / Illustrator

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10 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. 1 INTRODUCION

    • 2. MATERIALS








    • 10. PROJECT TIME

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Bent Leaves From Beginners To PRO

When you start a drawing learning process, it is important to focus your attention in understand the way that the flowers, leaves, or branches are created. Understand the nature and the real flow of these beautiful creatures.

The idea is to understand how these forms sit in space and how they work together following some constructional steps. Then with time, you will do it automatically without thinking so much.

In this course, we will be following the steps to learn how to draw leaves in a way that looks more natural understanding the shape and flow of each one. In the end, you will be capable of drawing all these leaves freehand following simple steps

Throw the course I will be bringing some practice sheets (PDF format to print in resources) that I design to guide you in the steps to approach the drawing. I split into levels to start getting better with each practice sheet.


1.     The first group of practice sheets is for you to understand some different kinds of leaves that exist by shape and kind of margin. It is a simple template to replicate by yourself these and get familiar with the forms in a flat way.



2.    The second group show the two groups that the leaves are divided into compound leaf and double compound leaf




3.    The last step is to draw bent leave. It is to bring to life these drawings and create an amazing natural effect.




The idea of this course is not only to do a pretty botanical line drawing the idea is to learn how to do it and with the time you will find all the ways that feel comfortable to you to achieve a great result. Don’t be disappointed if you can’t do it on the firsts tries you need to overcome this failure and learn from them and continue.


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Catalina Navarrete G

Industrial Designer / Illustrator



I'm Catalina Navarrete from Bogota, Colombia, currently traveling around Asia.


I'm an industrial designer, and I have always loved drawing and traveling. For that reason, I decided to make my passions part of my lifestyle. Now, I'm living in China, a place where I opened my eyes to a new world, and a new way to live; a country where I discovered new inspirations for my illustrations.

I fill my life with adventures and travels, not things. Every illustration has a story to tell. 

I 26 countries and counting I

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1. 1 INTRODUCION: Henry, Well, I'm Catalina and we are here for new authentic AI class. Here you will learn how to give movement and life to you, how to make them look more natural. When Israelis, I look for chefs and proportion in which I immersed myself looking for harmony and movement. Will immerse ourself in the league wall where you will learn from the beginning how to draw basically, and then bring it to three-dimensional space. You will learn a way to create an infinitive overlaps tones. And two is to create a lot of variation from different perspective. As always, we will stack all these, impose on how the illustrators put this into practice. And also along the lessons we have our safe with some templates and domus that I designed for this class. I D NOT scores our project. We will draw addressing a plant. We will bring everything we learn. I'm quoting practice creating from 0. All the plants will come to this jazz. I hope you enjoyed, You know, you called on me. Question, do you have? 2. MATERIALS: Along this class, we're going to use some basic materials. We will reusing any pencil or mechanical pen than can be easily erase. Try to use a lighter one. We will use any pain or drawing pen to highlight some details. No Marybeth thickness. Also themed eraser or any racer you have, It's okay. A pencil sharpener if necessary for you. I will use Sharpie for make clear the step for you if you want to use at the beginning as well. It is totally okay. But it is not mandatory. Throw the course. I will make some more examples, will live dummies that I make with acetate sheets. If you want, you can make some to have the idea clear. In all the brushes through the lessons I will be using drawing paper could be forma, a sketchbook or loose paper within specification, any blank paper you have in your house will do. For some exercise, we will use tracing paper or some thinner regular paper. Finally, we will reuse in a special template that I designed for this course. The first four template are to warm up. You will leave shapes and markings. Then we will go further and have some practice with compound flowers. And the last three are for use along with me in the explanations. You will understand perfectly how to drop and leaves. 3. BASIC LEAF TEMPLATES: I will show you a basic explanation of the general classification of the leaves. Is the most common, is the symbolic that is only single blade on the plate. The second is a compound leaf, or the decision is so deep that the leaf blades are divided into leaflets. Finally, the double component leaflets are also the bike into a second level only floods. All these sheets can be presented with different style of margin and shapes. For our warm up, only a start filling up this template with friends in using the racial if necessary. Or you, can, you spend, if you feel more confident or have some experience zone the city lives to grow with configured lines, don't overdraw and tried to make clear strokes. As I always tell you, try to use a second while you see. If you feel more confident, you can make some marks. The point, the proportions at the beginning the exercise are easy, but through the license, the difficulty begins to increase and it begins to get more exciting because you will discover an easy way to draw some amazing Burge waves inside the beginning along with you, if you want to shape the way I am drawing, but if you prefer, you can continue alone. You feel that these beginning, so basically you can continue with the next lesson. Each student can go at their own piece. Yet finished, completed, entertained with strokes. Then you're going to start with the margins template to express my way. A different kind of a stroke is AC because we've brought these a lot in the last ten kids. Well, you start with the next one. You have two options here. I show you the first one that these two draw the way we stroll directly without any guideline. If you find this difficult, you can try the second weight that I made here. I made the first guideline like a simple margin underneath. So drawing along disease stroke, their real marking. These ECCO because you figure out the proportion and shape at the beginning and then at the wavy line. The way that you feel more comfortable. We will finish with the last name blade. You can mark the proportion of first doing a circle to market. All marked the point where the edge is placed. Well, I'll begin. It is important to create proportions because it is not a scientific way. You feel more comfortable and happy with the result. Always tried to draw a continuous stroke. For me, ECC to draw first the band to make the deduction on proportion and then draw the outline. The first conference I always dropping Penzu under nitrite in drawing brain to the governance with the time the last relieves, joined by yourself entree to do it is started from the brown bars are waste on a bromides. You will find a way that makes you feel more comfortable. 4. BASIC COMPOUND LEAF TEMPLATES : For this lesson, you will continue with the templates, but this time the compound leaf and this guy, you only need to draw a satellite. Well, you see, I will show one example of each template I you control though there are two leaves. Whereas low in the leaf, in the most meaningful way to get use to it. This is a great warm up. In the beginning we will use owning blank drawing vector leg represents withdrawing. And then you can use our reference photo or real life, don't we? That time you will get there. At the end, I will show you some example how to do it. I will show you how to draw one of the leaf. I recommend quickly sketch to learn to get the most important or significant bar, although we need to feel the movement of the leaves. Now, we need a proper one. We start with the first, thanks to our lives. 5. I BASIC BENT LEAF : In this lesson, we will start with the first level of bread leaves. This is a seasoned, simple way to start giving cheesy effects to your live. With these dummies, I will try to mutate the weight that I live. He's been naturally. In the first attempt, we are only going to draw us if one edge of the leaf is bent, as I showed you here, only need to follow what I am doing a Sharpie. First do a simple way because then when the star with the middle of the stroke and then do the same but from the other side on the top. The idea is that you can follow the same policy strokes. You can create a seam beliefs. You can give them any shape you want and they like the friend leaf, as I show you here in this example in pain. I am following the same mistakes I'm giving them. Now. In the next example, I am going to do the same by the way, I'm banjo their side of the leaf. Follow this Amy steps and then try with the Bayesians drawing with different sizes and shapes of stroke. 6. II ONE SIDE BENT LEAF : In this lesson, we will start the fun part to do more complex ways to when Alice. First you need to understand the three lines that are part of each leap. Oily, we realize we can do infinite kind of leaf shapes. The idea is to convert flood shapes in solid that flow through GDS space. These are flow into farther away from the river to closer. So they are friendship flow into three-dimensional space as I am showing you with his army here. The idea of this transparently is to understand how two strokes move into space. I'll show you with a Sharpie their first steps. It is a good idea that you watch first and then try to do it by yourself. So I'm going to start making the reference point for the tree lines. The idea now is to draw a stroke with an arch shape. If you straight to capture widow drawing their guideline for us, you will face multiple obstacles all at once. We're going to make the second line with the same are shaped is starting from the same point of the first one. The second line mass intersect with the first line and end at the same point. Finally, repeat the same process with the stroke number three. I'm gonna repeat the first step to show you again the process. And then we can proceed with the next step. Then you can try it by yourself. For the next step, I am going to repeat the same process in pencil because we need to raise some lines. I am done with the same parallel two times. Because the first idea is to show you how the same tree lines, you can give them a completely different direction. The second leaf will be folded and pointed to the left and the top one to the right side. First in the two leaf willing the treeline stock of H1, as I am showing here. Now, I am working the lens that are invisible to our eyes. This line need to be erased at the end, in the beginning, it is intuitively to understand these, but through a licensee will be easier for you to understand. I'm gonna highlight in black the visible lines or you will see how each one is faced with in a different duration. Then I will mark the lens that we need to raise in his case to give a direction. Here, you can check that the lines are covering all the visible lines. I'm going to highlight the visible lines. This is a way to easily understand the total process. Finally, I am going to erase the BCR ones. Now it is time for you to practice. The idea is to follow the same missteps by using a different analyze shapes. Not only the outline, you will see the result tried to experiment using way real-life Miranda, all afraid ones. As I told you in other classes, Huawei does Shiva botanical illustration is breaking everything down into smaller forms. So this is one of the cases that this is the easiest way to achieve. First, draw, draw your guideline that determines the flow of your leaf, then construct a leaf shape itself. So in that way, you have a basic framework. You can create invalid overlaps, doors and to create a lot of variations. Always use one line for each shape. You don't need to rush, but please don't go to as low or your lives will be regular. Practice finding a constable speed on pressure of your pencil or pen. First draw all in pencil. Then the invisible lines, the ban on the duration, and finally highlighting with a pen or a market. Repeating the same process. It is a great idea to practice again and again with the time natural to you the understanding of nature. Now, the last practice for these lesson, I'll use my transplanted dominant when the leaf the way you want and try to follow the same lines, the WHO's weep. This course is not only doable Tanika lines. That looks, the idea is to learn how to do it on time. You will find all the ways that the comfortable to you to achieve a great result. There may be some point in the view content. Do these into first tries, do you need to work on this failure and learn from them and continue when you have clear all the process, you can continue in the next lesson, it is time to make it more difficult. 7. III TWO SIDES BENT LEAF: We will continue taking one step further. We will do a double twist leaf with the same principle that we learn. The idea here is to replicate the process we make the last BU, great in lanes that they start overlapping between them more than once. First do a guidance that S shape, then continue with the second stroke from the same point, moving a little bit on the right. And finally from the same point, draw the third line where the curve needs to be more open because it is necessary to intersect lane 12. The jewelry you are doing Lee line is to do it confident I'm consistent. I'll repeat again the same process for delayed you clear the point. You can do it by yourself and when you finish Strait doing defied the tree lines, it is easy to get loss. Don't be afraid to do it. You will see the magic behind these. D1 is one of the best ways to create a banned leaf does create the relief movement. Then link the three lines on the top and then on the bottom with a straight line. In this example, I will do exactly the same, but they did their last lesson. I'll show you how from the same language you can create different elif is one facing to the opposite side. I'm coloring the backfire in a lighter green and the front part with a darker green. So you can see the shape that is taking the invisible, visible line of each one. The first wave I gave. Jack is taken as Phytopharm. We do scholar AD 700 BC will lines because I am coloring on it. I'm going to be the same way where I can erase the invisible lines in diffusion, no need to take time cooking when you are modifying the invisible lines, then it becomes automatic after some practice. I'm gonna show you a different way. You will see how floats stapes, I am marking in bread lines. I am using the market to show you how these lies. Now we are tracing paper. I am highlighting the visible lines to show you certainly shape of each leaf. And understanding of construction will allow you to understand and manipulate these shapes and put them in a different ankles so you can draw it from different perspective because you understand how we see it in a space. The leaf always have the sense of moving from 1 to another. Finally, I can't draw again to leave. This time, I'm gonna draw it in Penzias solvated iconicity, erase the invisible lines. Remember first to our guideline with an S-shape van, continue with the second stroke from the same bond, moving to the right. And finally from the same point where the curve needs to be more open because it is necessary to intersect the line 12. The first is facing from their rice site, and the second one is strong enough to understand the construction of an object. Observing uncle lights, showing what are they receive allies. Want finally, half the mark for the get better practice till the templates a and B that I am showing you here. The idea is to follow the dots line on phasor live depend on the arrow is pointing to. In this case, the visible lines will stay as adult line and the visual ones you need to highlight them. Then if you want, color it and get better practice. 8. REAL LIFE EXAMPLE: Okay, it is time to TE, one. Is there more to draw leaf like professionals? I will take this leaf and tried to draw in different positions. The idea here is to identify key points to link and do the same steps and reform, draw the tree lines but in the same position than the real live. Then Ian defied the visible and invisible lines. Don't be afraid to create a wavy line that you think are so willed. Only draw a satin. Will you see? Only follow sadly, Were you see at the end you will realize how real unnatural Luke's VBS is used to understand how these from seed in space and how they work together following these construction steps, then you will do it automatically without thinking so much. Here, I'm repeating the same mistakes. I am marking in red, the invisible lines. Now, the leaves to the other site and tried again the same mistakes. The breath is this again and again. Then when you try to draw anywhere leave, it will be easier. First to our guide them with an S shape, then continue with the second S stroke from the same bond, moving the lines a little bit to the right. And finally, from the same point where the growth needs to be more open because it is necessary to intersect the line 12. Now, we will see examples in the book. We show you how it works. 9. BOOK EXAMPLES: One of my favorite stool. Forget where are the botanical illustration books? I will show you how all we'll learn here is apply for illustrators in the work. The first book is mortality come an amazing book. I will use these to live as an example. We tracing paper, I am drawing the complete lines, in this case only with external lines. We can check this. Here. I fall exactly the same steps as before, following the same five lines. The second MOOC is botanical inspiration. It is a compilation of birds, botanical illustrators in the war. I will take this as an example. It is a leaf with white corpse. Even so we can follow the same steps and we have the same result as before. Here, you realize that the principle is the same for create leaf. The blessed is to create an insight around this. Okay? From the same book, I will take another leaf. You can do anything you are housed by you save with illustration books or flood us. Did you learn and apply everything to do the project? Ok. 10. PROJECT TIME: It is predict time who are going to receive a plan. But for our practice, I will take an illustration for one postcard of the New York Botanical Garden. We're gonna take everything we learned and put into practice. In this project, we will draw a plan that is composed of large folded leaves. At the beginning, I'll draw of the guide them with a light pen message. It will look nice, but don't worry, because it is just a model of our plant. The bottom part of how was our C. Now we are taking the example of the first bend in the class. It doesn't mean that the lines overlap after wars were really erase down one by one. That is why it is important that each line is consistent, unclear. For reshape, you go meet the Rashba. Django does no unloading line. We read a rubber ruler. When you've finished, you'll guideline, it is time to go one by one on Estonian defining the position on the visible and invisible lines. Erase the invisible lines on HIV laid the VC1. Okay, I will draw the lines parallel to the base. Okay. As much as I do. Thank you very much for being on my feet, afraid to draw any type of everything we learned. What eating.