How To Paint Leaves | Sara AlSuwaidi | Skillshare

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How To Paint Leaves

teacher avatar Sara AlSuwaidi

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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Choosing Your Colors

    • 2. Sketching

    • 3. Reference Pictures

    • 4. Drawing

    • 5. Painting

    • 6. Class Project

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This class is a simple walkthrough on how to paint leaves and branches in a simple way it shows how to choose the colors, references, the sketching, and the painting. 

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1. Choosing Your Colors : Hello, everyone. My name is Sarah. In this video, I'm showing you how to paint simple leaves. Today I'm using wash paint's, but you can use water cutter as well. I used wash because I'm more comfortable with that. I can either use it like a watercolor if I add more water or just as it is, but a so you can see. I'm mixing the greens here. I'm trying to tone it down a bit, so I'm not just using how it comes from the to. I mix it with red to neutralize it and make it look more really. And then I start to add some yellow and then mix all the colors together to get the shades that I want. The more red you add, the darker and more brown. It gets more yellow, you add. It becomes more like an old baby kind of Qatar, and it's lighter. And obviously, if you add more water, it becomes lighter as one. So I'm just mixing the colors that I might be using today. Here I'm making the darker green, or like the one that you can use either for shadows or for the branches. But 2. Sketching : So here I'm gonna show you how I draw the leaves. You can draw them however you like, but I think it doesn't look as nice if you draw a straight line and then you hold the pencil really stiff in a stiff way and make straight almost like geometric shapes. Because we're drawing something from nature. I think it's better to be more organic. I think it looks better that way. But if you're going for the other look like the straight lines, then definitely go for it. I just think that drawing it this way makes it look more natural and realistic. So for practice, you can keep on drawing different leaves. Andi. Imagine them from different angles and in different shapes. Those who there, This A warm up for your hands. You can also draw long loins that resemble the branches. 3. Reference Pictures : Now we're going to talk about reference pictures. You can get them on any website or like any stock image websites. Just make sure you're not using someone else's work, or you can also go outside and look interior Gordon or go to the park and collect different leaves. This is one thing that I love to do. 4. Drawing: I actually chose the Rose Branch as a reference for my drawing here. I try to draw it, as I said before, in an organic and flowy way. I'm trying not to make strong lines. I'm just working with the shapes. I'm looking at the leaves and the branches, and then I draw what I see. I try not to draw from memory because it looks good in your mind. But when you try to copy it on paper, it just doesn't look as realistic. That's why you need a reference music licensing, all right. 5. Painting: music licensing reimagined when painting believes I try to start with our main green color that is not very light and not very dark, so it's a medium green, but I also try to add a bit more water. So if I wanted to make it darker, it's easier. But it's harder to make it lighter. Art list i o music licensing. After the first layer, I start to add a little bit off the darker cream on the sides or where I think it should look darker. Andi, I keep going back and forth with the different shades and cutters. At some point, I add a bit off yellow, so it looks realistic on. If you see plants outside, they don't have just green. They have some yellow. They have some reds. They have some browns music. All right place. Then I paint the branches. Music licensing reimagined our music. All right. Music licensing reimagined. I actually add some dark green on the sides of the leaves to give it more dimension because it looked a little bit flat. I also added to the branch art list. I o. I did add a little bit of Fred. It was more of a muted dread to the smaller leaves because if you look at our rose plant, you would see that when they first come out there red and then they start to train into a deeper green color. 6. Class Project: for this class is project. I want you guys to go out or if you can't go out, just look at different images off leaves and plants. Choose one that you like and keep drawing it. Keep practicing. After that, I want you to draw the finally picture. You can change it a little bit. Doesn't have to be exactly like the reference image and then paint it on. This would be the project for this class. Thank you very much.