How to Draw Leaves | Ink Illustration | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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How to Draw Leaves | Ink Illustration

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Drawing leaves pt.1

    • 3. Drawing leaves pt.2

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About This Class

Welcome to my new class!

In this class, you will learn how to draw two specific types of leaves. First, you will learn how to draw a maple leaf. The second type of leaf you will draw will be an oak leaf. These two leaves have very different shapes/sizes to help explore and expand your drawing skills. This is a great tutorial for the Fall season lovers! 

Next, I will show you how to shade, add values, and explore with contrast. I will show the basics of crosshatching and stippling. All of these tools will help your drawing become more realistic and help boost your drawing skills! This class is great for artists of any level and would make a great addition to anyone's portfolio.

Supplies used

  • pencil
  • black gel pen or ink 
  • kneaded eraser
  • drawing paper

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

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1. Intro: thank you so much for joining it. And for today's tutorial, I will be showing you how to draw two different types of leaves. The 1st 1 up there is a May believe, and then the second is an oak. I will go over a simple pencil, drawing first and then go in and show you how to, um, jazz it up a little bit, induced more details with the ink ever go over basic cross hatching and some stippling, and this is a great addition to anyone's portfolio. 2. Drawing leaves pt.1: first up, I am going to start with the maple leaves and I'm going to use a regular pencil and do a simple outline. I'm going to start off with one side first and then we're gonna try to balance it out so that everything is nice and symmetrical on the other side. Here, put a tiny dot there, so you confined your center and then you can add your stem. And then when you're ready, we're going to start to put on the veins that stand out the most, and they're gonna come up and out into the corners, and then your little ones will branch off of those complaint with the shapes and sizes. Summer, big summer, small summer bit faded. - And now I'm going to move on to the old belief. So again, we're just gonna get the basics here. Come down and around in this outer shape is a bit different, but still very relatively simple to draw. Not too complicated. Animals looks like cartoon fingers down and around and then again on the same side or the other side to try to balance it out, and then the main veins Big one down the center and then going off into each section on the side. Okay. And now we're going to move on to the actual Inc. I'm going to trace over my outline. Just a bear, - certain areas and indentations on the leave. I'm going to start in, darkened up a bet with some cross hatching, and I'm also gonna go in and dark enough. I really want the the dominant veins to stand out there. I'm gonna make them a little thicker, a little darker. We should definitely stand out more than the little ones, As you can see here in a little bit down about him there where the stem comes out of the leaf. And again for some simple details you can see me going back and forth there with the crisscross motion for the cross hatching 3. Drawing leaves pt.2: moving on. I'm going to go over next to the oak leaf and then get started with the stem and the outer edges, deepening up certain areas where I know there is going to be a shadow for a deeper indentation and start to work up some of the shading just like I did with the other leaf and also focusing on the main veins and then adding on little tiny ones off of those you to create more variation in your lines. You can also play with your pressure. Obviously, the the darker it will be, the more pressure you add and then the lighter, especially if some of the veins are very, very faded. You want to keep the pressure nice and light, just so everything doesn't look the same and it looks more natural, just like the may believe. I am using the cross hatching and some stippling. - Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and be sure to check back for more