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How to Paint Realistic Watercolor Leaves | Autumn Fall Leaf Painting | Realistic Watercolor

teacher avatar Megha Cassandra, byTheArtBug - Artist, Crafter & Educator

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8 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Sketching

    • 4. Base Layer 1

    • 5. Detailing Layer 2

    • 6. Finishing layer 3

    • 7. Shadows

    • 8. Class Project

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About This Class

In this class students will learn the basic techniques to Paint a Realistic Fallen Leaf.

With the methods taught students will be able to create their own paintings.

A simple and basic knowledge of how watercolor work is needed for this class.

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Megha Cassandra

byTheArtBug - Artist, Crafter & Educator


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Hey Everyone, Hi I’m Megha founder, creator and art educator at byTheArtBug. “I truly believe that anyone can learn Art & craft”. I teach online and offline classes & courses at various Platforms. I have plenty of Free tutorials on my Website and Instagram so do check them out.

I believe in simplifying and making art fun for everyone and that’s how I teach it. It is also my way of giving back what all I have learned in 25 plus years.

I am passionate about Art & Crafts Since I was a little girl. Teaching was always my passion, I was a College Professor before I became a full time Artist. So now I am in a perfect place combining both my passions into my profession!

I am a Paper Florist, Watercolorist, Home Sty... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone. This is Megan. I'm a watercolor artist based in Bangalore, India. And in today's class we are going to try to paint some leaves. And this is my new series called big and paint. And we are going to start with leaves. So we'll mostly we are going to do natural things and maybe via flaws or flaws and fallen leaves and just try to paint them. Here are a few of the leaves that I have been dead before. I'm just going to show you to them. Some of them are bright colors, fall colors, some of them are really dry and brown. And this one here has a special story because I just randomly picked it up during morning walk one diamond I just been dated and then my husband damaged and saw it and said that you had just to glue the leaf that you've picked up. And that's how my passion and my obsession with being done needs stop it. So this one is really special for me and I'm always going to keep it. And this one is just a bulldozer leave and this heuristic and on the one today we are going to paint a similar one. And I did this one. It had a lovely green, but these are mostly brownish. So it would have been this today. And let's have a look at the materials. 2. Materials: Let's have a look at the materials. I'm going to use my Winsor and Newton said for today's painting. And a round brush from Rosemary, this is number 6. And m, two jars of Bordeaux. Some tissue. And of course that leaves. So here they are. We are just going ahead and just go ahead and B, B1 of this. So maybe this one has more color variation, so we use this one. And then with the third is from Fabriano, which is a 100 percent cotton. So this, in the next lesson, we'll see how to draw this n startup ending. 3. Sketching: All right, so first part will be drawing the leaf. And I usually like to draw it. I don't like to trace it. Or you can also keep it on your paper like this. And then just, you know, roughly trees like this. But I usually like to draw it like this and it doesn't have to be exact. You just roughly go ahead and draw. And what do we will be learning today are basic techniques. So that means that you can pick up any leaf that you find if it is similar to this one, that would be correct. Otherwise, if it has more colors, that is even better. But if you want to start with a similar looking leaf, I'm sure you will find one with such brownish tones and then you can start with that. Or if you would like to follow me and being long, then you can just grab the photo of this one which I have already attached. Another description so you can find it there like this. And they said that doesn't have to be exact copy of this thing. And that's what I like about painting these leaves is that you're getting find them anywhere, almost anywhere. And then every time you paint the leaf, it's going to be something a really original. And I don't think anybody can replicate that. Unless, you know, lake, they are copying your work, but please your work, always be original because that is something you picked up and been dead. So that's what these series of the campaign to support. All right, so I've drawn it roughly and lightly and keep it till some magic like this. Okay, so I just go like this. You can trace the lines and then you can just draw it. So what I want is to be sick sheep so that we can just copies of color which is 10. And this Sonya, I think less of a stain. Let's go on this one. On this next week if we just clean it up, if you key, so that's, it's, I think the drawing is done and the next one will be color. So as you can see, this one is the similar kind that had been done before. And as I said, like it's impossible to read it off. Replicate this again because I don't know where the leaf is and then I picked it, it had a green color. So that's why I have put that here. It is. We are going to do this one. So in the next lesson we are going to start coloring this. 4. Base Layer 1: Okay, Let's start with step number two, which is the coloring. As a rule, always have one glass of water or one cup of water with discipline so that you can apply clean water on the washer for the washes. So that's what I'm gonna do here. And before that, like, what do you have to do when you pick something up like this? Then the first part would be actually to absorb it. First we draw it right. Then after that you have to absorb like watercolors. Do your seat. And where do you find these scholars in your belly? Do you have them? So what I see is this year, this year or this year. So that's the colors that I see here. So it's important to observe model Galatia there. And also it's important to have your, that's your swatch guard ready so that you know, how do these colors look on the paper? So it's easy for you to choose the colors. So let me just show you the swatch guard for this one. Here it is. And if you place your leaf here, you can see that the bond on Bourbon, Santa, and yellow ocher, the main colors which are in there. And of course, a little bit of black, a little bit gray. So mainly we are going to work with these three colors here are and of, right, we don't need a little bit spots I see here of which are, you know, which look more like Greece or we just mix in a little white and tried to do this. So I take next, we are ready to start being. So I'll keep this on the side and use it as a reference. And now for the mean, just start with that. So the basic technique of bending, anything like this is layering. So this is our first layers, or I call this the first layer because we start with it. Basically we are just putting water, but still this is a force to the layer that he will do. And we, watercolor artists have their own techniques and they like to paint in their own way. So gradually when you bend a lot, you'll discover your own own style also. So this is done. I'm going to start with the ocher. So not too much. And then I just layer on the whole thing like this. So you can see that it's not ready. Even more been Mendez hill and you're, I'm just spreading it to spoiling the column. So this is our first layer. And I can go ahead and do the stem wall so with the blend into sleeve it here and make this one make sense spread in this. And in this, I'm going to use a liquid black. So it's on the tip of the brush. So painting begins like this. It's important that your brush has a very good point and maybe not that above this brush. If you think it's spreading too much, you can always lift up the Golan. Okay, So this is a little bit dry now. And what I see is a more of brown here on the top. So when you do that and make sure that it's still wet. And then you just brown hill. Like this. You just go ahead and flip this. We don't want any badges. So make sure that whenever there are two colors, they are blending in nicely. You take some more this month, is little dog good this part, so we'll add more pigment hill like this. So basically it's just working in layers and nothing else. Just absolve model. You see what each color lucidum, which is in the background, and then after the individual and after that, after that. So like that. So this last part will be these dots and the detailing. So this is eight and then your IC, a little greenish part. So I just take my sap green. So here as you can see here it is Glean, which you see here on the loop. So while this is still a lovely dam, you're going to use this because we don't want it to look too greenish also is a very subtle hint of this column. So MATLAB put them in 1960, more of the organ and then just mix it with this. And then we just start with our second live contained doing this, of course. Doc under normal green heel to heel. Mostly see it on the vein. So that's what I'm doing. And then just blend it so that it doesn't look like lines. These are, you can see the color coming up inhibit. And then we just let this dry a little bit because then we won't do walk on with the darker colors on here. So we don't want too much blending deck, so we'll start again once this is a little dry. So and see you in the less than the bottom of the slide. 5. Detailing Layer 2: Okay, so now this is mostly dry. So we'll start again. And now we are going to add the brownish bought on this. So we'll see variable, you want to add that there, put some water. I'm just going up and clean water to land where you want to add to make does, and then just go ahead and take a look. Now bonded may see more of it on the Echinacea. And then he'll and the spot I continued to blend in nice feed room for me to pick more water. Salt is going to pick that up first. Pick some moral code. And then we have the will and this also analyze it will look like a patch. In some Gullah has come out here, but so clearly w have to put shadow there. So top gate part also, these two have to blend in. So what I'm doing is taking water on a clean brush and then just trying to blend these two together. Adding a little bit of glow to this, which we had done before. What we want is that we don't want any fetches or any hard lines on here. So as you can see how it is developing as we are adding more layers to it. Okay, no, you see these veins so they are lighter and this part is a little darker. So that's how we're going to show them. So what we are doing is taking ocher and brown. Then you have to put that here. Dark hill and same thing here. Then once it is dry, then we'll meet domains. For now. I'm just putting the column stock girl. And then again, he So phonology, I just took some color on my brush and then just putting it here like this. Then your slots of IP, lots of pigment. And also Hill. And this part. And then I'll just wash my brush and then just strike a blend this, make this. So it's all about absolving the colors that you see here and trying to replicate that kill. Again, I think some clean you can add heel. Moreover, a little bit more clean brush and then just spreading this annexing, blending it. Okay, so before we do more of brown here, I think I just stick very green brown and then just add that also, because here I see a little green. Here I see volatile. And it is your and I think this is round. Little bit killed means making lines. So this one has blended on its own, so undiscovered more acquires a little more blending that account. So take it looks good for now and still a little damp. So we just call iodine. What I'm doing is I'm taking lots of brown with a little black, not much water on the brush. And the color is mostly on the hip. And then we start from here. So I don't see any color here. I see a few dots. You can see just touch the tip of my brush to meet the few dots. And I see one big one here. So then hit, Okay, so the S1 minimum draw here. But that's all right. We'll just add the scholar year. And then I see the same thing here. It's kind of a C-shape. Then Moriah, which will blend, That's good because it's still damp. And then a few dots here. So I'm just dotting my brush very gently. And you can take more black. And then you just keep following this. And I see a door TO this. And then in this area. So we're going to have the exactly copy it, but since you only are trying to replicate it will try to be as close as possible. Then there's a big bag here. So you just see if it's more brown than dig more brown, black, then just take the black on the hip. Then a hero. Big one hills. Then now another big, this font is quite doc, folder them putting there. And here we see very little tiny, tiny, some people like do you know splatter. So you can go that white space and take a paper and put a hole in it and then just splatter with the brush like this. But since I'm replicating this or I along the dots to be, you know, similar to this one. So I'm not using that for the mini dots and just resting my list here like this, and then just gently tapping the brush and just picking it up like this, very, very gently, like this. D Now we come to the spot, this half. So URL add some more. Near the Sylvain. Super Swain goes like this hill. Just go ahead and draw that don't suit theme that adults like this. Again, I'm repeating the same thing. And the system BAD, which is quite dark. So many more of black here. And again a few dogs, little bit here. So this vein is actually going with this Coming up here. And then continue the same thing. All right? Again, you can fetch yard if you see like this. Okay, So this is done. And then lastly we'll just add more color variable does needed, like this part looks very light, so we'll just take some brown and then just laid it out one more time before we finish it, but we have to let it dry completely. Otherwise, all these detailing that you have done, we'll just blend in, so we'll just wait for it to dry very nicely. And then we'll move on to the next spot. 6. Finishing layer 3: Okay, so it's nice and dry now and it just supply the finding that just so fun, this slot we basically need is the prompt, follow some that's above ground. London button, time taking Hill and mixing it with Oliver Olive to get the Scala. And you just start from here or even the veins. This keep on repeating this Testing, this bug least then you just pick it up to make it get 19 over here. Let's say pk, just depend not all along. So just wash my brush. I'm back with it. Just the same thing. Hill. Next, symbol five. Plenty about this at first was we just put the Colonial. Then we publish the brush. Take a little water in the brush engine. This is the distribution. You can see it now coming together and you don't go on and on with too much water hill. Because we did the detailing here. And I would suggest Thank you. Leaf and I don't know how they're discolored has columns. And just like keeping this up the phone or more, you just take some clean water to be at home. Right? Now you can see how the colors coming through and then less loss bottom left kill someone named after Brown. Middle of the sap green. Into this. I tend to be spread this or looking. And I see mixing, blending. Just keep looking at your end. See that every Docker, if the problem is not coming, then you just add a little black blue and make it darker. Wash your brush and get this belief. Because you don't want any batches. Pheonix, sea and hill feeling well rush. So then that means that the more prominent, so all the test Going to me. So now I'm not shaming like this. So what I'm doing is just taking a little brown on my brush, not too much. And they just applying on this lightly. Because it's just splendid. Mood off this hill. Analyze them in the formula. So that's it. I think it is quite close. And these spots here, these we have just scream did but if you're born after this thin dry ice, many nicely you can either use one of them was just going off the Jelly Roll pens and through that we did. Or are you just use your white watercolor which is hill? I'll tick off paint on the brush and then just put this mux. So that's, I think this is mostly dying. So all the basic technique is observing and then just keep on adding is an beginning and then a finite jump, which we are gone, right? So this C and much easier to read once you add all these many, many deep is the dongle bugs. Then it does easier to get capture the rest of the colors that before. And it also adds this blend in a little bit. So it doesn't look like spots which had been a dog, what I learned from the face and then let's add some more Hill on different dot-com. And maybe WHO. And then you should also know venue, the gods, the Nebo member who would be in that country. Because we'd gone to fix it in watercolors. You cannot be in the world or do anything that did. So it's that dark room rule then post-op. And that is just you like the new feel satisfied because their moods as such. So you just stop printing feed in ICT coordinator thing that you have done a good job and skipping lines. So that's for yourself. And that's what I think I'm going to do, right? No, that's it. And the last bar is adding the shadows so that it looks more lifelike so that you do in the next lesson. 7. Shadows: Now we have gone to the last part of the painting is being the shadow like this. So this makes your leaf pop up and it makes it look more realistic. So that's what we're going to do here. So since we put the DR and being dead, so you can either leave it here only and then just see wherever you the shallow is falling and do do it there. Or you can also put it on a separate sheet like this and then just absolve. Yeah. Could place at the same V as this month. Okay. So that's close. And then we just start adding the shadow. For that. Some people like to use indigo and some other color like maybe grayish kind of a color. But what I like to use is always black and I take very tip of the brush and maybe just wipe the brush also one Diamond your tissue. And start with very less. And then you can always add more good. So as you can see, I'm doing this first. So it's going from I'm under like this. And then we see a lot of shadow here. So basically what I'm doing is again, as seemly for putting some clean water. It's tracking the color from the ground, the buckets so good. And again, with this also, we don't want to overdo anything, we just want a sudden hint. And then he, especially because we are behind scholar on, so this is the part where you're going. Shadow. Next I just call little a little black and then just put that near the footing. And he on a little bit darker needlessly hill. Then just wash your brush. Not too much. Always have your tissue handy. And then we're just going to blend this edges like this so that they don't look very hard. Very hard also. And this line, I think looks quite complete. The stems one-on-one with the stuff that we have done. I'm just picking it up, clean this up. So it has come like this and it can be slightly dark. That stamp. Always be careful. So always just to wipe it on your tissue. One's going to spin this one. Note on school a little bit. In taking the black and putting that we have to remove these edges. So lots of water, you make sure the water is clean because normally adding and eukaryotes just do smoothing the spot. And then just like a Gi on its own. And maybe just strive to have a look at it from a little far and then see how looking. And if you can see that 3D effect on your painting and both of them are looking seem to your just spoke like this and then show you. So here how it looks. Maybe a little more. We want to add the app to blend it nicely so it doesn't look so sharp. You have to clean it up, come home. That's a titanium, which is looking quite good. Known. You don't want to mess it up. Maybe a little more yellow in this. So I think now it's looking quite good and we are done with the painting. And I hope you enjoyed the process and you have grabbed a fruit mix and you don't have to replicate the same thing. Or anyways, I will put up a picture of this, but it is really different, you know, and you're being from Arial subject and then you'll gain from a photo reference. So I strongly encourage that you try to grab a leaf from the garden from outside and then just try to bin that and then see how it governances follow the steps of the layering. First is obviously the observation for the colors, the shape and all. And then just, just feel how the layers are, what the colors are, and they just start putting that on your paper like this. And I will explain you more about your class project in the next lesson. 8. Class Project: He's all we are now done with the painting. So here is how it looks and I know how I I want you to make go which one is the painting and which one is earlier leaf and see. Okay, so here is our painting. And I hope you enjoyed the whole process. And what I want you do, want you to do for your class project is being done IV like this or this, or maybe this. And since it's the fall season, if you have the whole season at your place, then you again, obviously pick out any leaf. Pick any leaf and it might have lots of color like this one or maybe like this one. And if not, you can find the brown leaves everywhere. So just start drawing on solving the colors are layers, then the detailing and then the final touch-up. And then don't forget the shadows because that's what makes it pop up. Or you can also usually from your house plants and try on that, the techniques that I have taught you today. And I'm looking forward to your submissions. And I hope you enjoyed this class and you can follow me and find more of my work with the same name by the odd bug on all of this and platforms. Or you can also visit my website, which is by the odd to see more of my work or get industry with me. Thank you so much and buh-bye.