Stefania's leaves

Stefania's leaves - student project


I really enjoyed this class, I am very glad that ou decided to produce it, Ana!

It sparked so many variations ideas that I can't wait to try out :)


Since I am studying color theory at this period, I decided to take the liberty to experiment with colors instead to stick to only greens.


Here's the spread from my watercolor sketchbook:

Stefania's leaves - image 1 - student project


So, as I said, I wanted to experiment with colors. I decide to pick a triad from my palette to use as base colors, and to mix them in order to obtain further three colors, these muted and less bright.


For the first piece I chose a slightly blue green, light violet and orange as my base colors.

Stefania's leaves - image 2 - student project

I love how it came out! I find that the muted colors really help the piece come together.


I decide to try another triad as well, this time with the yellowest green I had available, the closest-to-violet blue, and an orange red. This triad was more difficult for me to pick because I didn't really like how the base colors looked together, but I decided to challenge myself and to 'take it as an experiment'.

Stefania's leaves - image 3 - student project

While I was again very pleased with the result regarding the illustration, this second time I was really unsatisfied with my lettering, it came out really bad. I realized that that sentence needed a bit too much planning than I was willing to do! I thought of a way to remedy... so I pasted a dark piece of paper (I tried to find a color that was similar to one in my palette) and wrote only 'thank you' to make my life easier. I used some coliro golden watercolor for that. I also continued the drawing of some leaves inside on the dark paper to give more cohesion to the piece.


Thank you again for this class!




Some more experiments with my color palette and composition :)

Stefania's leaves - image 4 - student project


Monochrome with tints obtained by adding white gouache

Stefania's leaves - image 5 - student project

Stefania's leaves - image 6 - student project


Analogous colors 

Stefania's leaves - image 7 - student project

Stefania's leaves - image 8 - student project


Only muted colors

Stefania's leaves - image 9 - student project

Stefania's leaves - image 10 - student project


Two different colors not mixed together and tints obtained by adding water

Stefania's leaves - image 11 - student project

Stefania's leaves - image 12 - student project