Notes on Drawing (Leaf Example)

I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on drawing.  In this example, we are looking at a cottonwood leaf.  I liked this particular leaf because it looks like a it has a bird beak.

Cottonwood Leaf










What I really want you to notice is all of the lines that I put down to build up my drawings.
I don’t erase because I think something is in the wrong place.
I just redraw my lines until I think they are correct.
Once they are correct, I continue defining the lines that represent what I am drawing.

Cottonwood Leaf 1















Again, I don’t worry about those extra lines.
I actually like those lines.  I think they add interest.  I like seeing how a drawing comes together.
Once you feel that your shape and size is correct, start defining those lines by darkening and adding detail.
And those extra lines?  You could leave them, or hide them with shading and highlighting.

Cottonwood Leaf 2















If you have taken one of my classes, you will remember to look at the negative shapes to see if your positive shapes are correct.

Cottonwood Leaf 3


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