During this pretty season, it’s not at all uncommon to want to do some sort of craftiness including the one an only, leaf. So, today, we’re going to draw the best maple leaf ever! Yes, you can do it. It’s a big fat myth that leaves are hard to draw. With this easy method that I’ve made just for you, you’ll be doodling maple leaves all day long! Are you ready to draw?
A Pencil (for your first leaf, I recommend to use a pencil so erasing is a breeze!)
Paper (anything to write on that’s gonna be easy to erase, I find paper with lines is great because it helps make everything nice an straight!)
1 Our first step is to draw a triangle. That’s right! A triangle! I find an acute triangle (thin) makes a better leaf. This triangle is the biggest point of your leaf, and our foundation.
2 Step number two, it only gets easier with two curved triangles on either side of the big triangle. Use those lines to make the triangles on either side nice an even!
3 Draw a smaller triangle on the sides of the triangles we created in step 2. Make sure they curve, Leaving a nice flat rounded bottom of the leaf. Erase the inside lines, leaving a clean simple leaf.
4 Now for the details! If you want to enlarge or straighten any parts of the leaf make sure you do so now before creating the details of the leaf. Start by very lightly drawing one not absolutely straight vein leading nearly to the top of the biggest point. Do the same thing for the other smaller points of the leaf.
5 Our second step of detailing the leaf, draw very small soft slightly curved lines coming from the veins we drew in step 4. Try to match your drawing up with this picture, if you think the leaf looks off.
6 Last but absolutely not least, this may be the most important step, and the easiest! Draw a line coming from the middle of the bottom of the leaf, this is the stem. If you like, make the lines of the leaf more bold.
If you like how the leaf looks, you can keep it like this, OR you can make the small triangles slightly squiggled, leaving an uneven ridgy edge to the leaf. This gives even more detail, so you may want to do this if the leaf is the most prominent thing in the drawing or painting. Here are the difference of the two methods:
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Yours Truly, the Blue Eyed Crafter