7 Ways to Draw Fall Leaves
7 Ways to Draw Fall Leaves
Fall is in the air, friends! It’s the perfect time to create seasonal projects, and what could be a better embellishment than pretty fall leaves? Today, I want to show you seven super-easy leaf designs you can use to accent your hand lettered art as the weather turns chilly. Let’s get started…
This is a very common leaf type, also known as a simple ovulate leaf. It’s basically an oval shape with pointed ends and you can use it in all kinds of designs. Start by drawing a long line for your stem, then begin your leaf shape about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of that line. Curve out and upward, creating a point at the top above where your original line ended. Then, curve back down to meet the beginning of your shape. That’s it! You can leave it just like that, or add veins by drawing short diagonal lines coming from the stem like I did in the image below.
This is a variation on the simple leaf, but with a heart shape rather than the pointed oval. The basic steps are the same to form it, the only thing you need to change is that when starting to create the leaf shape, you’ll curve downward first before continuing your line up to the top. Basically you’re creating an upside down heart with a stem running through the center.
Small Oak Leaf
Unlike the simple leaf, this one has a lobate shape. You’ll start with a line for the stem, then sketch five rounded lobes around it. The bottom two should be larger and wider than the rest. Don’t worry about making them perfectly symmetrical, that doesn’t always happen in nature either!
Large Oak Leaf
This oak leaf is a larger variation of what you just learned. Instead of five lobes, there are seven. To add detail, draw one vein that extends from the center stem into each lobe.
Drawing this type of leaf is very similar to the Small Oak, but instead of rounding the ends of each lobe, you’ll want to make them pointed. The bottom lobes should be the largest and widest again to give the leaf the shape we recognize.
Start with a center stem, then draw a small oval shape at the top. Extend short diagonal lines coming from the stem and branching out in opposite directions. Finish by drawing more small ovals, one on each line.
Black Walnut Leaf
This leaf style also begins with a stem and an oval at the top. The next step is to draw small oval shapes on both sides of the stem that directly touch it. As you get closer to the bottom of the stem, the ovals should get gradually larger.
When your leaves are drawn, the real fun begins as you get to color them in using your favorite shades of fall! Tombow Dual Brush Pens are great for this because they’re so easy to blend. Use a combination of red, orange, yellow, green, and even brown to give your leaves a seasonal feel.
These leaves make great embellishments, whether you use just one type or a combination in your designs. What do you think? Which is your favorite shape?
Amy Latta, aka One Artsy Mama, is passionate about inspiring her online community by sharing honest inspiration for everyday life. Amy is the recipient of The Craftys’ 2015 “Best Craft Blogger” award, as well as being voted the top Crafty Blogger of 2015 in the SwayyEm community. Recently, she released her third e-book, A Hand Lettered New Year. Amy is a perfectionist, a recovering English teacher, a ballroom dancer, and a Starbucks addict.