A Leaf A Day in May

A Leaf a Day in May Gallery

Leaf 5

Even a brown and crinkly leaf has character and is worthy of an artwork!

Even a brown and crinkly leaf has character and is worthy of an artwork!

This little brown and wrinkly leaf suggested itself to me on my walk this morning and has lots if interest. Darkened curly edges, variation in the brown colouring, lovely shape and in the drawing actually a challenge.

Difficult to show the ups and downs of the shape of the leaf - something to keep working on. My artwork is actually of the back of the leaf rather than the top shown above. 

Leaf 4

A simple gumleaf with its autumn colouring

A simple gumleaf with its autumn colouring

Just a very simple shape for today's leaf but I always love how their colour changes with autumn introducing reds and purples.

Leaf 3

I know the heading says 'A leaf a day in May' but unfortunately life intervened on Wednesday and while I had selected my subject and done a quick sketch to set up the work, was unable to work further until Thursday.

As a result the drawing is not only a leaf but some interesting seed pods as well which sort of makes up for doing the work over 2 days I think!

first pass in colour and some work on the shadows

first pass in colour and some work on the shadows

a little more tonal work and some detail on the seed pods

a little more tonal work and some detail on the seed pods

Leaf No. 2

First pass with some colour following quick beginning sketch - this little leaf suggested itself to my project on our walk this morning. Something about the darker green and red/purple colours.

Working on adding darker colours and some shadow to lift is off the page

Working on adding darker colours and some shadow to lift is off the page

Some final definition in pen and it is finished.

Some final definition in pen and it is finished.

Leaf No 1. - Monday 2 May 2016

A gumleaf for today which just caught my attention. out on my morning walk. What grabbed me was I think the pure colour and form, just very simple , a good place to start.

 

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An enjoyable job to render it simply using my favourite inktense blocks.

some progress pics

 

first light wash

first light wash