How To Draw a Leaf in Procreate

Leaves come in myriad shapes and sizes, each with its unique texture and vein patterns. 

Mastering leaf drawing in Procreate not only adds a valuable skill to your artistic repertoire but also opens up a world of botanical illustration possibilities. 

So, grab your iPad, fire up Procreate, and let’s draw some leaves together!

How to Draw a Leaf in Procreate

Step 1: Choose Your Leaf Type

First things first, decide on the type of leaf you want to draw. Is it a sturdy oak leaf, a delicate maple, or something entirely your own creation? This choice will guide your drawing, so pick wisely or wildly – artist’s choice!

Choose Your Leaf Type

Step 2: Sketching the Outline

Grab a sketching pencil from Procreate’s brush library.

Start by drawing the main vein of your leaf. It’s the backbone of your leaf, literally.

Sketch the outline of your leaf around this vein. Remember, nature isn’t perfect, so don’t be afraid of uneven edges!

Sketching the Outline

Step 3: Adding Details

Switch to a finer brush for the veins. Branch out from the main vein with smaller lines to create a realistic vein pattern.

Think of it like drawing a tree, but tinier and flatter.

Adding Details

Step 4: Color It In

Choose a color palette that screams “leaf” to you. Various shades of green, yellow, or even red – fall vibes, anyone?

Start with a base color. Use a larger, softer brush to fill in the entire leaf.

Add layers of different colors for depth. Leaves aren’t just one shade, they’re a kaleidoscope of nature’s palette.

Color it In

Step 5: Shading and Highlights

To create depth, add shading under the veins and along the edges. Imagine where the sun would hit your leaf and where shadows would fall.

Use a lighter color to add highlights along the top of the veins and edges.

Shading and Highlights

Step 6: Final Touches

For that ultra-realistic look, add a texture overlay. A little bit of leafy texture goes a long way.

Use the smudge tool to softly blend the colors, especially where the shades and highlights meet.

This skill is not just about creating a single leaf; it’s about understanding form, light, and texture. As you practice, you’ll find your leaves becoming more lifelike and detailed.

The more leaves you draw, the more you’ll understand their anatomy, and soon, you’ll be adding all sorts of foliage to your digital landscapes and designs with ease and confidence. Explore our wide range of procreate leaf brushes to enhance your botanical illustrations.

FInal Touches
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Tanya is a digital artist with a passion for bringing stories to life through her art. Drawing has been a part of her life since childhood, and over the years, she expanded her repertoire to include both traditional mediums and digital platforms. Her toolkit includes a range of software skills, from Procreate and Photoshop to Adobe Indesign, and After Effects.

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