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08-27-2007, 01:17 PM
I just started in a botanical art class, and this is my first assignment.
The first drawings are leaves seen right on, and not in perspective.
The last is of rose leaves seen right on, and in perspective.

I know this is beginner stuff but hope you have some comments for me.
I am not sure if the drawings are accurate enough :)
I am asked only to draw in the main veins on the leaves

The drawings are done one tracing paper with B and 2B pencils.
Size A4 paper


08-27-2007, 04:22 PM

Charlie's Mum
08-27-2007, 04:47 PM
Your teacher is the best person to tell you if these are what's wanted Marianne!

I'd say that the second page of shapes is showing some good observation in the veins and their structure.

Have you been told to keep the pencils very sharp? It makes it easier to get variation in line/tone if they are.

I think once perspective is introduced, the changes in tone of the lines is important.

The structure, number and direction of the veins are specific to the character of each plant - so learning about them is good .. and you seem to be doing OK here! :D

Lady Carol
08-27-2007, 05:59 PM
I think if you were asked to draw in the main veins then that should be correct based on your brief.

The perspective on the second page is terrific.

08-27-2007, 08:10 PM
I think they're great botanical drawings!

08-28-2007, 01:43 AM
Thanks for your comments Charlie, Carol and Polygon

keep the pencils very sharp

I used a knife and some sandpaper to sharpen my pencils, but perhaps I should try an electric sharpener LOL

I will keep on working and draw many other leaves this way, it's amazing how different they are. I know leaves have all kinds of shapes, but I never thought about how different leaves from the same plant actually are.
Guess this is why I love to draw, I don't have to go on an expensive vacation, I can just go out side my house and pick up some new exciting things to discover.

Charlie's Mum
08-28-2007, 06:33 AM
....but I never thought about how different leaves from the same plant actually are.
.. and this means you have started to observe, instead of just looking and not taking it in! That's essential, and something many people never learn to do! :D

08-29-2007, 04:09 AM
These look really great Marianne. I think you will do fine with your Course. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

08-29-2007, 07:57 PM
Ditto to Maureen's comment. Learning to observe and take mental snapshots is a very important tool to artists. Well done. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of leaf collection assignments for school ... collecting, identifying, learning the leaf structure, growing patterns, vein and edge details, etc. and cataloging. Adds to the appreciation of the world around us as your work no doubt is currently!

08-30-2007, 09:35 PM
I think these look really good! :)