Seasonal Beginning, Middle and End
Each of the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, has a beginning, a middle and an end.
There is early Autumn when the Sun is in Virgo (September/October), middle Autumn when the Sun is in Libra (October/November) and late Autumn when the Sun is in Scorpio (November/December).
I live in Vancouver and, during November, the late Autumn leaves fall from the trees every day.
For this sketch I waited for the leaves to be variegated.
Multicolored leaves meant that one leaf has green, red and yellow in it.
I did not want to be too early in the season when the leaves and mainly green with a little red.
Additionally, I did not want to wait too late when the leaves get to be a washed-out yellow color which happens later in the season.
This is tricky and I had to be on the lookout every day to see which leaves meet my “color variety” mid-season criteria.
Get a Leaf
Well enough about that, just get a leaf to draw.
I am a hobby artist which means I’m sharing my journey to get better with art with you. I believe that in time to come I will get better at drawing as I hone my craft with more practice and some art classes.
I believe that Leonardo da Vinci took seventeen years before he was skilled enough to draw his masterpieces, so there is no rush for me or for you.
I did a light pencil sketch picking up the main veins and outline of the leaf.
The colored pencils I’m using are Faber Castell polychromas.
I like to start with the lightest color first and build up to the darker colors in layers.
I used dusky yellow called dark Naples ochre and went over the middle parts near the veins.
Using cadmium orange, I laid down some color further from the veins towards the center of the leaf.
The red I chose is called middle cadmium red which is deep and ruby like to give the red color to the leaf. The leaf is red in blotches again between the veins.
Finally, the green I selected is named olive green yellowish which tells you it is a yellow green and not a blue green which is what you want for natural foliage, yellow green that is.
The art supplies I used are listed here but I urge you to use what you have at hand.
- 2h Pencil
Faber Castel Polychromas Colored Pencils
- Yellow pencil
- Orange pencil
- Red pencil
- Green pencil
At the end I created a small color swatch on the side and wrote the specific colors that I used on the page in my journal.
Swatching is a great idea so you can reproduce the exact drawing again later.
Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me.
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