A dry oak leaf in ink

Above: Four stages in the drawing of a dried oak leaf, using ink and a brush. Click on any of the thumbnails for a closer look.

For this drawing I worked from life, using an oak leaf I had found during a walk. I lit the leaf low from the side, so that I could study its veins. I first drew out the main shape and veins in pencil, and added several layers of pale wash to give the form of the leaf. Then I focused on the details in slightly darker ink wash using a magnifier on the subject, and drawing through my magnifier light. I haven’t shown these in the photographs, but you can see them in this earlier post: magnifier lights.

The ink is my usual Winsor & Newton Liquid Indian Ink, diluted with distilled water in a palette. I began with a size 6 watercolour brush for the paler washes, and added the details with a size 00. The size of the drawing is approx. 21 x 15cm, and the paper is Strathmore Bristol Board.

If you’d like to see more of my newer drawings, I have reorganised the Galleries section of the site, which you can view here: Galleries

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