Plant Drawing and Painting

Plant Drawing and Painting


If you want to draw and paint plants, you have one thing above all: a huge selection of motifs! In this article, you will find useful tips and tricks for painting and drawing plants, so that each of your plant drawings succeeds.

Drawing and painting leaves

In most cases, the leaves are the biggest challenge when drawing or painting a plant, which is why we should always get a reference to help us. At best, we even have a plant at hand, but a photo from the Internet works also well.

It is difficult to remember the exact nature of the leaves if you have not studied plants intensively. Besides the reference, it also can't hurt to take a closer look at some basic facts about leaf shapes and colors.

Reference for drawing Plants

Different leaf shapes

Some plants, such as the Monstera adansonii, have very complicated to draw foliage. It can be difficult to start drawing these, especially in groups as it seems to be impossible to find out where to start.

However, there is a very simple trick to draw such leaves. All we have to do is imagine simplified shapes for the foliage, such as circles, hearts, or arrows. If we start our sketch this way, we can elaborate on these shapes in the next step.

By the way, the same procedure works for drawing trees and flowers.

Draw different shapes of leaves: Monstera, Syngonium, etc.

Different leaf colors

No matter if we use watercolors, colored pencils, or other paints: To portray a plant convincingly it is important to get its right colors.

Green is not just green, because some plants can have yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, and even blue as their undertone. This undertone has a great influence on the final shade of green.

Some plants even have a distinctive pattern on their leaves. A Pothos scindapsus pictus has silver glittering spots, and a purple Syngonium podophyllum has fine pixel-like colorations along the edges of its leaves.

It is best to look very closely and try out colors and patterns in advance on a separate piece of paper.

Paint different colors of leaves: Syngonium White Butterfly, Pothos scindapsus pictus

Houseplants painted with watercolor

If you want to learn to draw and paint plants and at the same time you are the owner of at least one houseplant, you can practice directly with your living plant! There is no better reference because you can examine the plant in detail from all angles.

Parlor Palm Watercolor Painting

Parlor Palm

Chamaedorea elegans

  • Leaf shape:
  • Leaf Color:
  • Watercolor:
    helio green, yellow ochre, burnt umber
Golden Pothos Watercolor Painting

Golden Pothos

Epipremnum aureum

  • Leaf shape:
    heart-shaped, pointy
  • Leaf Color:
    Green & Yellow, slightly variegated
  • Watercolor:
    helio green, yellow ochre, chrom. yellow hue lemon

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