331. Maple Leaves

I had this one coming for a while. I wanted to paint a tree but I never got the courage to do it. Instead on focusing on the struggles I will focus on the lessons learned.

  • Start with a very light shade of color on the areas that stick out. This prevents having open gaps an losing where the branches have to go
  • Paint light branches on the areas they are visible
  • Blot on some leaves and try to follow the hue and shading of the tree
  • Add highlights and darks later to give it depth
  • Oversaturate the brush to get consistent darker lines

That last part hit me like an ‘aha’ moment when the branches didn’t want to stuck out.

All these above insights I did not start out with, but learned while being in the progress.

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