How to Draw Veins on Leaves

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If you look closely, leaves have many individual veins running through them. Draw the veins on leaves with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Patricia. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw veins on leaves. Now there's two, or pardon me, three types of veins and I'm going to draw three types of leaves and then show you the three types of veins. So, notice how my leaves are simple. I'm just doing some long curved lines. On this last one though, this is going to be more like a geranium leaf but notice how I have more, you know, looser lines here a more organic shape, leaves come in all different shapes and sizes. The best way to learn how to draw leaves is to go pick some up outside and just look at them and draw what you see. Alright so for the first one, these are parallel veins and notice how they're just veins that go all the way down the leaf and the lines are of course, parallel to each other. They do not cross. So, here is the first type of vein. You'll see this a lot in tropical plants. Alright and then the second is peni. We have one line down the center and then from that line are your veins. And so this is the second type of vein, the peni. Alright, all the way up and then the last type is the palmate and this is more like on a geranium leaf, sometimes they'll even have a circle here and then the veins go up through the leaf and there's not one central vein, there's more than one but these are like the central veins and then from them you have a lot more veins sprouting off. There's no rhyme or reason to this, you just kind of, it's almost like tree branches. They just sprout off of the central vein and they bring nourishment to the leaf. Alright, so here you go, here are your three types of leaf veins. Enjoy.

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