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How to Draw Leaves

Learn how to draw leaves, and then place them in a grid. A variety of types, sizes and positions will make a pretty fall drawing.

how to draw leaves
how to draw leaves

Whether you are looking for a fall drawing project that features leaves, or have something that needs leaves added to the background, here’s a handy tutorial for you. It includes six basic types of leaves so students can just begin to learn the different names, without getting too scientific.

My experience is that some are easiest to draw when you start with veins first, and the leaf shape around then, and others visa versa. Either way, I hope this is a handy reference guide the next time you need some variety for your fall art.

Media note: Crayons work great, but this can make a lovely watercolor painting too, as shown by my sample below. I recommended using real watercolor paper, a black Sharpie for a bleed-proof drawing and liquid watercolor paint. Extra dabs of color along the veins make for some fun wet-on-wet painting practice.

Leaf Grid with watercolor paint on watercolor paper


  • How to Draw Leaves (see above to get your own PDF)
  • Drawing paper
  • Black marker
  • Crayons


How to Draw Leaves

  1. How to draw a Willow leaf

  2. How to draw a Beech leaf

  3. How to draw a Walnut or Ash leaf

  4. How to draw a Poplar leaf

  5. How to draw a Oak leaf

  6. How to draw a Maple Leaf

More Fall Drawing Projects

Leaf Drawing page, click on image to open a PDF template
Line Art Leaf, click on image to open PDF
How to Draw a Maple Leaf
How to Draw Line Art Leaves
Draw a Fall Grid
How to Draw a Grid Tree
How to Draw a Tree
How to Draw a Fall Tree
How to Draw a Fall Sunset
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Marker Leaf Project
How to Draw a Leaf Pattern Resist

4 Responses

  1. Kathleen Barbro

    Thanks Connie, I had kind of forgotten about the painting option. I just added the sample to the post showing the crayon version, to offer more options.

    I appreciate the feedback!

  2. Connie Bimm

    Where’s your painted version of the fall leaf grid? Pretty sure you used liquid watercolors, right? It’s a great project, either way!

  3. Kathleen Barbro

    Glad you like it!

  4. ciel7

    Very cool and helpful
    Thank you very much.

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