How to Draw a Monstera Leaf || Leaf Drawing in Pencil

How to draw a monstera leaf in pencil. This is a quick step by step tutorial on how to draw and shade a tropical leaf in pencil.

I’m using two pencils. An HB pencil and a 0.7 mm mechanical pencil and its eraser. And I have a photo reference.

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Start by sketching the shape of the leaf lightly with a hard pencil such as HB, a kind of a heart shape. Sketch out the lobes and the holes of the leaf. A reference photo helps a lot here and in the shading stage. The tips of the lobes are sharp. Next go ahead and sketch out the ribs of the leaf. They’re not symmetrical. Then erase the lines you don’t need anymore.

Now, lightly shade in the areas between the ribs using the same hard pencil. We’ll build on the shading to create more contrast. You can carve out the white ribs again with a small eraser like the one on the mechanical pencil.

Now, look at your reference photo or a real monstera leaf to determine where to add darker shading. You can switch to a softer pencil. I’m shading a bit around the leaf ribs and the edges of the lobes that would be further away from the light source.

Continue with even darker shading on smaller areas. You can make some sharp lines besides the soft shading. Finally make some highlights with the eraser to add more contrast. And you’re done!

Monstera deliciosa or Mexican breadfruit plant is a classic houseplant from the rainforest, but I’ve been seeing monstera leaves everywhere especially this summer. I like their shape a lot so I want to use in my painting backgrounds and make patterns for my Redbubble shop using drawn and painted monstera leaves.

What do you think of small drawing tutorials or tips like this? These are a lot quicker for me to make than long painting time lapse videos.

• HB pencil
• 0.7 mechanical pencil
• eraser
• 110 gsm sketchbook paper
• photo reference


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