Graphite Pencil Art | “Nature Loves You”

Before completing the drawing of the oranges, I tackled another drawing that I was in the process of finishing, but stopped due to life’s circumstances. This one involved a subject that I discovered a long time ago during my time at my favorite park in Fruit Cove, FL.

When I got done reading and lounging on a towel underneath a tree, I started to leave and a nearby plant caught my attention due to the way the leaves were shaped. Because of the way the sunlight was hitting the oddly-shaped leaves, I couldn’t resist whipping my phone out and snapping a quick reference photo (the one seen at the start of this post).

To this day, I still don’t know what kind of plant this is, but when I started my drawing, I had already decided to do it in graphite pencil due to the details of the leaves. My 4H pencil was used for the basic outline while my H pencil filled in the actual lines of the leaves and vines.

Shading was pretty time consuming and difficult because again, the way the sunlight hit the two leaves made several areas of shadow appear. But I did my best and took my time with getting it nearly the way it looked in the photo. My B, 2B, and 3B pencils were used along with my burnishing pencil on the leaves for a more slightly dramatic look.

Overall, I love the way the leaves came out, but I don’t like the look of the vines. I was so focused on getting the leaves correct that I forgot about the vines behind them and what I wanted them to look like. Perhaps when I have time, I’ll go back and see what I can do with the vines. For now, I’ll leave the artwork on where it’s at.

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