Paint­ing plants and leaves

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A cus­tom leaf pat­tern brush is very use­ful, but for nat­u­ral-look­ing plants, light and colour is crit­i­cal. I al­ways start plants with a sil­hou­ette shape, which needs to look ran­dom and nat­u­ral. Next add a light mid-tone based on the light source and plant form. Fi­nally, I ap­ply high­lights – here I use a warmer yel­low­ish green to brighten the light­ing. Ad­just the tones if you need more fo­cus and con­trast.

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