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GODDAMN LEAVES. by iKiska GODDAMN LEAVES. by iKiska
I hate drawing leaves. I HATE IT. Trees, plants, nature in general, SUCKS. I get so lazy and it looks like crap and then I get all sad and shit.

Anyway long story short, I started a picture that has a couple leaves in it (it's autumn-themed, who would have thought), so I drew this one leaf thinking it's be crappy, and then I was like WHOA it's awesome, so then I colored it over the course of a damn hour, and I was like HOLY CRAP, that's like amazing.

So then I saved it because I loved it so much. Oh my :heart:

ANYHOW then I put this together in all of two minutes and referenced the face off of some plz account I can't remember, put words on it and BAM the result is this thing.

It's also a picture for my mom. See, she's begun trying to paint stuff and be crafty like the entire rest of her family, and today I saw a video Patrick took of the new house and he showed some pictures my mom painted, and I thought I'd draw a picture of a leaf to either motivate her or crush her spirit. BECAUSE I LOVE HER.

SO YEAH MOM THIS IS FOR YOU, THIS PICTURE THAT WAS A COPYPASTA OF A LEAF I DREW AND A SMILEY GUY AND SOME WORDS. HAPPY BIRTHDAY A FEW MONTHS EARLY. When's your birthday? October-something? WHATEVER MAN HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU OLD COOT.

Brb now I hungry. Will submit something non-crappy in someday.
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flightfootwarrior Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Its so beautiful:heart: :iconiloveitplz: leaves are sooo hard to draw >w<
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WinterDarkmoon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw man. AW MAN. Now I've gotta learn to paint leaves. :ohmygod: SO I CAN BE JUST LYKE YOUUUU. Oh My God! IT'S SO SHINY!!! lol.

No but, playing aside, that's a really really really good leaf!! :D
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iKiska Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Get a pretty stock image of a leaf you want to draw and don't pay attention to it at all. It's what I did! I had it on another canvas to be looked at, but I winged this and that's why it looks so painty and not too real :XD:

D'aawh, thank you :heart:
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WinterDarkmoon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL. That sounds like a GREAT technique! "I'm gonna have this over here, but not look at it. JUST IN CASE." :D It looks digitally real, though. :P That's all that matters!

You're welcome. :)
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iKiska Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
That's definitely what I do :dummy: I make big ol' canvases like 3000x3000 pixels in size and fill it with references, color strategies, pictures that inspire me, etc -- and then I don't look at them :lol:

I did however manage to look at a reference for the crow in the picture, WHICH IS GOOD because I'd have been screwed without help. And it looks really cool now :drool:
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WinterDarkmoon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL. That sounds like the planning strategy takes longer than the work itself. o.O;

Awesome! Yeah, crows need their anatomy on straight to look cool. :D
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iKiska Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
That depends on the work itself, haha. If I'm going to certain symbolism or basically doing anything that requires research, that can take several days. Used to be I could finish a painting in an afternoon if I put my mind to it, but these days one painting might take two weeks :ohnoes:

I'm super proud of my crow, weirdly. DEM FEATHERS. I hate feathers, haha. I was nervous about him so I put it off as long as I could, but now that that's done it looks awesome :la:
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psychotic-cookie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so... leafy! :la:
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Well... it IS a nice leaf.
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Ixbran Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
the picture, and the story behind it, is adorable

please keep drawing cute things
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