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How To Draw Fall Leaves In Inkscape

Updated on September 14, 2014

How To Draw A Fall Leaf In Inkscape

We can find so many beautiful leaves when it is Fall. Or we can draw them ourselves, try different colors and use them as fall decoration.

I'll show you how to draw autumn leaves with Inkscape. Inkscape is open source vector graphics editor and can be downloaded for free.

Red leaf is picture by Pippi Dust.

Have you ever tried to draw with Inkscape?

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This is Inkscape

This is how Inkscape looks like when we open the program.

Line Tool

On the left side we can find Toolbox and first we are going to use line tool, it looks like this.

We start to draw a leaf. We place points with line tool.

This is our leaf.

Edit Tool

We add some curves with edit tool. We can find it on the left side and it looks like this.

To add curves we go to the part we want to edit, press it and drag it to the left or right.

We add petiole and veins.

Now we add some spots where color will be different.

Our leaf is colored.

I used these outline colors:

- for petiole and veins #d02929,

- for whole leaf #841515,

- for spots I used five colors: #9a5f24, #dc9224, #e4b423, #dac825 and #dee22a.

And for fill I used these colors:

- for petiole and veins #d62f2f,

- for whole leaf #be170d

- for spots I used five colors: #a8652d, #e38332, #e3ab32, #e3d132 and #e3bf32.

Here we use Filters - Blurs - Noisy blur.

Here we use Filters - Textures - Inkblot for petiole and veins

and Filters - Textures - Ink paint for whole leaf and yellow spots.

And our first leaf is done.

Let's make another leaf, this time it will be yellow. We can change color and add different effects to get different leaves.

Here I used color #643131 for stroke paint and #671208 for fill for petiole and veins and color #ecde1e for stroke paint and #f3ac04 for fill for whole leaf.

Effect for petiole and veins is Filters - Textures - Inkblot and for whole leaf is Filters - Textures - Rough paper.

And here is the third leaf with a little bit different shape.

I used color #6c112e for stroke paint and #76212d for fill for petiole and veins and color #b5100e for stroke paint and #a5361d for fill for whole leaf.

Effect for petiole and veins is Filters - Textures - Inkblot and for whole leaf is Filters - Textures - Ink paint.


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    • mel-kav profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never heard of Inkscape before, but it looks really cool. Great tutorial.

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      6 years ago

      Love the artistic inspiration!

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      7 years ago

      thanks for this tutorial. :-)

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      7 years ago

      Back for a blessing here! I just LOVE fall leaves!

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great lens. Well deserved purple star.

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      7 years ago

      Fab step by step tutorial - very clear and easy to follow - brilliant!

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      7 years ago

      I've never used this drawing software but this looks rather easy thanks to your nice presentation. Beautiful :)

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      7 years ago

      I've never tried to draw a leaf, this looks like fun.

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      Gloria Freeman 

      7 years ago from Alabama USA

      Thanks for sharing this.

    • jlshernandez profile image


      7 years ago

      Great tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      What a unique lens- this will be fun to try out with my grandson.

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the lesson.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you so much for this great lesson in How To Draw Fall Leaves. I will have to come back and really study this.

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      8 years ago

      Really nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done!

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I need to try this.

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      8 years ago

      ooh you've opened my eyes to the "filter" tool! I'm excited to try them out now! :D

    • PaulWinter profile image


      8 years ago

      Than you for the tutorila. I am trying to get to grips with inkscape. I will have a look at some of your other tutorials.

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      8 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE fall leaves!!! Blessed!

    • Mistl profile image


      8 years ago

      Very cool and easy to follow the step by step guide! :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love your step by step instructions.

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      I really do like your Inkscape tutorials. They're well written and easy to follow

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      8 years ago

      Ah, I am harkening back to school days when we captured the changing leaves of Fall and pressed them with an iron and some wax paper.

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      bhavesh lm 

      8 years ago

      Wow! It's easier than I thought. I thought people actually drew such things by hand. May be I will it a try. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Cool tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      I've played with inkscape before but didn't get very far. Thanks for the tutorial!

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      8 years ago

      This is an excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! :)


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