Yesterday in class we learned the technique behind drawing realistic curled leaves. This also applies to petals.
We then practiced this technique by drawing and shading leaves that were twisted 4 ways.
Unlike previous sketches which were drawn from a real sample, these were drawn following the technique and what we had learned so far from shading.
I'm now looking at nature with a whole new appreciation for it's splendour. I don't think this course will turn me into a gardener (so many of the women studying botanical illustration are keen gardeners), but I am compelled to stop and study plants that catch my eye. I also have an array of picked flowers, leaves and other miscellanea sitting around in glasses of water on the kitchen bench.