Luvi Silverberg
November 10, 2022

How to Draw a Pot Leaf


Drawing a pot leaf is easy, but it can be tricky if you're not used to drawing. But once you get the basics down, we promise that anyone can do this! We'll walk through each step of the process to give you a better idea of what it takes. You might want to grab some paper and pencils before starting so that you can follow along while practicing on your own.

Get some paper and some pencils.

  • Get some paper and some pencils. You can use regular notebook paper, but you'll have to be careful about how much pressure you apply as the graphite can break through the page if too much is applied at once. I recommend getting some drawing paper, which is a bit thicker than normal notebook paper and won't break through as easily when drawing with heavy pressure.

  • Find yourself an eraser (one that erases easily) and a sharpener (to keep your pencils sharp). A good eraser will be easy to erase marks from your drawing, while a good sharpener will sharpen your pencils quickly without breaking them in half!

Draw a swirl in the middle.

  • Using a pencil, draw a large circle that is about three inches in diameter.

  • From the center of the circle, draw a line that extends out to the outer edge and then back in again to meet at its starting point. Repeat this step on every side of your large circle until you have four lines that meet at their center points (see image).

  • Draw another line from one side of your original circle to its opposite side; repeat this step for all sides except for one remaining open space (see image).

Draw a leaf base on the swirl.

Set the pencil down and use your finger to trace the swirl. This is your leaf base, and it should curve slightly upward at the top.

Keep tracing over this shape until you have a second leaf base that curls around the first one. Fill in your leaves more using a darker color on top of these lines for highlights, or if you prefer, add shadowing along them as well (see Step 4).

Erase any mistakes so that everything looks neat and tidy before moving on!

Draw a second leaf base that curls around the first one.

To draw a second leaf base that curls around the first one, follow these steps:

  • Position your pencil so that it is parallel to the paper. It should be resting on top of your fingertips and not held by your hand. The pencil should also be at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the paper.

  • Place your thumb on top of this first leaf base as well as its stem, then put pressure down on them with your index finger while keeping it straight along with two other fingers (your middle finger and ring finger). This will help guide where you want to draw next without having too much pressure on any one part of the leaf or stem.

  • Start at an area between both sides where they come together in order to make sure they are connected together properly before drawing across them completely until all four sides are covered within each other's boundaries (see reference photo). Then remove your hand from underneith so that no lines remain visible when viewed head-on (image below).

Fill in the leaves more.

  • Use a pencil with a dark lead to fill in your leaves, like 2B or 4B.

  • Use a soft, light pencil for the same purpose, such as HB.

  • If you have white paper and want to use black ink, too, use an even lighter pencil at first: 6H or 8H work well for this purpose.

  • A red pencil works well for shading the leaves if you’re using black pen or paint on top of it—just make sure to blend thoroughly into the green of your pot leaf!

Erase your mistakes and you're done!

To erase your mistakes, take a clean sheet of paper or the new layer in the shape of a leaf and paint over that area. Then, you can save it as an image file to turn into your phone's background or use it for other drawings. As long as you learned from whatever mistake(s) you made during this process, then everything is good!

Don't forget to share your pot leaves with friends!

Share your pot leaves with friends, family and the world.


I hope that you enjoyed learning how to draw a pot leaf. You can learn more about cannabis by reading about the history of cannabis or checking out our blog for more posts related to marijuana.