How to Draw a Fiddle-leaf Fig Leaf Plant

design team - leanne drawing Sep 01, 2021
How to draw a fiddle leaf

Don't you just love drawing plants? I do, so it's no surprise that I will be teaching you how to draw some of my favorite plants over the coming weeks! They are also among some of the most popular ones because they are very striking in shape and design. They just have a lovely uniqueness to them, beautiful shape and patterns. I just love them. They look so beautiful in your house, and they bring me so much joy when I look at them. 


Hi everyone! It’s Leanne here from the Pigeon Letters Design Team. In this mini-series, I’m going to show you how to draw three of my favorite plant leaves! We’ll be drawing leaves from a Fiddle-leaf fig plant, a Calathea plant and a Monstera Deliciosa plant. Let's dive in!



 Looking for more leaf and plant drawing inspiration? Check out this cutie - Botanical Line Drawing




  • Paper: Cason Artist Series Comic Manga Illustration Pad - 9”x12”  . This is a Heavyweight paper with a smooth surface. Ideal for pencil, ink and marker. Erases cleanly, acid free and comes in a fold over pad with 20 sheets of 150 lb/240 gsm paper. I love this paper for playing with ink.
  • Pencil: HB Mitsubishi pencil. This is my favorite sketching pencil because it’s very light and it’s super easy to erase). If you don’t have this pencil, I recommend using any light pencil, HB is a common pencil that comes in a sketching set. And if you don’t have sketching pencils, I recommend getting some!! They make such a big difference!! It was a game changer for me. I had used a regular pencil for years and this made my erasing so much easier!! Of course, if you have a regular pencil or prefer a regular pencil, just sketch lightly ☺  
  • A good eraser. I think everyone has their own preference, but I love the Prismacolor ArtGum erasers! It erases very clean and doesn’t leave smears like others.
  • Ink pens. The Pigeon Letters Monoline Studio Archival Pens! The 03 is my favorite. The set comes with an 01, 03, and 05. All are great and really, it’s just your preference!   



Drawing a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Leaf (too many leaves in that sentence!) 

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Step 1: Lightly Sketch the Basic Shape

Notice that the shape is wider on the top and tapers on the bottom. Just like a fiddle! Or a violin! Did you know that’s where it gets its name from? They call it a fiddle-leaf fig plant because its leaf looks like a fiddle. I was so excited to learn this ☺ 



Step 2:  Add a Little More Detail

Adding the wonky outline following the guide you made in step 1. Think of wavy kale! Add the rounded tip on the top of the leaf. 



Step 3: Add the Leaf Vines

Add the center vein, the (midrib) and the inside veins (petioles). Note that they come out from the stem/midrib like a V. 



Step 4: Outline and Erase Sketch! 




Create the full plant! ☺ 

All you need is stems, more leaves and a pot. So easy to make a cute houseplant line drawing!! 




Here’s some cute facts about the fiddle-leaf fig plant: 


  • They can be expensive to buy from a plant shop. I’m pretty sure I spent quite a bit on mine (darn!), but did you know Ikea sells them online from $12.99 to $19.99? Not bad. 
  • Its mature outdoor height is 50 feet! 
  • They are super finicky high-maintenance plants. They don’t like drafts, soil that is too wet, soil that’s too dry, too much sun, not enough sun, and dry air! I have learned this the hard way and had no idea. I bought mine because I LOVE their leaf shape. They are so pretty, but mine needs constant attention. So far so good. 
  • It got its name because the leaves look like a fiddle/violin! 
  • Now I’m going to be singing to my fiddle-leaf plant the violin song by They might be Giants look it up, you won’t be disappointed, and you’re welcome. ☺ 




Thank you for drawing with me today! I hope you had as much fun as I did! Please tag me @leannemarkle on IG so I can see what cute plants you’ve made! And see you in part 2 of this mini-series where we’ll be drawing the beautiful leaves from the Calathea plant.


Originally from NM, Leanne gets inspiration from nature after moving to the beautiful PNW 20 years ago. She's drawn to the green trees, water, mountains and flowers growing all around her. Making art is all she's ever wanted to do so you can find always find her drawing (and occasionally tending to her rainbow flower garden in Animal Crossing. Check out more of Leanne's tutorials over here!


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