I picked this leaf up when I was out walking in the Autumn and took it home with the intention of sketching it there and then. Of course I didn't and the leaf shrivelled up but not before I took a photo.
Now I much prefer painting or sketching still life from the real thing but sometimes that's not possible. I'm quite pleased overall with this but as you can see the shadow on the left is not correct. The leaf was actually turned up on that side so it was not touching the table, hence the shadow underneath which looks like another section of leaf.
The shadow needed to be darker but that's what more practice helps to improve.
If you ignore the dodgy shadow, it's not too bad.