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Written by David Adams

  Step 1
The oval shapes are drawn first using a white pencil.
  Step 2
I made a mixture that is lighter than the hue of the leaf, which I used to fill in the waterdrops.
  Step 3
Next, the values are blocked in. I made a mixture slightly darker than the leaf, then brushed in a "half moon" shape over the area of the waterdrops closest to the light source. This area will later contain a highlight.
  Step 4
Another "half moon" shape is painted directly opposite the light source. This creates the cast shadow of the waterdrop.
  Step 5
I painted a light line within the waterdrop opposite the light source. A drop of water is similar to a magnifying glass in that it focuses (or translates) light onto a surface. So, with this in mind I added a touch of light in the cast shadow of the waterdrops.

The highlights were painted next by first adding a light greenish blue line with a single brush stroke in the dark area near the light source. Then a spot of pure white was added, making the illusion "pop" into realism.
  Step 6
I finished this demonstration by painting the hanging waterdrops. A mixture of white with a touch of blue was used to block in the values. The sparkles were created by lightly glazing in the burst lines.

It always amazes me that a few added points of interest can greatly influence a composition - in this case, the three hanging waterdrops.