Complete Course – The Practice of Botanical Drawing

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Step-by-step guidance and visual instruction using colored pencil and watercolor pencil. Study natures forms, patterns and colors throughout the year using seasonal botanical subjects.

Lessons

Lesson 1: Drawing a Branch in Color

Length: 35 minutesComplexity: Easy

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Learn basic light source on a three dimensional branch with smooth toning using a complete range of values from light to dark. Use a grisalle technique and then learn to layer color on top with watercolor pencil and colored pencils. Practice rendering overlaps on a group of branches.

Lesson 2: Drawing an Acorn in Color

Length: 45 minutesComplexity: Easy

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Draw a three dimensional round nut form such as an acorn with correct light source, learn basic perspective on the acorn cup form, explore spiral patterns that nature uses on an acorn cup.

Lesson 3: Drawing Leaves

Length: 45 minutesComplexity: Standard

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Learn the basics of creating leaves with net veining in tones and color with correct light source.

Lesson 4: Drawing a Citrus Fruit in Color

Length: 25 minutesComplexity: Standard

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A large round yellow to orange form of a citrus fruit and then a composition with cross sections and cut pieces or a citrus fruit. Learn about creating thumb nail sketches to plan a composition.

Lesson 5: Understanding Flowers

Length: 158 minutesComplexity: Standard

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Identifying different flower shapes – taking apart flowers, studying reproductive parts, basic perspective of flowers and measuring flowers accurately

Lesson 6: Drawing Roses

Length: 174 minutesComplexity: Hard

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Drawing a rose in color from a bud to an open flower. This is a complex flower with multiple petals and dramatic light source using a cup as a model.

Lesson 7: Plant Exploration

Length: 31 minutesComplexity: Standard

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Studying and drawing plants outside in the garden, perspective techniques for measuring a disc flower such as a daisy.

Lesson 8: Identifying Plant Families

Length: 68 minutesComplexity: Standard

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Identifying and drawing plants by families to gain understanding of plant patterns and similarities in plants in the same family using 9 plant families that comprise over 75,000 plant species.

Lesson 9: Drawing Roots

Length: 28 minutesComplexity: Standard

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Drawing complex overlapping of roots, embossing techniques, adding a soil background around roots.

Lesson 10: Creating a Composition

Length: 18 minutesComplexity: Hard

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Understanding the Elements that make up a composition and some methods to help in planning a composition of a Root or Bulb.

Lesson 11: Color Theory

Length: 80 minutesComplexity: Standard

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Basic Color Theory ~ Color Bias Theory ~Color Matching and Mixing with colored pencils.

Lesson 12: Creating a Botanical Illustration

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Hard

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This lesson teaches more about creating a complete botanical composition with several plant components to possibly use as a holiday or harvest card or print. In the video there is an exciting bonus video of an interview with 8 world renowned Contemporary Botanical Artists on how they plan a composition.

Lesson 15: Drawing a Peach in Color

Length: 60 minutesComplexity: Hard

Learn to draw a peach in color. Advanced Concepts: Planning a layout/composition, creating fuzzy edges.   STEP 1: Sketch the peach life-size using a ruler and graphite pencil. (see previous lessons) STEP 2: Begin grisaille technique with a dark, neutral color. In this case, I am using red-violet. Determine light source, shadow side, and placement of the highlight. STEP 3: [...]

Lesson 16: Drawing an Apple in Color

Length: 60 minutesComplexity: Standard

Overview: Draw a group of apples on a branch with colored pencil and watercolor. This lesson combines techniques from previous lessons to build a composition with multiple fruits, stem, and leaves. For reference, you may want to revisit these lessons: Getting Started: Light Source Setup Botanical Basics Toning Lesson 8: Toning a Cylinder Botanical Basics Toning Lesson 10: Toning a [...]

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