The Practice of Botanical Drawing Course Outline

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Introduction: Botanical Drawing – Getting Started

Art Supplies, Light Source, and Basic Techniques

Videos:

  1. Getting Started – 20 minutes
  2. Art Supply Basics – 6 minutes
  3. Light Source Setup – 7 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Intro to Botanical Drawing
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Lesson 1

Drawing a Branch in Color

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 learned to layer color on top. Practice doing overlaps on a group of branches.

Videos:

  1. Drawing a Branch in Color – Basic –20 minutes
  2. Drawing a Group of Branches – Advanced – 3 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Drawing a Branch in Color
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Lesson 2

Drawing an Acorn in Color

Draw a three-dimensional round nut form such as an acorn and explore spiral patterns that nature uses on an acorn cup.

Videos:

  1. Drawing a Acorn in Color – Part 1 – 18 minutes
  2. Drawing a Acorn in Color – Part 2 – 20 minutes
  3. Drawing a Acorn in Color – Part 3 – 6 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Drawing a Acorn in Color
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Lesson 3

Drawing Leaves

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

Videos:

  1. Drawing Leaves – Part 1 – 24 minutes
  2. Drawing Leaves in Color – Part 2 – 23 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Drawing Leaves
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Lesson 4

Drawing a Citrus Fruit in Color

Draw the large round yellow to orange form of a citrus fruit and then create a composition with cross sections and cut pieces of a citrus fruit.

Videos:

  1. Drawing a Citrus Fruit in Color – Part 1 – 13 minutes
  2. Drawing a Citrus Fruit in Color – Part 2 – 13 minutes
  3. Creating Shine on a Citrus Fruit – 4 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Drawing Citrus Fruit
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Lesson 5

Understanding Flowers

Identify different flower shapestake apart flowers, study their reproductive parts. Learn basic perspective of flowers and how to measure accurately.

Videos:

  1. Understanding a Flower: Making an Herbarium Page – 26 minutes
  2. Understanding a Flower: Making a Study Page – 1 hour
  3. Understanding a Flower: Drawing a Daffodil – 42 minutes
  4. Drawing a Tubular White Flower – 30 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Understanding a Flower: Form and Function
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Lesson 6

Drawing Roses

Draw a rose in color, from a bud to an open flower.  Progress to a more complex flower with multiple petals and dramatic light source using a cup as a model.

Videos:

  1. Drawing a Rosebud in Color – Part 1 – 20 minutes
  2. Drawing a Rosebud in Color – Part 2 – 1 hour 7 minutes
  3. Drawing a Rose in Color – 38 minutes
  4. Blooming Rose Time lapse Video – 35 seconds
  5. Comparing Roses and Peonies – 4 minutes
  6. Rolling Petals, sensitive line and feathering tones – 10 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Understanding Roses
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Lesson 7

Plant Exploration

Study and draw plants outside in the garden. Learn perspective techniques for measuring a disc flower such as a daisy.

Videos:

  1. Drawing Outdoors – 15 minutes
  2. Measuring a Flower in Perspective – 16 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Plant Exploration
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Lesson 8

Identifying Plant Families

Identify and draw plants by families to gain understanding of plant patterns. Learn to recognize similarities in plants in the same family using the nine plant families worksheet that includes over 75,000 plant species.

Videos:

  1. Botany in a Day – The Pattern Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J. Elpel – 46 minutes
  2. Identifying Plant Families – 22 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Identifying Plant Families
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Lesson 9

Drawing Roots

Learn to draw the complex overlapping of roots, embossing techniques, and add a soil background.

Videos:

  1. Drawing Roots – 28 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Drawing Roots
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Lesson 10

Creating a Composition

Discover the elements that make up a composition and learn some methods to help you plan a composition of a root or bulb.

Videos:

  1. Creating a Composition– 18 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Creating a Composition
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Lesson 11

Color Theory

Explore basic color theory, Color Bias Theory and color matching and mixing.

Videos:

  1. Introduction to Color Theory – 35 minutes
  2. Color Matching and Mixing – 45 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Color Theory
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Lesson 12

Creating a Botanical Illustration

Plan a botanical composition with several plant components to possibly use as a holiday or harvest card or print.

This lesson includes bonus footage of world-renowned contemporary botanical artists and insight into how they plan a composition!

Videos:

  1. End of the Year – 5 minutes
  2. Creating a Botanical Illustration – 25 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Creating a Botanical Illustration
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Lesson 13

Drawing a Water Drop

Draw water drops using a simple formula.

Videos:

  1. Drawing a Water Drop – 16 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Drawing a Water Drop
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Lesson 14

Drawing a Pine Cone in Color

Study complex spiral patterns on pine cones and learn a method for drawing them. Tone with light source and add color.

Videos:

  1. Drawing a Pine Cone – 12 minutes

PDFs to Download:

  1. Drawing a Pine Cone in Color
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