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with Adele Rossetti
Online Class

Botanical Illustration

With Watercolor & Colored Pencils
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Learn how to draw botanical illustrations as you capture the incredible beauty of flowers and plants in intricate detail! Illustrate a stunning orchid as award-winning artist Adele Rossetti shows you how to achieve lifelike accuracy with ease. Explore the structure of plants before learning how to create a proportional outline sketch, and discover Adele's clever trick for conquering perspective challenges. Transform your drawing from flat to fully dimensional using value shifts to build form and volume. Then, master color-mixing, vibrant watercolor washes and soft, seamless blends as you paint the leaves and petals of your plant. Use colored pencils to refine your painting with rich texture and contrast, and learn Adele's inspiring tips for creating a gorgeous garden of floral variations.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h4m

Included in this Class

1. Beginning the Basic Drawing

1. Beginning the Basic Drawing

Meet your instructor, professor and botanical artist Adele Rossetti, as you dive into a colorful marriage of botany and art. You'll start by studying the basic structure of flowers and selecting a reference photo to use throughout the class. Next, Adele shows you how to create a grid and block in spaces for your flower structures.

2. Finishing the Basic Outline in Graphite

2. Finishing the Basic Outline in Graphite

Build upon the major forms you created in the prior lesson as you start to develop the significant geometric shapes in your drawing. Adele shares valuable tips for capturing the proper dimension and perspective of your plants, as well as how to train your eye to recreate shapes and lines with precision.

3. The Black & White Value Study

3. The Black & White Value Study

Put the finishing touches on your graphite study and transfer it to create a beautiful monochromatic underpainting. Adele walks you through the best methods for mixing a neutral watercolor hue that will help you build out the chiaroscuro qualities of your painting.