Online Class

Botanical Illustration

With Watercolor & Colored Pencils
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Discover essential techniques to create beautiful botanical illustrations!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Adele Rossetti

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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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. The Black & White Value Study
4. Painting the Leaves
5. Painting the Flowers
6. Finishing Your Botanical Illustration
7. Flower Variation Techniques

Taught by

Adele Rossetti
Adele Rossetti
Adele Rossetti’s botanical illustrations and paintings have been widely published and exhibited, winning awards from the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Royal Horticultural Society of the UK and the Hunt Institute. Adele taught color theory and scientific illustration at the Pratt Institute for more than a decade, and continues to teach privately and at the New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

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