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Drawing Essentials: Inspired By Nature

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Improve your drawing skills as you capture the beauty of nature.

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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 Kathleen McKeehen
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Capture the textures, form and details of organic objects with confidence! Find out how to draw plants with lessons from botanical artist Kathleen McKeehen. Start by applying simple measurement and transfer methods to draw a deeply detailed leaf. Next, illustrate a mushroom while you discover how to depict round objects with accurate perspective and form. Learn to mimic the play of light on a round form as you draw an onion. Then, build valuable shading skills as you sketch a smooth, shiny bell pepper. Layer realistic surface textures while using crosshatching, stippling and continuous tone shading to recreate a beet's rough skin. Plus, render a rose petal with delicate form and shading so drawing a finely detailed flower isn't daunting.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started With Line Drawing
Meet scientific illustrator Kathleen McKeehen, and start learning the essential skills needed to accurately capture the natural world around you. With Kathleen's guidance, discover how to truly observe your subject as you refine a series of contour drawings. You'll be amazed by the realistic results!
2. Line Drawings of Complex Shapes
3. Line Drawings of Round Shapes
4. Create Form With Shading
5. Shading Shiny Subjects
6. Drawing Texture
7. Drawing Delicate Subjects

Taught by

Kathleen  McKeehen
Kathleen McKeehen
Kathleen graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz's program in natural science illustration and interned at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England. She has illustrated for museum exhibits, magazines, children's books and educational materials. Her work has been featured in juried shows around the country and in Canada. Kathleen has taught her techniques at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Gage Academy in Seattle and now on Craftsy.

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