The assumption is that the advanced botanical illustration student is proficient in drawing but there is always room to practice and learn a little more. The drawing and techniques based modules are not assessed but merely intended to support your portfolio work.


The primary aim of drawing in botanical illustration is to create clean and clear illustrations, which can be in pencil or ink. The drawing should have no areas that are confused and the viewer should be able to understand what they are looking at. 

Drawings can be produced using line, tone or a combination of both, so lets begin with the basic skill of line drawing. this is often assumed to be the simplest for of illustration but can actually be the most challenging. 

We shall begin by looking at some Botanical llustration drawings 

In the dissection module you created drawings in line with pencil or ink.

before producing a 

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