Part 1 Graphite
In the Graphite part of the course, you will complete the following:
1. Line and Tone Drawing, exercises 1-7 (open) deadline 30th August
2. Creating a Study Page -deadline 30th September
3. Composition and the Final Graphite Botanical Illustration 30th November
Please begin by working through the various parts of the course by clicking on the links on this page as instructed. Links will become available as you progress. Use the video clips below to help you.
Start with Part 1 ' Line and Tone' exercises. This part of the course will introduce you to some basic drawing and the tonal techniques. It should take around 3 weeks to complete the exercises.
The deadline for students starting July 30 submission for exercises 1-7 is 28th August 2019
When you have finished exercises 1-7, email to
While you are waiting for feedback undertake the Supplementary Drawing Perspective Exercises. Do not submit these exercises as they are intended as practice for Part 2 Creating a Study Page.
By the end of August you should also start to think about Choosing a Plant for your Study Page and Final Drawing. This plant will need to last for several weeks so choose wisely!
Part 2 Creating a Study Page
In this part of the course you will choose a plant and complete some research before drawing a study page.
Submissions may be made no earlier than the 21st September and the deadline is 30th September, however, I am extending this deadline by one week for those who may need it, so work should submitted no later than October 7th. It is advisable to use the same plant or type of plant for the final drawing so do not spent too long on this activity.
When you have completed the 3 exercises for part 2, email them to me as jpegs, as for Part 1. Choose you plant carefully!
The Final Graphite Assignment
Once you have completed Part 2, the study page, carry out the exercises in Composition: Final Graphite Preparation. Once you have decided on your final Composition, email it to me for advice before commencing with the Final Drawing Assignment in Part 3. The deadline for the final graphite work is November 30th.. Work submitted by the deadline will be assessed in around three weeks following the deadline.
All assignments should be emailed to:
Videos for Part 1. up to exercise 7
Continuous Tone in detail Part 1 of Gardenia Leaf Drawing
Supporting Videos for Study Page, Composition and Final Graphite
Click the image above to see a video of the stages of a tonal drawing of Tulipa acuminata