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New Materials for the Botanical Illustration Course: August 2023 presentation

The Botanical Illustration online course has undergone a make over with three brand new sections added for the August presentation 2023. This course has been running for over 10 years and now has its own dedicated website, so there's plenty of room to add more!

It now includes a whole section on dissections and scaling, including access to a new

image library called 'Making the Cut: The Dissection'. I've even included a little introduction to floral diagrams too for those curious about them.

There's a section on overlapping parts, titled 'Depth Separation and Distance' because that can create much confusion.

Finally there's the 'Below Ground' section, dealing with roots, tubers and bulbs etc. I've added these sections as I find they are areas that students often struggle with.

The core parts of the course on graphite and watercolour remain but are enhanced with some new techniques and new supplementary exercises creating a page of leaves, flowers and stems study pages, so that you can get to grips with the diversity of plant parts.

I'll also be adding a few new short video stories on some of my current work too which may be of interest to students to see how I work in the studio when dealing with deadines, composing and organising my work.

So if you want to delve into the world of botanical illustration, why not take a look at the course and check out some previous student work in the Student Stories and Gallery.

Sketchbook Advice: what to include and why

Dissections: Identifying the parts and where to make the cut

Depth and Separation: Using light, saturation and ariel perspective

In this years course, you'll be asked to illustrate a page of different leaves, and will have a variety video of resources to guide you. There will also be the same exercise on flowers and stems.... which are often overlooked

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