New! Tutorials: Building Skills!
Do you want to learn about specific topics and techniques or supplement your learning by developing your skills. Botanical Art Online has a new range of affordable tutorials that may be just what you are looking for. These non-assessed mini modules are, delivered a via dedicated web pages with video tutorials and written tutorials with downloadable PDF documents.
NEW for 2020
I've been overwhelmed by the popularity of Watercolour Techniques and Colour mixing, so much so that I've decide to launch a whole new range of Tutorials for the new year. this has lead to a little delay in the Drawing Tutorial, so thank you for being so patient! the site should be updated very soon.
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Tutorial 1: Watercolour and Dry Brush Techniques
Available now: Cost £55
Do you struggle with patchy washes, ragged or hard edges, heavy flat paint or 'cauliflowering' effects?
Are you unsure about what dry brush techniques actually are and when and where to use them?
Perhaps you find it difficult to create any form and your painting is flat, lacking depth and saturation and doesn't really pop off the page as you'd like it to?
Maybe you simply want to brush up on your watercolour techniques, learn new ones or to supplement learning?
If any of the above apply to you then this could be just what you are looking for.
This non-assessed comprehensive tutorial provides simple guidance and instruction on the essential watercolour techniques used in botanical art. The same techniques can also be applied to many other natural history subjects too, such as insects and shells. The tutorial has 12 short instructional videos on various watercolour techniques including all of the washes and dry brush techniques as well as troubleshooting problems. In addition the demonstrations include topics such as creating and maintaining highlights, and crisp or soft edges are 2 longer videos showing how to put those techniques into practice by breaking the process down into a simple step-by-step approaches in a painting of small subjects, such as petals, leaves and fruits.
The tutorial can be completed in your own time because there is no assessment
Suitable for all levels from complete beginners.
When you sign up you will receive a password to access the web page on the start date
Tutorial 2: Colour Mixing, Using the Primary Palette
cost £55 Available Now
Do you struggle with matching the colours found in nature and with understanding how primary colour mixing works?
Perhaps you find it hard to understand what mixes to use for shade colours?
Maybe you can't understand why you white and yellow flowers look dirty?
Or maybe you just can't achieve the vibrant colours in your reds, purples and other vibrants?
Do your greens look the same or are the just lacklustre and flat?
if you want to gain a better understanding of colour and how to use it in practice this tutorial can help you. Learn about colour theory and colour mixing as well as my own approach and palette choice, using primary colours.
As well as the basic colour wheel system, with complementary, harmonious and analogous colours etc. I've included practical demonstrations in 12 videos and written this tutorial to include my own favourite colour topics, which specifically relate to botanical painting, including:
Mixing with a primary palette
My green and brown mixing system: using the light value of blue as the predictor colour
Why White isn't really White: soft and high light value colours
Keep it Clean, avoiding the dreaded 'botanical' grey and muddy mixes
Hot and Cold: colour temperature and why it's all relative
Yellow, Orange and Red! How to keep it bright
The dark side of the values: Black Mixes
Neutral Tint: Painting tints and shades
Seeing colour and tricks of the eye: Using underlying colours
This tutorial includes: two downloadable PDF documents with over 10 exercises and 12 accompanying videos, showing how to make colour charts, wheels and paintings of actual subjects using different colours.
Tutorial 3: Graphite: Perspective Drawing and Creating Form
Cost £55 Available soon. Available shortly
Is perspective a mystery to you and do you find it difficult to achieve believable 3 dimensional drawings?
If so this tutorial might provide just what yo need.
Learn to make line drawings of leaves, flowers using perspective
Understand the importance of good lighting on your subjects
Create form in your drawings using light and shade with graphite
Learn the various graphite and ink techniques used for shading
Tutorial 4: Painting Feathers
Cost £55 Coming soon
Wh doesn't want to draw and paint feathers?
Capture the different textures from the shiny irridescent surfaces and those lovely floaty parts
This mini tutorial will teach you about the structure of feathers and will show you how to draw and paint then on paper and vellum with beautiful soft results.
Tutorial 5: Drawing More Complex Forms
Cost £55 Available Jan 2020
In a tangle with roots, confuses by cones and Fibonacci or maybe you just lost your way with a flower centre or multi petalled flower
This tutorial will help you to break down those complex forms in to achievable subjects. With no complicated math!
Tutorial 6: Achieving the Depth and Detail in Botanical Watercolours: Rich colours and textures
Cost £55 Available January 2020
this is a great tutorial to follow up the Techniques and watercolour mixing. It extends the subjects with more advanced colour theory and techniques in a number of subjects.