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Botanical Illustration

With Watercolor & Colored Pencils

with Adele Rossetti
Discover essential techniques to create beautiful botanical illustrations!

Learn how to draw botanical illustrations as you capture the incredible beauty of flowers and plants in intricate detail! Illustrate a stunning orchid as award-winning artist Adele Rossetti shows you how to achieve lifelike accuracy with ease. Explore the structure of plants before learning how to create a proportional outline sketch, and discover Adele's clever trick for conquering perspective challenges. Transform your drawing from flat to fully dimensional using value shifts to build form and volume. Then, master color-mixing, vibrant watercolor washes and soft, seamless blends as you paint the leaves and petals of your plant. Use colored pencils to refine your painting with rich texture and contrast, and learn Adele's inspiring tips for creating a gorgeous garden of floral variations. 

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Lesson 1. Beginning the Basic Drawing

  • Meet your instructor, professor and botanical artist Adele Rossetti, as you dive into a colorful marriage of botany and art. You'll start by studying the basic structure of flowers and selecting a reference photo to use throughout the class. Next, Adele shows you how to create a grid and block in spaces for your flower structures.


Lesson 2. Finishing the Basic Outline in Graphite


Lesson 3. The Black & White Value Study


Lesson 4. Painting the Leaves


Lesson 5. Painting the Flowers


Lesson 6. Finishing Your Botanical Illustration


Lesson 7. Flower Variation Techniques

“This class is for the more experienced painter who wants a challenge. Floral illustration is exacting and the results are accurate as well as beautiful. I got a lot of good information about making my paintings more realistic.”
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