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Online Class

Illustrated Nature Journaling

$39.99

Make illustration more like a fun, relaxing stroll through nature. Use simple techniques to capture the beauty of the outdoors.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Gay Kraeger
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Learn sketching and watercolor techniques for illustrated nature journaling alongside artist and instructor Gay Kraeger. Start class by loosening up with gesture sketches, blind contour drawing and watercolor washes. Next, use common household items to transform watercolors into lifelike textures for trees, clouds, waves, rocks and more. Break down landscapes further with tips for layering watercolors to develop a sense of distance. Then, discover how ink can bring eye-catching dimension and drama to your work. Move on to methods for depicting waterscapes with greater confidence and realism. Ready for your illustrations to soar? Learn to draw birds on the wing with accessible skills. Plus, you'll learn lettering techniques for more meaningful finished sketches.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Keep It Simple to Start
21:41
Meet artist Gay Kraeger and begin your journaling adventure. Gay shows how to banish those first-page jitters by creating your own loose-leaf pages. Then you'll head into the field to practice some simple sketching techniques and adding watercolor washes.
2. Create Landscape Elements Quickly
29:13
3. Capturing a Landscape
19:42
4. Adding Depth & Drama With Ink
13:33
5. Capture Beauty & Drama of Water
27:38
6. Capturing Action: Drawing Birds
11:57
7. Tie It Together With Typography
15:46

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser
  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes

Taught by

Gay Kraeger
Gay Kraeger
A childhood love of drawing led Gay Kraeger to major in art and earn a degree in graphic design from San Jose State University. After graduation, she worked as a production artist for a number of years. Gay began keeping an illustrated journal 20 years ago and started teaching illustrating journaling in 1996. In 2004, she started an interpretive design firm with her neighbor, and they've now created more than 400 wayside panels for trails and visitor centers in state and local parks and beaches.

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