Our first Short Course – Introduction to Illustration commenced on Saturday, 30th August.
The weather has been giving our illustration courses a bit of the cold shoulder – Saturday was cold, again, after a wonderful week of sunshine and heat. But, we had our heater, blankets and some coffee and the illustration continued snugly and safely in our little studio space. Personally I think the weather was just jealous that it couldn’t join …
We started looking at watercolour as a medium, and how to apply it to the art of botanical illustration. This might sound like a strange place to start, but, looking at plants is a wonderful way to start changing your view “looking vs. seeing”.
We all know what a Protea looks like, right? Truth is, when you start really looking at the plant, I mean, really looking at it, you start to notice things you didn’t see before. The subtle change of the colours on the leaves, the vast variation between different shades of pink on ONE petal, the way it spirals in an almost mathematical fashion, and the the actual flowers, protected by pink and green leaves, have the finest, most minute detail that you could wonder at forever.
This was our starting point, and, as being an illustrator is all about finding out what the best way to communicate an idea, be it scientific or creative is, participants were asked to illustrate this Protea, using watercolour and pencil, in a way that they felt best communicated the essence of this plant.
I’ll post an update of finished products next week.
P.S. A massive thank you to Blossom, our local florist who so kindly provided us with these gorgeous flowers! She’s just down the road from us, her shop is cheerful and well worth a visit.