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Friday, August 18, 2017

Color with Pencil and Brush

Gala apple with its gamut by Deanna Gammon, colored pencil

One of our regularly repeating elective offerings is following James Gurney's book Color and Light and focusing on botanical subject matter. The students learn about limited color palettes and gamut mapping. This method is found to be effective and helpful in Botanical illustration. See more images from this class by clicking here.
During the summer we have also completed several other classes both in watercolor and colored pencil. You can see some random examples of them in the BI-Facebook album Color with Pencil and Brush.
 Watercolor by Karey Swan 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lichens Discovered through Colored Pencils!

David Morrison's work in-progress and the subject matter to the left with some colored pencils

David Morrison is a professor of art at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. We had a pleasure to enjoy his tutoring over the past weekend. The students were thrilled to learn new methods applied with colored pencils mixed with watercolor pencils.
You can see work from this workshop by clicking here.
For this work magnifiers were needed!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Botanical Illustration in the Prime Vacation Time

Entry Level Pen and Ink by Janet Bell

In spite of the summer and vacation times our teaching schedule continues in the Hibiscus-classroom. Please keep in mind the availability of the spectacular specimens for your botanical drawings during summer and browse our summer/fall catalog for suitable classes. The online registration can be found by clicking here.

You can see more works from our recently completed entry level classes by clicking here. Even though our elective class' selection changes and is more season oriented, our required core classes repeat regularly throughout the year and you can begin learning anytime. 



Entry Level Graphite by Morgan Williams

Story of the 5 cherries by Valerie Teska, colored pencil. 
This plate is from the regularly offered Realism in Botanical Illustration class (more from this class shortly in its own post)