While with watercolor I came to the conclusion that I am not interested in photorealistic rendering and I'm happy with more loose, suggestive recordings, for which any paper, brush or watercolour will do, with ink I'm still searching for the best ink, nib and paper. By "best" I mean the perfect equilibrium between the quality … Continue reading Drawing with Dip Pen and Ink. Materials
These days my creative work is divided between Botanical Portraits and the Botanical Journal.Drawing portraits of plants is mostly about beauty and art. Using old masters techniques and translating them into what I think I can call already my own handwriting, I try to capture the essence, the graceful movement, the perfection I see in … Continue reading Between Art and Science
I came across this Geastrum (earthstar) mushroom in a coniferous forest by the end of November. Geastrum is a species of inedible and saprophage fungus, it obtain its nutrients by decomposing green matter. The fruit body develops at first underground (hypogeous) in the form of a small ball. As it matures, it pushes up through … Continue reading Drawing and Painting a Geastrum Mushroom in my Botanical Journal
I uploaded a new class on my Patreon on how to draw a Physalis fruit with fruit with sanguine on red prepared paper. The method was largely used by the old renaissance masters and most of the botanical masterpieces of Leonardo are made by this red-on-red technique. Sanguine, a soft stone with a high content … Continue reading How to Draw Botanical Art like Leonardo da Vinci – Video Tutorial
“When, Oh draftsmen, you desire to find relaxation in games you should always practice such things as may be of use in your profession, by giving your eye good practice in judging accurately of the breadth and length of objects. Thus, to accustom your mind to such things, let one of you draw a straight line...