This is one of my favourite flowers and this is due in part to the beautiful botanical illustration of Arthur Harry Church representing a cross-section of the flower and showing the grace of its curved filaments. So often an exceptional botanical illustration made me pay more attention to a botanical subject, which I would otherwise … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 5. Geranium phaeum
How to Draw Flowers like Leonardo da Vinci
Even though they are impressive, the botanical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci are not highly publicized. Partly because there are only few of them and partly because, in the spirit of that time, they were conceived as preliminary sketches for paintings, and not as drawings in themselves or as in-depth botanical studies. In fact, not … Continue reading How to Draw Flowers like Leonardo da Vinci
Drawing and Painting a Geastrum Mushroom in my Botanical Journal
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
How to Draw Botanical Art like the Old Masters – Video Tutorial
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 the Old Masters – Video Tutorial
Of Games to be Played by Those who Draw
“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...
How to draw a cluster of flowers – step by step
How to draw a cluster of flowers (umbel inflorescence): Step 1 - Draw...
Passiflora leaf geometry - Sanguine and ink on recycled paper.
Ink study of knapweed after Ruskin
“All drawing depends, primarily, on your power of representing Roundness. If you can once do that, all the rest is easy and straightforward; if you cannot do that, nothing else that you may be able to do will be of any use. For Nature is all made up of roundnesses; not the roundness of perfect … Continue reading Ink study of knapweed after Ruskin