Drawing from Nature
This winter break I went to the beach with my family. We go to San Blas every other year to spend new year eve. Its a 6 hour drive from where I live so I downloaded several skillshare clases to watch on the road.
One of the classes I took was:
This class is for those who are curious to expand your visual vocabulary on the subject of plants and leaves. We will…skl.sh
The title of the class caught my eye since I am very interested in finding my unique visual style. Plus, I always carry a passport sized notebook with me for the same purpose: to grow my visual library. The instructor, Marie-Noelle Wurm, is very energetic and eloquent. If you want to learn a great technique to classify and organize a visual library I would highly recommend this class.
San Blas is one of the biggest mangrove swamps in Mexico, the vegetation is vast and beautiful (there are also millions of mosquitos, and crocodiles). I took my notebook and a brush pen to the beach and started coping and analyzing the leafs around me (fig. 1).
I had also taken a digital painting class by Marta Beck so I could take advantage of my new toys an ipad and the procreate app.
Floral design is a timeless art that will always be in style. Have you ever seen such floral designs and wished you…skl.sh
So I decided to combine a few of the leafs and flowers from the beach to create this digital illustration (fig. 2)
It was a fun exercise and I’m really happy with the results. I will continue to draw schematic representations of leafs, flowers and other objects to grow my visual vocabulary and to create beautiful compositions that I can later use as prints.