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:

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).

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.

So I decided to combine a few of the leafs and flowers from the beach to create this digital illustration (fig. 2)

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.

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