With the goal of creating accurate, yet vibrant depictions of living plants.
Approaches to botanical drawing we will explore:
Gesture – searching for the life force inherent in the subject. A quick study in which the artist looks to record what the subject is doing, to capture the essence, the verb within. Without this, the drawing will remain lifeless, inert.
Structure – searching for the basic shapes of the different elements of the subject, determining the arrangement of shapes, as well as its overall form and direction.
Layout – determining the composition of the drawing. May use a viewfinder to decide arrangement of spaces around the subject.
Observation –looking carefully, to learn how the plant is put together, to bring it to life on paper through two methods: Contour – slow, deeply observed lines which connect edges of surfaces. Looking for details which will help define the particular characteristics of the subject. Value – using cross hatching or stippling to enhance the sense of volume and form to a two-dimensional drawing.
Value – using cross hatching or stippling to enhance the sense of volume and form to a two-dimensional drawing.
Some Botanical Art Web Sources:
Some famous botanical artists through history:
Maria Sibylla Merian, German (1647 – 1717)
Pierre-Joseph Redouté, French (1766 – 1854)
Marianne North, English, (1830 – 1890)
Ernst Haeckel, German (1834 – 1919)