Hi there, how are you?
Recently I have been taking a course on botanical drawing, yeees, it was a free course open for only a few weeks and for a “small fee” a certificate is available (should I even pass the course that is.)
I’m not looking for a certificate but I thought it would be interesting to try their taster course to test myself more than any thing else, see how far I could get.
First week tonal exercises, links were given to a bunch of Youtube videos teaching how to use different hardness/softness of graphite pencils and basic tonal exercises. I followed the instructions of several videos and this is what I came out with, it was quite interesting and enjoyable, probably something I should do a lot more often.
Second week Oooof, more videos to watch and then go and “draw” a landscape. I tried to start this several times after procrastinating loads; landscapes are hard enough in watercolour with nice washy backgrounds and skies but pencil! Finally I sat myself down, gave myself a good talking to and decided if I was doing the course I should do it properly and hand the work in no matter how bad.
I chose a photo of a tree trunk I had taken in some woods a while ago (see top drawing) because I liked the way the roots grew. Doing this kind of thing out in the field would take way too long. To be fair I don’t hate it and there is a good amount of shading and tone in the pencil so I’m patting myself for this one. I still have another homework to hand in for this week but I spent so long worrying myself about the first on that I’m a bit behind, no matter I’ll soon catch up hopefully.
If you want to learn something you have to push yourself to keep going forward and though this course is way out of my comfort zone and I am way, way out of my skill set I am learning and learning is always a good thing.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x