Monday, February 1, 2010

Beautiful Botanicals, Chapter One

This week's assignments includes reading Chapter One of Beautiful Botanicals, Basic Form and Perspective. Here are the key points of the chapter:

  • A light introduction to botanical anatomy.
  • A nice presentation on perspective and foreshortening with examples of flowers and twigs.
  • A couple of tips on composition--overlapping rather that tangent leaf edges, and the avoidance of converging lines.
  • Checking placement with gridlines and negative space.
  • Building good arrangements by:

    • Avoiding evenly spaced, straight up verticals. Use asymmetrical positioning.
    • Mixing textures for contrast.
    • Using depth in placement to add dimensionality.

Okay, that's it for now. It's time to do up some blind contour drawing. I've tried a bit of this in the past but missed the important point of taking my time. I'd been buzzing through a sketch in seconds instead of working along slowly. More soon...

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