Painting Monstera Leaves
Leaves can be one of the most intimidating part of painting for new botanical artists. In fact, compared to flowers, almost any leaf has a typical characteristic that is relatively similar with each other. Once you gain the insights by painting a leaf from life, it will be easier to depict other leaves next time. What’s more, you will learn using the tricky masking fluid to spare the veins and the holes while painting the blade of Monstera leaf more easily.
In this workshop you will learn:
-A quick introduction to the structure of the leaf and to identify its key features, such as shape, margin, tip and venation
-Watercolour basic introduction, incl. choosing paper that suits different purpose, how to handle, control dan take care brushes, pigments and how to pick the right colours
-Understanding the relation between light and shadow as they define the dimension.
-Learning how to use 2 brushes à la Eunike Nugroho
-Learning how to mix colours
-Quick, shortcutting sketching from life
-Transferring a sketch to watercolour paper
-Learning how to apply masking fluid without ruining brushes and paper
-Understanding timing, stages of paper wetness and balancing wetness between paper, brush and paint to achieve desired effect
-Practising wet on wet technique
-Learning how to lift up paints for creating highlights, removing mistakes and hard edges
-Layering to achieve a convincing 3D painting
Eunike Nugroho (@inikeke) is an illustrator and artist based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her long time passion for botanical art and natural history illustration was developed through a long encounter with botanical societies in the UK. One of her works on a species of Indonesian native orchid is selected as a permanent collection in the prestigious Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh, US
The workshop fee covers the following:
Carefully curated workshop kit which includes:
- ∙ 2 red sable watercolour brushes
- ∙ 1 Arches hot press watercolour paper
- ∙ Winsor & Newton watercolour
- ∙ Please bring your own clean palette
- ∙ (Optional) To bring neutral/daylight table lamp
∙ After the payment is made, please send a copy of your deposit slip to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can confirm your slot.
∙ Classes are kept small (max. 10 participants) in order to allow hands-on instruction. Make sure you register soon to secure your spot!
∙ *All confirmed/paid slots are non-refundable, but are transferable. Just inform us at least 1 week before the workshop date so we can arrange a transfer.
∙ Reserved/unpaid slots will be released if the payment is not made within 3 days.
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