Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Drawing a Day

Delphinium, a graphite drawing in progress, by Karla Beatty
This drawing ably illustrates the versatility of graphite, from outline to full rendered drawing. Even local color can be represented with varying tones of gray, which can be achieved in layers using one hardness of graphite, or more comfortably, using several hardnesses of graphite.
There are a lot tutorials for graphite work on line, but one of the best artists in graphite, who resides locally but exhibits internationally, is J. D. Hillberry. His graphite works are so convincing they seem 3-dimensional. Want to see how he does it? Click here:
Graphite is perfect for creating form studies and form itself. It can be used under watercolor and colored pencil. Try out this versatile medium, which comes in handy wood barrels or in bare sticks of pure graphite. Yours to explore. 

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