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.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Day 15 - A Drawing a Day

Drawing On the Masters
Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting... Drawing contains everything, except the hue.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Colorado box turtle, graphite and colored pencil on toned paper, by Libby Kyer. This is a study I did for a little turtle who is the star of a book I am illustrating. I probably did 30 drawings before I came up with this one, which has the face I was looking for. She's unique, but I used probably 100 photos of box turtles to find her.

How About: Draw a subject using photo references only. Then, draw the subject from a live specimen. How do they differ? Did you use the same materials, or did one or the other reference group inspire you more? Can you tell that from the finished product? Drawing is more about you than the subject. It finds your take on a given object or scene. A close look at your drawings can give you tangible hints about what matters to you, and where your style lies.

Here's a book with more plein air work, drawing with watercolor, creating strong contours before or after color is laid in. A travel sketchbook is one of my favorite things, allowing me to keep in touch with my art even as I snap literally hundreds of photos to take home. Nothing beats a drawing done from life!

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