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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day 4 - A Drawing a Day

 Drawing on the Masters
Drawing is the 'bones' of art. You have to be able to walk before you can run.
Dion Archibald
Click HERE to see a great book, Notes on Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters, with examples of using highlight and lowlight shadings on colored paper to good effect.

Note the use of toned paper, white and dark marks.

Study, colored pencil on black paper, Annie Reiser

"Just today I prepared this exercise for my Luiz Melendez still life class at the Gardens. We are working on black and I wanted to show how well black works with reflective surfaces like glass and silver. I sketched a contour from one of Melendez's beautiful paintings and quickly worked it up in CP on black. Unfortunately, I didn't have
the time to show what is reflecting on the silver plate and in the glass -
but it relays the message I think." Annie Reiser

How About: Try your hand using colored or toned papers. As you can see, you can great drama, action and light in a drawing very quickly, using the paper color or tone as your foil.

New Image! This is from Connie Sayas, and is a leaf study; the steps in painting a geranium leaf in watercolor. She says it's more than a drawing, but you can see the drawing process at the beginning in the first leaf, with some color applied, and then the progression to a finished, and beautiful, geranium leaf. You can see more of Connie's finished works HERE.


Click HERE to send your drawing scans to share.

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