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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day 5 - A Drawing a Day

Drawing on the Masters
 Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace if you will.
Susan Avishai
Graphite contour, Vanessa Martin

"I am preparing to give a friend, who recently lost (cat died) one of her cats in this illustration, a graphite painting of both of her cats from a picture I have. To warm up I did several blind contour drawings of the images in the photograph so I could loosen up. The photograph is very portrait like, this exercise allowed me to feel the cats lines and start to get a sense of their personalities before I dive into the final drawing. Thank you for letting me share." Vanessa Martin

New Image:

Hawkmoth, graphite on paper, Susan Rubin

"This sketch of a hawkmoth ended up including a sketch of the paper and pushpin.  I loved the perforated edge!  It then became part of something bigger and more interesting.  The hawkmoth was a little uncooperative, getting up and leaving after a short modeling session." Susan Rubin

How About: : Make a contour drawing in graphite. Find the edges that are important to you.

For inspiration, take a look at Terry Miller's beautiful work HERE. His website shares a lot of thoughts about how he gets to where he's going, and you'll see a lot of good shading for form in his work, not to mention great edges.

Click HERE to send your drawing scans to share.

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