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.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Get Your Sketch ON!

Springtime is a good time to sketch, and inside or outside, sketching informs our finished artworks by teaching us how to see differently, observe carefully, figure out light on form, and test new techniques to solve problems. You can get good results with limited materials. The images below by Frank Merrem use graphite, sepia pencil, and white pencil on white and brown papers. Lots of variety and pop here. Frank is having some fun with these sketches. He tells us:
"Some in Black & White on Brown Paper and some Graphite on White Paper. Nothing great, lots of fun. I'm really enjoying the B&W on brown."
Here are some of his works:

Sphere exploring light changes in a very graphic way.
The pictures below are Frank's, and sadly, we can't get them to present in proper rotation. So, please tip your head to see these neat sketches.
Vase and glass on brown paper, using white and black pencil
Leaf on vine, using white and black pencil on brown paper
Study of sunflower petals radiation patterns, using black, gray and brown pencil on white paper
Detailed sunflower study in graphite on white paper
This cheerful fellow is white and black pencil on brown paper, and he proves that any subject is a good subject if you have a great time sketching. All the above images are by Frank Merrem.

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