Illustration

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors

Artist and illustrator Luli Reis shares the artists who inspire her botanical watercolors

Exploring the textures, contrasts, colors, and shapes present in nature can be an infinite source of inspiration.

This almost infinite universe is where the visual artist and illustrator Luli Reis (@lulireis) finds references for her expressive watercolor compositions, illustrations full of color, and movements that can only be found in nature.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 0
Jenna Rainey is the author of several books on watercolor.
Some of Luli Reis' projects.

To inspire your next creations, Luli shares ten artists and designers who influence her work and share the love and admiration she feels for botanical life. Check out their work!

Angela Mckay

@ohkiistudio

Angela is an illustrator and pattern designer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She creates beautiful and complex illustrations full of elements that complement each other, resulting in a balanced final work that is always connected to nature.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 3
Angela McKay creates beautiful and complex illustrations.

Anna Mason

@annamasonart

Anna was one of the first artists Luli Reis met in the field of botanical watercolor. Her work dazzles with its extraordinary realism.

Of course, her inspiration is born from nature, from sunlight, and from the infinite colors she finds.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 5
Anna Mason's work is extremely realistic.

Billy Showell

@billy_showell

Billy is one of the most famous botanical art illustrators globally and has had a big impact on Luli. Although his training is in fashion, he decided to follow his passion for painting and illustration.

His work is impressive, with unusual and fluid compositions. Besides, he is the president of England's Society of Botanical Artists.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 7
Billy Showell creates unusual and fluid compositions.

Irene Meniconi

@irenemeniconi_fineart

Irene Meniconi, born in Florence, has always seen nature as an element of inspiration for her artistic endeavors. She makes outstanding illustrations with bold strokes and fluid colors.

She has worked with publishers and interior design studios. She has also dabbled in fashion or food and wine. A reference in many fields!

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 9
Irene Meniconi combines watercolor with bold pen strokes.

Isabel Mischka

@isabelmischka

Extraordinarily detailed and skillful with the brush, Luli is a great admirer of Isabel's fruit watercolors. Her paintings range from expressive contemporary art to scientific illustrations, always featuring intense colors and a high detail level.

Isabel also likes to illustrate common plants to highlight the beauty that we sometimes take for granted.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 11
Isabel Mischka's work ranges from expressive contemporary art to scientific illustrations.

Isabela Quintes

@isabela.quintes

Isabela (@isabelaquintes) is a self-taught Brazilian artist who managed to turn her love for illustration into a profession. Today, she sells her works and collaborates with different brands. Her style revolves around beautiful minimalist botanical illustrations that always manage to surprise.

She also teaches how to create patterns from watercolor illustrations and apply them to print any object in the Domestika course Botanical Watercolor for Patterns.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 13
Isabela Quintes makes minimalist botanical illustrations.

Jenna Rainey

@jennarainey

Jenna, illustrator, designer, and author of many books about watercolor, makes beautiful illustrations. She also has a YouTube channel where she talks about watercolor and all its nuances.

Jenny K (Living Pattern)

@livingpattern

Jenny draws her illustrations using color blocks that portray the beauty and simplicity of the natural world. Luli likes the way she creates patterns with stamps and simple shapes.

She has also worked on projects for major brands, such as Adidas, Urban Outfitters, and Refinery29.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 17
Jenny K creates patterns with stamps and shapes.

Karolina York

@karolinayork

This print studio works with patterns based on paintings and handmade designs, each more surprising than the other.

The patterns range from classic designs to feminine florals or bohemian prints.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 19
Karolina York's studio design patterns, based on paintings and handmade drawings.

Louise De Masi

@louisedemasi

Louise has mastered how to apply water to create beautiful textures. This is the key feature of her work, where she shows her keen eye for the minor details of flowers and plants.

Without a doubt, she is an excellent reference when it comes to combining colors and shadows to give volume to a watercolor illustration.

10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors 21
Louise De Masi has a good eye for the detail of flowers and plants in general.

Do you like these illustrators? If you want to learn how to create a botanical plate from the shapes, colors, and textures of plants with Luli Reis, check out the Domestika course Botanical Watercolor: Illustrate the Anatomy of Flowers.

English version by @angeljimenez

You may also like:

- Watercolor Tutorial: Basic Mark-Making Techniques
- Watercolor Tutorial: Paint a Leaf, Step-by-Step
- What Is Watercolor Painting, and What Materials Do You Need to Start?

0 comments

Log in or sign up to comment

Get Domestika's news delivered to your inbox