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Botanical Sketchbooking: A Meditative Approach

A course by Lapin
Urban Sketcher. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined May 2020
, Urban Sketcher

Slow down and connect with nature by learning how to illustrate plants and flowers using watercolors

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Slow down and connect with nature by learning how to illustrate plants and flowers using watercolors

  • 97% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 56394 students
  • 24 lessons (5h 28m)
  • 12 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Slowing down and connecting with nature through botanical illustration is how urban sketcher and illustrator Lapin finds peace in the rush of everyday life. He believes drawing through observation is a great way to develop creativity and mindfulness. In this course, he guides you through his meditative illustration methods to create lush illustrations of the plants and flowers around you.

Discover a new way to relax using a sketchbook, some watercolors, and your favorite plants and flowers. Learn how to observe organic shapes and look at nature from a new perspective to create beautiful botanical compositions that capture the essence of your natural surroundings.

This is Lapin’s second sketching course. In his first course—Urban Sketching: Express Your World in a New Perspective—he teaches you how to depict everyday scenes from your neighborhood by showing you a variety of perspectives and ideas.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Line, Material and Green
  • U3
    U3. Observation and Meditation
  • U4
    U4. Composition and Pattern
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Lapin, learn about his work as an urban sketcher and illustrator, and see how he uses drawing as a meditation practice. Discover his artistic influences and get a summary of what Lapin has prepared for you, before delving into the practicals.

To start creating linework sketches, Lapin first teaches you how to observe and identify the geometric shapes of a plant. See how to draw your first plant leaf by leaf, following Lapin’s methodology for the contour work. Then, see some basic color techniques to create a green color chart.

Learn about the importance of drawing from direct observation to enhance your use of color and perspective. Next, add color and texture, create contrasts, and play with cold and warm tones to add strength to your artwork. Use similar techniques to draw a bright flower and finish the unit by sketching a cactus.

Explore compositional techniques by sketching the same flower day by day to observe how its colors and shapes evolve. Draw your flower from different angles to explore a range of perspectives. Finally, learn how to create a pattern with your illustrations in Photoshop and see how to apply it to textiles and other surfaces.

What is this course's project?

Create botanical sketches using a meditative illustration method.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for sketchers of all levels who would like to find a new way to unwind through botanical illustration.

Requirements and materials

To take this course you will need some flowers, plants, fineliners, a white gel ink pen, watercolors, and a sketchbook.


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A course by Lapin

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Urban Sketcher

Lapin is an urban sketcher based in Barcelona, Spain. As a young boy, he remembers accompanying his father—an airplane technician—to his workplace to draw planes and imagine their stories. His three passions remain the same to this day: aviation, paleontology, and drawing.

In 18 years, he has filled over 200 sketchbooks, published 30 books, and was named the official air and space painter for the French Army in 2019. He’s a member of the Urban Sketching Community since 2008 and teaches Illustration Masters students at Elisava in Barcelona, as well as his own urban sketching workshops. His clients include the French Army, Air France, the City of Barcelona, Le Parisien Magazine, PlayStation, Heineken, Marks & Spencer, Aigle, Peugeot, Porsche, and Formula One.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Line, Material and Green

    • Line Techniques: The Geometry of Plants
    • Line Techniques: Drawing Leaf by Leaf
    • The Materials
    • Colour Techniques: Create Your Greens
  • U3

    Observation and Meditation

    • Drawing from Observation: Line Work
    • Colour and Texture: Green
    • Colour and Texture: Bright Colours 1
    • Colour and Texture: Bright Colours 2
    • Colour and Texture: Bright Colours 3
    • Colour and Texture: Bright Colours 4
    • Colour and Texture: Bright Colours 5
    • Colour and Texture: Bright Colours 6
    • Colour and Texture: Bright Colours 7
    • Cactus Illustration 1
    • Cactus Illustration 2
    • Cactus Illustration 3
  • U4

    Composition and Pattern

    • Decay Study 1
    • Decay Study 2
    • Botanical Composition 1
    • Botanical Composition 2
    • Creating a Pattern
  • FP

    Final project

    • Botanical Sketchbooking: A Meditative Approach

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Botanical Sketchbooking: A Meditative Approach. Illustration course by Lapin Best seller

Botanical Sketchbooking: A Meditative Approach

A course by Lapin
Urban Sketcher. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined May 2020
  • 97% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 56394 students