Discover the techniques to create compositions illustrated with plants and flowers
Paulina Maciel, designer-illustrator and founder of Canela Estudio-has made botanical watercolor illustration of her profession, applying it to commercial projects for brands such as Palacio de Hierro, Desigual or creative agencies; but also for clients who, depending on their style and criteria, give them total freedom to create. Watercolor allows you to obtain unexpected results and never exactly the same, as happens in nature.
In this course you will learn, step by step, the processes to make illustrations of botanical composition in a precise way, taking as a model the flowers and plants.
About this course
You will start knowing the work of Paulina Maciel and her influences. It will also tell you about the materials you will work with during the course and the technical qualities of these.
Next, you will do some introductory watercolor exercises, which will help you apply the color in different ways and obtain all kinds of textures you will find in nature.
You will learn to apply light and shadow with watercolor to create volume in your illustrations. In addition, you will discover some tricks to identify geometric figures in plants and flowers to make it easier to draw them. You will observe the parts of the plants in detail, which will help you identify the indispensable parts that you will need to integrate into your composition.
You will approach the botanical illustration in two different ways: directly applying the watercolor and using graphite to apply the grisaille technique.
You will make your illustration applying all the techniques learned so far and finally, Paulina will teach you how to digitalize and retouch your illustration in Photoshop so that you can apply it in any design product.
What is this course's project?
You will create an illustration of botanical composition, from a real flower, that will serve as a starting point to design a set of stationery.
Who is it for?
Designers, illustrators, cartoonists and anyone interested in exploring the botanical world through watercolor illustration.
What you need
No previous knowledge is necessary, although for the digitalization and application of your illustrations you must have basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
With regard to the materials, you will need watercolors in tube, pill or liquid; watercolor paper; round brushes and leaves, plants and flowers that will serve as a model.
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Paulina Maciel's first meeting with watercolor took place at the university, while she was studying design; but it was not until some years later that she decided to go deeper and explore the world of nature with this technique, through professional training at a watercolor academy. Her first order was a wedding invitation for some friends and since then many more have come, not always related to the bridal stationery. Her training in design has allowed her to take advantage of her illustrations, applying them in all kinds of projects.